The new year is just around the corner, and with it comes a whole new set of promises people make to themselves to lead a better life in the next 12 months. Yet however popular New Year's resolutions are to be made, there's always a tongue-in-cheek nature to them: Just about everyone makes a vow to join a gym, but just how many keep that resolution? And just how many are actually going the gym when the calendar flips to March.
The new year is a great time to make an improvement in your life, but resolutions can only have as much of an impact as you allow them to. Sticking by your plans can be tough indeed, but if now's not the time to change for the better – when is? If you want to take a positive step forward in your life, consider making some of these resolutions for healthier living i 2018:
Kicking a cigarette or tobacco addiction is right up there with joining a gym when it comes to New Year's resolutions. However, it's one that's often just as likely to be ditched by the time spring rolls around. Why? Because quitting smoking is hard: incredibly hard. Yet the serious and damaging health complications that can result from a smoking habit are far too great to ignore. The difficulty here is that most cigarette smokers actually want to quit, but have a hard time keeping their resolutions. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 7 in 10 American adults who smoke want to quit, and half had made at least one attempt to quit within a year of being surveyed in 2015.
Among the most important actions to take in stopping smoking is getting support and more information. Going it alone can be too great of a challenge to face by yourself. Consider:
- Talking to a doctor: Understanding the full scope of how smoking affects your health may be able to provide all the motivation needed to make a change. Talking to a physician can also alert you to what specific steps you can take to quit; like
- Using quitting products: Whether nicotine gum or patches, products that assist in cessation shouldn't be overlooked. Going cold turkey is difficult for any substance addiction, cigarettes and tobacco included.
Join a support group
No matter what resolution you make to yourself in the new year (whether to eat better, exercise more or change a negative behavior), you can always stand to improve your chances of success by joining a support group. You're not the only one making promises to start the new year, and finding people in the same position and with similar life experiences can make your path ahead seem less fraught and difficult.
Finding a support group and participating in one can be cathartic and helpful, but also difficult. Resolutions often address personal issues, and bringing those to a group can be stressful. Just remember everyone there is in the same boat and interested in seeing you make better lifestyle choices.
Reach out for professional help
Sometimes, a support group isn't enough. If you're dealing with a serious substance addiction or other type of disorder that you've targeted as addressing in 2018, sometimes it takes reaching out for professional help to set you on the right track.
Especially if you have been living with an eating disorder or drinking or drug problem does this advice become all the more important. Tackling such heavy issues by yourself may only stand to exacerbate the issue. Making a dedicated, concerted effort to eat right or get sober is a great resolution to make, but only through right action can it actually be brought about.
If you or a loved one you know is dealing with such problems and wants to get better in the new year, please consider contacting Fairwinds Treatment Centers today for more information on our locations and how our services can help. Making healthier and better life choices in 2018 are great resolutions to make, but be sure you have the tools, advice and support to follow through on those promises.