LEAD Wellness Moment
by Amy Carnow, JD, LCSW
At the beginning of a new year, so many of us are focused on making positive changes or New Year’s resolutions. Things like taking better care of ourselves or spending more quality time with our loved ones often top the list. We usually start out strong, but our motivation and perseverance ultimately begin to fizzle. Need proof? Just look at the crowd at any health club during the first few weeks of January, and then again in March. Unfortunately, once the resolution is “broken” most of us give up, leaving our good intentions behind.
Try looking at things a little differently this year. Think of it as a focused dedication to making a lifelong change rather than a more temporary resolution. Expect your motivation to fluctuate. When (not if!) you find yourself falling off course, notice that and then redirect yourself back to the goals and changes you are working towards. Make an effort to troubleshoot regularly to figure out what is getting in the way, and then experiment until you find solutions that work. Remember to be flexible, as lasting change usually requires more than one approach over time. Repeat all of these steps as necessary, and don’t forget to celebrate each success along the way. Last but not least, have a very happy and healthy New Year!
Amy Carnow, JD, LCSW is a therapist and owner of Better Days Therapeutic Services in Lake Bluff. She provides individual therapy for adolescents and adults as well as workshops on a variety of wellness topics.