All Jefferson County Department of Health centers will delay opening (Wednesday, January 17, 2018) until 12:30 pm due to inclement weather.

Tips for Keeping your New Year’s Resolutions

As the new year rolls in, there are many people with New Year’s resolutions. Even though keeping resolutions is sometimes a challenge, it can be easy if you have the right mindset. Most people choose to eat healthier, to lose weight, or to quit smoking as their goal for the year. Here are a few tips that’ll help keep you sane no matter what your resolution may be.

Plan Ahead.

Whatever your goal may be, planning ahead is the only way to ensure that you are prepared. If your goal is to eat healthier, doing some research on meal prepping may be beneficial to you.

Start Small.

It’s always best to work in small segments when making a lifestyle change. Starting small will get you used to a routine and allow for gradual increase. For example, If your goal is to exercise more frequently, plan to be active 3 to 4 days a week instead of 7. This way, you won’t exhaust yourself and it’ll be easier to work your way up.

Talk About It.

You may find that talking about your goals to those that are close to you will give you more motivation. You may even discover that those same people have similar goals as well. This is a way to form a support group with each other. Having someone to share your experiences with makes your journey less intimidating.

Reward Yourself.

You work hard and you are dedicated to attaining your goal. Reward yourself! Every once in a while, you should be recognized for your good work. For instance, if you met your goal of going to the gym three days out of the week for a month, reward yourself with a trip to the spa! Small rewards are great encouragement to keep up the good work!

Good luck and best wishes to you and your goals for 2018!