The start of a new year is the perfect time to turn a new page, which is probably why so many people create New Year's Resolutions. The beginning of a new year often feels like a fresh start, a great opportunity to eliminate bad habits and establish new routines that will help you grow psychologically, emotionally, socially, physically or intellectually. Of course, resolutions are much easier to make than to keep and by the end of January many of us have abandoned our resolve and settled back into our old patterns.
If you have ever made (and broken) a New Year's Resolution, you understand how difficult it can be to change a behavior. One model of behavior change utilized by physicians and therapists is the "Stages of Change" approach, which is frequently used to help patients quit smoking, overcome addictions, and give up a variety of other harmful behaviors. Learn more about the stages of change and how this approach can be applied to making a lasting life change.
Before you begin, be sure to check out these ten tips for keeping a New Year's Resolution.
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