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January- The Most Stressful Month Of The Year?!

January- The Most Stressful Month Of The Year?!

  • January is considered one of the most stressful months of the year for several reasons. One of the biggest: New Year’s resolutions .
  • Well-intentioned goals become a source of stress—stress that prevents you from moving forward and achieving your goals.
  • For each common resolution, look for ways to achieve it in a way that is positive and affirming instead of stressful.


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1. Get Fit?!

1. Get Fit?!

  • The most common New Year's resolution has to do with getting in shape.
  • If you're trying to hit the gym to improve your health, enlist a friend to exercise with you.
  • A workout buddy means you have an incentive to exercise, along with built-in social support.
  • Fitness technology can also help you stay on track.
  • Having all your information in one place and readily available can help you be more aware and get closer to your fitness goals.


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2. Save Money

2. Save Money

  • You know you should save. Sometimes this is easier said than done.
  • But when you look around and it seems like no one else is doing it, you feel alone. 
  • Furthermore, it can be stressful to try to find the money to save. 
  • But budgeting for your future doesn’t have to be a stressful task.


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3. Lose Weight

3. Lose Weight

Turn your weight-loss resolutions into SMART goals . SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. Here are some SMART weight loss goal ideas:

  • I will lose one pound each week until I reach XXX pounds in eight months.
  • I will lose six pounds a month until I reach XXX pounds in one year.


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4. New Diets

4. New Diets

  • Losing weight is a very popular New Year’s resolution, and it's usually a great idea for overall health as well as for the fun of fitting into better clothes.
  • However, especially with certain types of diets, the first days of a new diet can bring frustration (from feeling "deprived" of favorite foods), moodiness (from biological changes in your body), and the loss of a coping mechanism (for emotional eaters who can no longer eat to deal with the stress).
  • It can be as stressful to be around a person who is trying a new diet as it can be to be that person, so stress management is key here as well.


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5. Resolution Perfection

5. Resolution Perfection

  • No matter what the specific change you’re attempting, New Year’s resolutions can be stressful if tackled with the traditional method of setting a high goal and trying to attain it immediately.
  • When people fail once, they tend to give up.
  • This makes keeping resolutions an exercise in perfectionism, which can be stressful for anyone.
  • If you’d like to maintain resolutions with less stress, create a different format for your goals.
  • Take baby steps, build in rewards for your progress, and make a few other minor changes and you will see greater success with less stress.


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