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By: Coplin Health SystemsDecember 30, 2019

New Year, Realistic Resolutions

The New Year can be a difficult time for many, especially with the pressure to set resolutions. Many folks set goals to lose weight, exercise more or cut out negativity in their lives. But, sometimes these resolutions are unrealistic and can lead to one feeling defeated and disappointed in themselves. Instead, it’s best to work toward your goals by forming habits rather than setting resolutions. Creating new habits can start as a slow process and gradually can filter into your everyday lifestyle.

Keep reading to find out why there’s more value in creating habits and how to get accustomed to a new routine.

  1. Thirty days is a good start.

It takes roughly three to four weeks to make a habit stick. If you can make a habit stick for 30 days, it’s likely that this new routine will become a part of your lifestyle.

  1. Pace yourself.

No one says you have to be able to run a 7-minute mile right away after an exercise hiatus or cut out sugars completely on the first day of the New Year. Instead, take each new goal day-by-day and start out simple with smaller goals in mind. For instance, have in mind that you’ll run a 15-minute mile and gradually lower the number.

  1. Consistency is key.

The more consistent you are the easier the habit will become. If your goal is exercising more, try to exercise around the same time each day or every other day. If you’re cutting out sweets, try only eating sweets on the weekend (at first). Eventually, these habits will become just another part of your day.

  1. Understand you will have off days.

It’s important to recognize that building habits is difficult, and you will have days where you eat that donut on a Saturday or skip a workout. But that’s okay. Shake it off and try again the next day.

  1. Tag team the New Year.

If it’s easier for you, find a friend that has similar goals they’re working toward. This way you will have someone to hold you accountable and make the process a lot smoother and fun for you and the friend.

  1. Out of sight, out of mind. 

Removing any sort of temptation from your life that will interfere in creating healthier habits can make a big difference. Trying to cut out sugar? Keep candy and desserts out of the house. Trying to quit smoking? Toss packs of cigarettes in the trash and politely ask friends/family who smoke to not smoke around you.

  1. Create habits for yourself, not others.

Lifestyle changes should be for yourself, whether that’s exercising more, decreasing sugar intake or watching less TV. Thrive and motivate yourself to move forward knowing that these changes are for you and your benefit.

You shouldn’t feel the pressure to implement outrageous goals because of the idea of a New Year’s Resolution. Instead, take the time to reevaluate what would make you happier and healthier. From there, slowly make the changes you wish to see in yourself.

With these tips and tricks, we at Coplin Health Systems hope the year 2021 brings you the determination and inspiration to establish new, healthy habits.


February 1, 2018

Coplin Welcomes Pediatric Physician

Dr. Cathy A. Dailey has joined our primary care staff as a pediatric physician. She is now seeing patients 18 and under at Parkersburg Family Care.

March 1, 2018

New Family Care Facility Opens in Parkersburg

Coplin Health Systems has opened a second family care clinic at 3705 Emerson Square in Parkersburg. For information, call 304.917.3530.

August 29, 2018

Coplin Health Systems Announces Departure of CEO, Derek Snyder, and Selection of Interim CEO

Coplin Health Systems and its Board are announcing that, effective September 7th, Derek Snyder, its CEO is departing the organization.