A new year! A new start! A new you! What is your goal (or goals) for the New Year? Do you make New Year’s resolutions, just to get frustrated and give up before the end of first day or week of January? Researchers state that 60% of the population will make a new year’s resolution and only 8% are successful in keeping it. Have you considered making a small achievable goal that can be obtained daily? Start with writing your goal down. The goal can be something small, for example “unplug” for 5 minutes each day – no mobile devices, laptops, social media – just peace and quiet. The first time you try this might seem like 5 hours instead of minutes! Studies show it takes 21 days to change a habit. Just think…you could have this New Year’s goal achieved by January 22nd! Be mindful in the moment (or 5 minutes) and let your mind rest from the everyday stressors. Soon you will look forward to the peace and quiet.
If you find that your stressors (work, home, family) are affecting your health – mental, emotional, etc, consider calling EAN to speak with a counselor. You can reach us by phone at 828-252-5725 or 800-454-1477.