Knock Out Holiday Stress Tip #4 – Anti-Resolution Stress

boxing glovesThe holidays are over and the decorations are put away for many of us as the new year is here.  The end of the year is always a time of reflection, both on the past year and the year to come.  It is also an opportunity to start fresh, which can carry both promise and pressure to succeed.

Many of us are thinking about New Year’s resolutions.  The statistics are against us; only 8% of Americans successfully achieve their resolution, according to a 2013 study by the University of Scranton Journal of Psychology.  My challenge to you this year?  Decide to be anti-resolution, and instead of setting a goal you know you probably won’t achieve, choose to start habits that will improve your life and reduce stress, like exercise or healthy-eating.  Focus on creating healthy habits, not the result and you may find a healthier, less-stressed version of yourself this time next year.

Thank you for being a part of the Knock Out Your Stress: Holiday Series.  I look forward to seeing and hearing from many of you in the New Year.