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7 Tips to Avoid New Years Resolution Anxiety

Eileen Bailey Jan 2nd, 2013 (updated Jan 7th, 2014)
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Resolutions don’t need to be major changes. Although it is good to look forward to the future with optimism and hope, we don’t have to succumb to the pressure of changing overnight or letting go of every negative thought. We don’t have to feel like failures when we don’t follow through. The following tips may help you to find ways to make changes in the upcoming year.

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Make mini resolutions
Make mini resolutions

Small changes have a way of adding up and creating positive energy in our life. Instead of saying, “I am going to lose 25 pounds,” focus on making healthy choices. For example, you might switch one unhealthy snack a day for a healthier choice.Then you can decide to stay away from fast-food restaurants. Each time you follow through on your mini-resolution, you feel good about the achievement.

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Don’t go it alone
Don’t go it alone

Reach out and ask for help. If you don’t yet have a diagnosis for anxiety, make an appointment with your doctor, and talk about what treatment options are available. If you do have a diagnosis, but aren’t feeling better, talk with your doctor about what else you can do to help manage symptoms. Talk with a therapist, look for support groups, and surround yourself with encouraging people.

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Look at your overall treatment plan and make changes where needed
Look at your overall treatment plan and make changes where needed

An overall treatment plan often includes therapy and lifestyle changes, not just medications. If you have overwhelming feelings of anxiety, it may be time to review your complete treatment plan and work with a team of professionals to create an overall plan that focuses not just on reducing anxiety symptoms but creating a healthier lifestyle.

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Celebrate all your accomplishments - no matter how small
Celebrate all your accomplishments - no matter how small

Celebrate every small accomplishment. If your social anxiety has you looking down at your feet to avoid conversation with anyone, and today you said “hello” to one person, congratulate yourself. If you remembered to do deep breathing exercises or spent 10 minutes on physical activity, pat yourself on the back.

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Make your goals specific and realistic
Make your goals specific and realistic

The more specific and realistic your goal, the better chance you have of achieving it. Break your goal down into the steps needed to make it happen and focus on each step instead of looking at the overall goal. As you complete a step, cross it out and work toward the second step. It doesn’t matter how long it takes to complete each step, simply work on it until you have accomplished it and then move on.

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Make positive lifestyle changes
Make positive lifestyle changes

Adding 10 or 15 minutes of exercise to your day, getting enough sleep and eating right all help you to manage anxiety. If you aren’t sure what types of exercise you should be doing, talk with your doctor and set up an exercise regime that you can complete each day. Anxiety issues worsen with lack of sleep or food, so making sure to take care of yourself physically is also taking care of yourself emotionally.

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Learn about anxiety
Learn about anxiety

Whether you have social anxietyPTSD or panic attacks, the more you understand the better able you can cope with and manage your symptoms. Take time to read about anxiety disorders and how other people have learned to cope. Reading about other’s experiences can not only give you ideas on how you can cope but can also help motivate you to make positive changes in your life.