Happy New Year!
As we head into the New Year people are trying to hang on to their recently made resolutions. However, it is not enough to simply make a resolution; you must be motivated to sticking to it, according to one wellness professional.
Here are four keys to success in keeping resolutions that wellness program managers can share with program participants:
The first key to success is learning how to stay motivated.
“Motivation comes in spurts, so you have to work at keeping it in the forefront of your mind.”
Wellness program managers can help with employee motivation in a number of ways.
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Motivation exercises can help in employees’ daily life at work as well as at home.
One wellness professional has developed ways of maintaining motivation over long periods of time with such tools as using personal slogans, imagery and everyday stimuli as motivational prompts.
For instance having a plan of action is essential.
“You have to accept that changing behavior requires time, effort and attention,” the wellness executive said
Having a plan is key to many people who may not have any idea of how to get started on the road to wellness. An efficiently designed wellness program will give employees the structure they need.
Not only do you need motivation and a plan of action, but you also need the skills that will help you be successful. “Just deciding to change is only the first step. It’s fine to make a resolution to lose weight, but if you don’t know how to resist temptation or manage emotional eating, for example, you’re not likely to be successful.”
The final key to sticking with a personal resolution is support. Most resolutions target long- time, frequent behaviors so changing them occurs slowly.
“If you’re not expecting to make realistic changes, you are embarking on a long-range effort. Although there is a common myth that it takes three weeks to change a habit, it actually takes much longer — at least a year to develop a long-lasting positive habit,” he said.
Having the support of a wellness program can help make employees feel like they’re not alone. If an employee feels comfortable with a program and is given incentives to stick with it, then changing habits will come with time.