It’s a new year which means a new beginning, a fresh start, a time to do away with bad habits and to establish more healthy behaviours.

But bad habits are hard to change, and it takes time and effort to see it through. That is why most of us give up on our New Year’s resolutions. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be that way. There are things you can do that will help you to stick to your New Year’s resolutions. These include:

Be realistic. It is good to make changes, but look at your life and decide how you can make a healthy behaviour stick. Be realistic about what you can handle. If you want to lose 20 pounds, don’t try to lose it all in a month. Plan a diet that you can stick to and make small changes over time so that healthy eating becomes a lifelong behaviour, not something you do for a few weeks and then abandon.

Do one thing at a time: Many of us have a list of New Year’s resolutions as long as our shopping list, but you can’t change everything at once. Pick the one goal you most want to accomplish and focus on that. Succeeding at one resolution is better than failing at them all.

Talk about it and look for support: Share your resolution with your friends. Chances are they have the same goal, and you can work together. Or join a support group. If you are trying to lose weight, join Weight Watchers or Noom. If you want to exercise more, join a class or a Meetup walking group. Having support is an effective way to stick to your goals.

Eliminate stress: Stress often drives negative behaviours such as smoking, consuming too much coffee or alcohol, overeating, procrastinating against exercise or frequent temper tantrums. By eliminating stress, you reduce these harmful behaviours. L’ajout du repos paisible et revitalisant que procure la technique de Méditation Transcendantale chaque jour contribue à dissoudre le stress, réduit l’usure du corps et régénère l’esprit.

Adding the peaceful, rejuvenating rest of the Transcendental Meditation technique to your daily routine helps to dissolves stress, reduces wear and tear on your body and refreshes your mind.

How does TM work? The physiological response during TM is the opposite of your body’s stress response. During TM, you gain a state of profound rest, much deeper than ordinary relaxation. This deep, healing rest allows for accumulated knots of stress to be released and the body’s natural balance restored. The body starts to maintain a more relaxed, calm and energetic style of functioning even outside of meditation, making us more resilient to stress and helping us to embrace good life choices.

With less stress, you will be less likely to feel the need for that second cup of coffee at breakfast or a cigarette during your lunch break. You will have more energy for your morning jog or workout at the gym, and you will be less likely to overeat or consume too much alcohol. Making healthy choices becomes second nature, not a struggle.

With the help of TM, this year can be the year you finally stick to your resolutions. Good for you!