January 1st marked the start of the New Year, and the push for New Year's Resolutions and goal setting. According to a recent Urban Plates/Ipsos poll, 2 in every 5 Americans have made New Year's resolutions, with 47% surveyed saying healthier eating is a top priority for 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic has played a big factor in goal setting this year, in which the poll shows 42% are putting their focus on mental health.
Do Resolutions Last?
Over half of those who make resolutions do not keep them throughout the year, with 1 in 10 keeping them for less than a month. Top reasons for breaking resolutions are a lack of motivation (35%), being too busy (19%), and 1 in 10 said they did not have the support they needed to be successful.
Throughout the month of January, we will be sharing tips for establishing healthy habits in the New Year on our social media channels so our community members can create positive, obtainable goals for themselves.
Preparing for The New Year At Mid-Atlantic
As our team geared up for the holiday season, our culture champion and site director Kylee Rose, LCSW cultivated an end-of-year activity to learn new habits, be healthy, and have a little fun while doing it. Each Newark team member was given a gingerbread version of themselves that was placed on a playing board, as well as a list of activities to complete between Thanksgiving and New Year. These activities spanned practices for physical, mental, and emotional health, as well as encouraged kindness towards their peers and the community. Everyone was asked to document their progress to collect points and were able to move their gingerbread person along the game board as they did so. All activities were small and obtainable, and sharing progress acted as an accountability and support tool. Prizes were awarded at landmarks and ended with sharing their New Year’s resolutions, with the hope that some were determined from picking up new habits along the way.
Have Some Fun In The New Year
We have adapted our team’s game for you to try out now. Tracking and sharing your progress is a great tool to keep you motivated and accountable. We suggest recruiting a friend, family member, or co-worker to join you. Track progress in a text chain, share on social media, or keep a photo diary. We’ve kept the point values for those who thrive off of incentives. Determine point goal rewards along the way, reflect as you go, and integrate activities you like into your daily routine.
The Activity List can be found here.