all nursesThe New Year brings on a “fresh start” feel to our lives that should come from the heart. And even if we are all nurses, it may have different meanings for each of us. This means that there is no “one right way” to set up your New Year’s goals or resolutions. So many of us get caught up in the hype of the media pushing us to think that their ideas are what we should do. Look inside your soul as to what may interest, inspire, motivate or challenge you. Whatever this is for you, think of it as your new beginning. A “rebirth” if you would, into yourself.

I honestly feel that your goal for the New Year should be about you, not necessarily all about your nursing career, family or commitments. If you would like to have a better relationship or job, it still needs to start with yourself.

So set your goals appropriately. Do not set “Monster Resolutions” that are going to take most of the year to accomplish, if you do at all. Set a small goal or a series of small goals. Then feel good about each step in the process. Too often we set ourselves up for failure by setting an unobtainable or unrealistic resolution/goal.

Here are some helpful tips:

  1. Involve family, nursing co-workers and friends in your resolution, if possible. The more people you can tell your resolutions to, the more cheerleaders you create along the way. There is no shame in asking for help!

  2. Reward yourself for obtaining each small step in your resolution.

  3. Write things down every day. Whatever it is, mark your progress by journaling. When we write things down, we tend to hold ourselves more accountable. Also, when we read it every day, it gives us more motivation to keep true to ourselves and our nursing values.

Hopefully these New Year’s resolution tips have been helpful. Remember to make the New Year fun and rewarding. Keep in mind that it shouldn’t be just all about nursing, but it should be all about you.

Happy 2016, Nurses! Be Fit, Be Healthy, Be Happy! – Tanya

About the Author: Tanya Stroh, B.S., NSCA, ACE, is the founder and creator of the “6 Week Shape UP Challenge” with Sequential Progression fitness routine. She believes that a fit & healthy lifestyle is a process that you build upon, that’s why her approach to exercise with Sequential Progression is so effective. After getting her as a trainer, Tanya’s clients have successfully improved and achieved their health goals because of this approach to fitness.