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Monday, January 3, 2022   

It is time for a new calendar and, for many people, it also means resolutions to change their lifestyles.

It can be a big task for people who have committed to new year's resolutions to stick to them.

Darren Bushee, mental-health clinician and field care coordinator for Optum Idaho, has some tips. He said changing your lifestyle is difficult, and it is best to consider your mindset going into the shift.

"You can think of it not just as a resolution but as an evolution," Bushee suggested. "Lifestyle changes are a process that take time like an evolution and requires support. So once you're ready to make that change, the difficult part is committing and following through."

Bushee pointed out people can get caught up in goals they have not attained in the past, but advised people not to be too down on themselves.

Bushee noted one of the keys to attaining a goal is to break it down into manageable steps.

"Your plan is, in essence, a map that will guide you on this journey," Bushee explained. "One of the things you want to do is be specific. You want to exercise more? Detail the time of day. Write everything down and ask yourself if you're confident these activities and goals are realistic for you."

Bushee also recommended people attempt to change one behavior at a time.

"Unhealthy behaviors develop over a course of time," Bushee observed. "Replacing unhealthy behaviors with healthy ones requires more time obviously, right? So many people run into problems when they try to change too much too fast."

He added people should make the resolutions public. He urged telling a friend, asking for support from them, and accepting help from them when they offer.

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Optum Idaho 2022

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