It’s funny how we tend to slice up each year, almost like we’re living life based on the decoration schedule from our 1st grade classroom. We go from summer sun with a bright beach ball to colorful leaves and a football, followed up by the jack-o-lantern and the turkey. By this point of the year, January’s resolutions have been papered over with a whole slew of events and holidays.
Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be this way for you. With the start of a new school year and the end of vacation season, it’s the perfect time to review your goals for this year and finish strong.
According to a recent study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, when people undergo stress, they’re just as likely to fall back into good habits as they are into bad habits. The stressful situations that lead one person to a quart of chocolate ice cream can push someone else to head out on a bike ride. So it’s not inherently hard to make good choices – just to change habits. Once they’re established, you can turn to them in stressful times for mental relaxation without the guilt associated with bad habits.
Autumn is the perfect time to reassess how you’re doing on your important goals, and readjust your habits to prepare for the upcoming holiday season. Review your resolutions from earlier in the year, and assess which ones have become positive habits and which ones need more work. Then select one habit to change during the next three weeks, and start focusing on the benefits of the change and resolving the obstacles that stand in your way.
By changing your habit now, you can prove its strength to yourself during the stresses of the holiday season, and find a new excitement for personal growth that helps you set up your resolutions for next year. Thank goodness we don’t have to wait for snowmen and a calendar page.