Today is the day resolutions are made, and just as often, broken. Watching others resolve then dissolve leads us to question our ability to alter our behaviors.
The American Psychological Association asserts change is possible, however, and offers these tips for making and keeping New Year’s resolutions:
Start small — Make resolutions that you think you can keep. If, for example, your aim is to exercise more frequently, schedule three or four days a week at the gym instead of seven. If you would like to eat healthier, try replacing dessert with something else you enjoy, like fruit or yogurt, instead of seeing your diet as a form of punishment.
Change one behavior at a time — Unhealthy behaviors develop over the course of time. Thus, replacing unhealthy behaviors with healthy ones requires time. Don’t get overwhelmed and think that you have to reassess everything in your life. Instead, work toward changing one thing at a time.
Don’t beat yourself up — Perfection is unattainable. Remember that minor missteps when reaching your goals are completely normal and OK. Don’t give up completely because you ate a brownie and broke your diet, or skipped the gym for a week because you were busy. Everyone has ups and downs; resolve to recover from your mistakes and get back on track.
Ask for support — Accepting help from those who care about you and will listen strengthens your resilience and ability to manage stress caused by your resolution. If you feel overwhelmed or unable to meet your goals on your own, consider seeking professional help. Psychologists are uniquely trained to understand the connection between the mind and body. They can offer strategies as to how to adjust your goals so that they are attainable, as well as help you change unhealthy behaviors and address emotional issues.
Talk about it — Share your experiences with family and friends. Consider joining a support group to reach your goals, such as a workout class at your gym or a group of coworkers quitting smoking. Having someone to share your struggles and successes with makes your journey to a healthier lifestyle that much easier and less intimidating.
Organizations in our area to turn to include:
GREYSHEETERS ANONYMOUS, Tuesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Grace Fellowship Church, 1 Fellowship Point, Kingsport. A 12-Step program for men and women who have a desire to stop eating compulsively. (Joy at 631-6587 or Doreen at 967-0253)
OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS, Tuesday, 7:30-9 p.m., Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 225 Princeton Road. A 12-step program for people who meet to recover from compulsive overeating or undereating. (282-6722)
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) No. TN3021, Tuesday, 6 p.m., Oakland Avenue Baptist Church, Oakland Ave. (928-3244)
AA CENTRAL GROUP, Mondays, noon, 6 and 8 p.m., 213 E. Maple St..
AA PHOENIX WOMEN’S GROUP, Mondays, 7 p.m., Jonesborough United Methodist Church, Main Street, Jonesborough, for women only.
CELEBRATE RECOVERY, Mondays, 6:30-9 p.m. University Parkway Baptist Church, 219 University Parkway. A confidential Christian recovery program for adults with hurts, hang-ups and habits. (www.greatpages.2itb.com/cr.html, 926-5841)
ADULT CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLICS, Mondays, 7:30 p.m., Wesley United Methodist Church, 225 Princeton Road. A 12-step group open to anyone who grew up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional family. (926-9402)
AA EYE OPENER GROUP, Tuesdays, 7 a.m. St. Mary’s School, 2211 E. Lakeview, Annex B, St. Anne’s Classroom. Meeting open, features discussion, nonsmoking and is handicapped accessible
AA UNITY GROUP, Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m., Watauga Avenue Presbyterian Church, 610 E. Watauga Ave. (282-9657)
AL-ANON NEW BEGINNINGS FAMILY GROUP, Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Covenant Presbyterian Church, 603 Sunset Drive.
AL-ANON NEW LIFE FAMILY GROUP, Tuesdays, 10 a.m., Harrison Christian Church, Peoples Street and Browns Mill Road. A 12-Step recovery/support group for family and friends of alcoholics.
AA CENTRAL GROUP, Wednesdays, noon, 6 and 8 p.m., 213 E. Maple St.,
AA EYE OPENER GROUP, Wednesdays, 7 a.m. St. Mary’s School, 2211 E. Lakeview, Annex B, St. Anne’s Classroom. Meeting open, features discussion, is handicapped accessible and nonsmoking
JUST FOR TODAY GROUP OF NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS, Wednesdays, 8 p.m., Crossroads Alcohol & Drug Center, 409 E. Elk Ave., Elizabethton. (800-677-1462)
AA GREAT AWAKENINGS, Thursdays, 7 a.m. Munsey Counseling Center, 215 E. Market St. Meeting open, features discussion, is handicapped accessible and nonsmoking
AA CENTRAL GROUP, Thursdays, 213 E. Maple St., noon, 6 and 8 p.m.
AL-ANON NEW HOPE, Thursdays, noon, Covenant Presbyterian Church, 603 Sunset Drive. A recovery/support group for family and friends of alcoholics.
HOPE ON THE HORIZON AL-ANON FAMILY GROUP, Thursdays, 7 p.m., Cherokee United Methodist Church, 2615 S. Roan St.
JUST FOR TODAY GROUP OF NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS, Thursdays, 9:30 p.m., Cross-roads Alcohol & Drug Center, 409 E. Elk Ave., Elizabethton. (800-677-1462)
LIVING AA, Saturdays, 9 a.m. Munsey Counseling Center, 215 E. Market St. Meeting open, features discussion, is handicapped accessible and nonsmoking
AA CENTRAL GROUP, 213 E. Maple St., Saturdays, noon, 6 and 8 p.m.
WOMEN WITH SEXUALLY ADDICTED SPOUSES/PARTNERS, Sundays, 7:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, Sanctuary Building Room 215, 200 W. Church Circle, Kingsport. Information: 247-4122, Ext. 17.
AA CENTRAL GROUP, 213 E. Maple St., Sundays, 11 a.m., 6 and 8 p.m.
NICOTINE ANONYMOUS, 213 E. Maple St., Sundays, 1 p.m.
GRIEF SHARE: GRIEF RECOVERY SUPPORT GROUP, 6 p.m., 101 Med Tech Parkway, Suite 101, Medical Center Hospice office. (431-7699)
SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE SUPPORT GROUP, fourth Monday, 6-8 p.m., Boones Creek Christian Church, Entrance K, Room 403. SOS is for individuals who have lost someone to suicide or for individuals who are interested in suicide prevention or who might have helpful information to share. (Linda Phipps Harold, 423-361-2087)
COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS, third Tuesday, 6 p.m., Jonesborough Presbyterian Church, 128 W. Main St., Jonesborough. Compassionate Friends is for parents who have lost children of any age. (913-1214)
SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE, first Friday, 7 p.m., Bristol, Va., Crisis Center, 100 Oakview Ave. (276-466-2218, 276-628-7731 or 928-8522)
HEALTH/MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES
ALZHEIMER’S COMMUNITY GROUP, Tuesdays, 6 p.m., Sycamore Shoals Hospital classrooms, right side of hospital entrance, Elizabethton, second Tuesday of every month. (542-1358)
AUTISM OUTREACH, 6:30-7:30 p.m., second Tuesday, Belmont Baptist Baptist Church, Mount Carmel, sponsored by Friends of Belmont Baptist Church, activity building behind the church, child care during meeting can be arranged (357-9898)
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SUPPORT GROUP, 6:30 p.m. second Tuesday of the month, Quillen Rehabilitation Hospital Cafeteria, 2511 Wesley St. (Bonnie Aubin, 467-2597)
MENDED HEARTS, fourth Thursday, Niswonger Children’s Hospital conference rooms. For parents and families of children with heart defects and heart disease. (341-6455 or www.mendedhearts.org)
NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS, JOHNSON CITY AREA, second Thursday, 7 p.m., Harrison Christian Church, 2517 Browns Mill Road. (543-4315)
DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS, third Friday, 5 p.m., 302 W. Oakland Ave. (926-0734 or 360-8549)
ASSISTING SPECIAL KIDS NETWORK, third Sunday, 3 p.m. meeting, Boones Creek Christian Church (Mary Kibbe 913-2203 or asknetwork.org)
TRI-CITIES MARINE CORPS LEAGUE WOMEN’S AUXILIARY, 7 p.m. second Tuesday of the month, Gray Tennessee Community Center. (Chris Larkey, 282-4905)
WOMEN OF THE MOOSE, Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m., 1801 W. Lakeview Drive.
THE BLUE RIDGE QUILT GUILD, first Wednesday of each month, 10 a.m.-noon, Our Savior Lutheran Church.
KINGSPORT’S BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUP, 1 p.m. second Thursday, 6:30 p.m. third Thursday, Colonial Heights Baptist Church conference room. (877-997-8677)
MOMS IN TOUCH INTERNATIONAL, INDIAN TRAIL MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAPTER, 8:30 a.m. An international organization of moms praying for their children in schools. (467-4252)
MOMS IN TOUCH INTERNATIONAL, LAKE RIDGE CHAPTER, 8:30 a.m., 205 Emerald Chase Circle. An international organization of moms praying for their children in schools. (467-4252)
NEWCOMERS CLUB OF JOHNSON CITY, third Thursday, 10:30 a.m. social time, 11 a.m. business meeting, Johnson City Country Club, 1901 E. Unaka Ave. Buffet lunch, at a cost of $12, by reservation. (477-3646)
JOHNSON CITY WOMEN’S CLUB, second Friday, 10:30 a.m. social time, noon lunch, Johnson City Public Library (June Ingram 753-4665)
BUTLER RURITAN, fourth Monday, 6:30 p.m. potluck, 7 p.m. meeting, Butler Ruritan Hall, Piercetown Road, Butler. (768-3159 or 768-2432)
ROTARY CLUB OF JOHNSON CITY, noon, Johnson City Country Club. (928-5771)
SIERRA CLUB, 7-9 p.m., Princeton Arts Center, 2516 E. Oakland Ave. (753-9697)
NATIVIC CIVITAN CLUB, noon, Holiday Inn. (461-1243)
BLUE KNIGHTS TN6 MOTORCYCLE CLUB, dinner 6 p.m., meeting 7 p.m., third Thursday of each month, Golden Corral, membership open to all active or retired law enforcement with a motorcycle. (232-8825)
FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE UNAKA LODGE 93, fourth Thursday, Erwin, membership to all retired or active certified full-time law enforcement officers, including full-time POST-certified officers and active FOP members transferring intothe area (retired officers may also qualify). (Dan Moeser at 232-8825)
JOHNSON CITY CIVITAN CLUB, 6 p.m., D.P. Culp Center, ETSU
JOHNSON CITY LIONS CLUB, Johnson City Country Club, noon, first and third Thursdays of each month. Board meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at noon.
ARTS, MUSIC & COLLECTIBLES
DIFFERENT STROKES FOR TOLE FOLKS, 10 a.m., second Tuesday, January through May and September through December, Northeast Church of Christ, 2217 Beechnut Drive, Kingsport, local chapter of the National Society of Decorative Painters art group (323-2476)
THE HILLS ARE ALIVE! CHORUS OF SWEET ADELINES INTERNATIONAL, 7 p.m., Carolina Pottery Outlet Mall, Suite 247, Exit 66 off I-81. (926-5572 or 239-7379)
KARAOKE KLUB, 7 p.m., Holiday Inn of Johnson City. Members are not required to sing. (426-1810)
WATAUGA VALLEY ART LEAGUE, 2 p.m. third Sunday, Johnson City Seniors’ Center. (Patsy Kelley Reading, 743-7799)
STATE OF FRANKLIN ANTIQUE BOTTLE & COLLECTIBLE ASSOCIATION, fourth Tuesday, 7 p.m. Appalachian Fairgrounds ticket office, Gray. (Fred Milner, 928-4445)
EAST TENNESSEE CHRISTIAN SINGLES, first and third Tuesdays, 6 p.m., Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church. Dinner and program; reservations by Monday. (461-8070, Ext. 201)
TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONAL, Volunteer Toastmasters local chapter, first, third and fifth Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Jonesborough Public Library (477-3071 or 753-3005)
UNICOI NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH, third Thursday, 7 p.m., Unicoi Town Hall. (743-3267)
VOLUNTEER TOASTMASTERS CLUB, first, third and fifth Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., Washington County-Jonesborough Public Library. (753-3005)