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Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine is a group of psychiatrists in Augusta County, VA specializing in the treatment of mood and thought disorders, major depression, PTSD, Bipolar disorder, and Schizophrenia. The psychiatrists at Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine are passionate about creating a program of care that’s the perfect fit for you. That’s why we offer comprehensive care to all of our patients through group therapy, single therapy, or cognitive behavioral therapy.

Every year, thousands, if not millions, of people make New Year’s Resolutions. Whether it’s to lose weight or quit smoking, people all over the country set goals to start the new year out right. With these resolutions are made with the best of intentions, they are often dropped to the wayside shortly after the new year begins. So, should you or shouldn’t you set a new year’s resolution this year?

There is no one right answer to this question. If you feel pressured to set a new year’s resolution because that’s what is expected of you, chances are that you’re not going to follow through with it. This might in turn lead to feelings of failure and stress. So, you should only set a new year’s resolution if it’s something that you feel that you’re personally invested in.

If you do decide to set a new year’s resolution, make a plan. Come up with ways that you can be successful with this resolution, and set smaller goals along the way as you work to accomplish this goal. For example, if it’s your goal to lose 25 pounds, set up goals for each 5 pounds as you go.

If you meet roadblocks and setbacks in your new year’s resolution, that doesn’t mean that you have to give up on your resolution altogether. In fact, these setbacks are a normal and expected part of reaching a goal. However, many people don’t realize this, and that’s why they give up on their new year’s resolutions the moment that they experience a challenge.

Ultimately, if you want to set a new year’s resolution this year, do it because you personally want to, not because of some tradition. Set smaller goals to help you celebrate your progress along the way as you work towards your bigger goal. And, most importantly, allow yourself some grace and acknowledge that your progress might not be a straight line to success.

If you want to start the new year out with counseling sessions, be sure to give the psychiatrists at Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine a call today.