As a clinical psychologist, I've always liked the tradition of taking stock at year's end to see which health habits are working and which need changing. But not all of us benefit from this tradition. If you're serious about using the new year to make a healthy lifestyle change, here are useful points to keep in mind.
A New Year's resolution is an outward sign of an inward process. Ideally, it's a statement of readiness: "I've thought about making a change that's important to me and I'm now ready to take action. I value being healthy and I'm now ready and willing to align my behavior with that value."