Monday, October 25, 2021

What Happened to New Year’s Resolutions?

To Your Health

Photo by Scott Lowe | Scott Lowe.

Another January 1st has come and gone, and I once again wonder “What happened to New Year’s Resolutions?” There was a time when it seemed everyone enthusiastically “resolved” to put their best foot forward in the new year.

Over the years, this time-honored practice of annual goal setting appears to have become something to joke about. The assumption seems to be that—by establishing New Year’s Resolutions—we’re setting ourselves up to fail.

As the Market CEO of Physicians Regional Healthcare System, let me offer this thought: You do NOT have to fail at improving yourself. Regardless of whether you choose to sit down and make an actual list of resolutions or not, we are here to help you succeed. Let me explain.

According to a recent article in INC magazine, about 60% of us make New Year’s Resolutions but only about 8% are successful in achieving them.

We’ve just begun 2020 and 60% of the people I know don’t seem to be “resolving” much. The likely reason? Self-sabotage and/or a fear of failure.

Clinical psychologist Dr. Judy Ho, co-host of “The Doctors,” explains, “Self-sabotage shows up as thoughts and behaviors that undermine our best interests and conscious intentions—and it comes at a cost. Over time, when not addressed, self-sabotage depletes our motivation and drive. When we fail time and again to achieve our goals but can’t identify why, we become frustrated, defeated and stop trying.”

And when it comes to your health, giving up is never an option.

The same INC article provided a list of the top 10 New Year’s resolutions based on a survey of 2,000 people. Though most resolutions have always focused on healthy living, if you look closer, all of them can have a healthy spin.

  1. Diet or eat healthier (71%) – No explanation necessary. Your primary care physician and/or one of our skilled dieticians would be more than happy to discuss this goal with you.
  2. Exercise more (65%) – Again, no explanation necessary. I can, but other resolutions need more attention.
  3. Lose weight (54&) – To get started, see #1 & #2.
  4. Save more and spend less (32%) – Though we at Physician’s Regional pride ourselves on state-of-the-art facilities that are home to a variety of highly skilled medical specialists, preventative care is “in.”
    • When we work together to keep you healthy, you naturally “save more and spend less” because you spend less time at the doctor’s office and more time doing the things you love.
  5. Learn a new skill or hobby (26%) – Speaking of things you love, please see #1, #2 and #3 for healthy hobby suggestions.
  6. Quit smoking (21%) – Again, no explanation necessary. Well, at this point, I certainly hope not.
  7. Read more (17%) – May I suggest you consider healthcare-related reading material. (You can start by visiting and searching “Scott Lowe.” The list goes on and on.)
  8. Find another job (16%) – Though the correlation between health and happiness is often under debate, the human need for contentment is not. And there’s nothing worse than being unhappy at work.
    • Psychology Today reports that positive psychology interventions—including practicing gratitude and kindness, savoring positive events, and engaging in mindfulness—can increase psychological well-being. A steady and varied diet of positive emotional experiences can be a key contributor to a healthy life. 
    • As one of the largest employers in Southwest Florida—and given our growth and service line additions—we are actively recruiting for multiple positions. Please consider Physicians Regional for the next stop on your career path. Find out more at
    • To the retirees in our community who need a more challenging and purposeful life, there are numerous volunteer organizations that need your time, talent and ideas—and Physicians Regional is no exception.
    • We are always seeking compassionate and sensitive volunteers who are comfortable with persons and families facing a life-threatening illness. We need those who can understand and adapt to different cultural, racial, sexual, spiritual and intellectual needs of a client and family members. Please visit us online to learn more:
  9. Drink less alcohol (15%) – Excess alcohol consumption is a serious matter. Considering the holiday season has passed, now may be a good time to reflect on your drinking habits. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways and can affect the way the brain looks and works.
    • These disruptions can change mood and behavior and make it harder to think clearly and move with coordination. Excess alcohol can also negatively impact the heart, liver and pancreas. There is also a strong scientific consensus of an association between alcohol drinking and several types of cancer.
  10. Spend more time with family and friends (13%) – I am most surprised that this resolution landed so far down the list. Then again, I have a heightened professional view of friends and family.
    • So many of our doctors, nurses and clinicians share a belief in the importance of “treating patients as if they are a member of the family.” I’ve heard it over and over again. I see how our work impacts the family unit every single day. Though many people and organizations have claimed that “family comes first,” at Physicians Regional, it’s an essential part of who we are.

Considering their undeniable focus on health, New Year’s Resolutions have my vote. So please keep them coming. Even though 2020 is underway, creating the list should get you thinking about your health more.

For those who think we put too much pressure on January 1st, there are 364 other days capable of hosting the launch of your healthy living goals.

The only thing that matters is that you make good lifestyle choices in January, February, March and beyond. And let us help you along the way.

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