Monarch medical director discusses achieving New Year’s resolutions, mental wellness

Another important part of making an attainable resolution is a good understanding of personal needs. Think about what makes you happy, and what gives you a sense of achievement, McHale says.

“Oftentimes, New Year’s resolutions tend to be for others, but they should be personal goals instead,”shares McHale. “You’re setting yourself up for failure if your resolution is to make someone else content or happy.”

If you make a resolution to stop smoking but you’re only doing it for a spouse, it’s unlikely you’ll be successful, McHale explains. Rather, choose a resolution of which you can take ownership.

Once you’ve identified that resolution, he explains, next comes the step of implementing a plan to achieve your goals. He suggests the 50-percent rule. For example, if you want to lose 50 pounds, give yourself six months to lose 25 pounds, then evaluate your progress after that time period. 

By breaking down a goal, McHale says, you make it more realistic, and more attainable, increasing the odds for your success.

Established in 1958, Monarch is a not-for-profit organization that provides support statewide to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance abuse challenges. The agency is nationally accredited by The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) and certified by The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services as a Critical Access Behavioral Health Agency (CABHA). Monarch operates The Arc of Stanly County, which is a chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States. To learn more about how Monarch provides support, please call (866) 272-7826.

Pictured: Dr. Robert McHale