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IT'S YOUR BACK newsletter, Issue #007-New Year's Resolution for Back Pain
January 15, 2015

7 Suggestions for Achieving Your Lower Back Pain Resolutions

Here we are well into the New Year. Have you made your New Year's resolution for your low back pain? Are you still keeping that resolution or have you simply gone back to your old habits and ways?

Here are seven simple suggestions to help you keep your resolutions going all year:

1. Make a reasonable resolution. Set attainable goals. Nothing will contribute to failure more than setting goals that are unreasonable, unattainable or unrewarding.

2. Write your resolutions on paper. Nothing is more powerful than when you put your resolution on paper.

3. Look at your resolutions everyday. The best time to do this is the first thing in the morning before you start your day.

4. Get a resolution partner to help. I know from personal experience that when I have a partner with the similar or same goal that I am more successful. This makes for a stronger commitment since you know the other person is relying on you.

5. Set mini- goals or smaller achievement steps to make your resolution more achievable. How do you eat an elephant? That is quite a task if you try at one sitting. But if you do it one meal or one bite at a time the task becomes more achievable.

6. Reward yourself. Every time you achieve a mini-goal or milestone give yourself a reward. This helps reinforce your commitment. It gives you something to strive for other than just keeping a resolution.

7. Remember, if you fall down-don't give up. Just make a new commitment, recognize why you failed, remove those obstacles or roadblocks and move forward one step at a time.

I am sure there are other things you can do to help you keep those New Year’s resolutions, but these seven simple suggestions will surely go a long way to helping you become resolution successful.

Good luck with 2015. Make it your best health year ever. Happy new year! Yours for better health,

Dr. Myers

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