Avoid these 5 Triggers that Can Ruin Your Resolutions

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: What are some of the biggest impediments to succeeding in your quest to better yourself?
Air Date: 1/15/16
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Nicholas Kardaras, PhD
Dr. Nicholas Kardaras is a world-renowned addictions expert who has presented lectures and workshops on the treatment of mental health and addiction at various conferences and seminars both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Kardaras has been a Clinical Professor at Stony Brook Medicine where he has taught the treatment of addiction, and was also the former Clinical and later Executive Director of the Dunes, where he, along with Dr. Shaffer, were instrumental in the development and implementation of the Dunes treatment model.

Dr. Kardaras is a regular contributor to Psychology Today and FoxNews, has appeared on the CBS Evening News, Fox News, NPR, in Esquire, The New York Times and New York Magazine, and is the author of How Plato and Pythagoras Can Save Your Life (Conari Press, 2011).

Dr. Kardaras also specialized in treating clients in existential crisis and is also considered one of the leading voices on Tech Addiction (Internet, Video Games, Social Media) and is currently working on a book about the adverse psychological and neurophysiological effects of technology on the developing brains of children and adolescents and recently presented a TEDx talk on this topic at the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art.
Avoid these 5 Triggers that Can Ruin Your Resolutions
Many people make New Year's resolutions each year. The most popular ones include losing weight, getting organized, spending less, staying fit, and quitting smoking.

But, according to, only 14 percent of adults are able to keep their resolutions for the year, and many people stumble after the first month.

Why is it that our New Year's goals will mostly likely fail?

Stress, exhaustion, and frustration with how daunting the resolution may be all contribute to you falling off the wagon before you ever get on it in the first place.

There's also Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a form of depression that is closely related to the winter season. Instances of SAD tend to increase in frequency around and after the holidays.

What can you do to avoid triggers that can ruin your resolutions?
  1. Learn how to manage and identify stress.
  2. Don't over-schedule your time.
  3. Schedule quality down or "me" time.
  4. Don't let yourself feel hurried.
  5. Get enough quality sleep.

Listen in as Nicholas Kardaras, PhD, shares the five triggers that could ruin your resolutions and how to avoid them.


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