Making New Years’ resolutions for 2015?

Posted on January 2nd, 2015


Can you believe how many people fail to accomplish their New Years’ resolutions? What can you do to reach yours?

If you’re making New Years’ resolutions for 2015, it’s helpful to make your goals SMART — specific, measurable or meaningful, attainable, relevant or rewarding, and trackable.  If you struggle with fatigue and brain fog like many with CIRS do, it can be particularly difficult to set goals and figure out how to effectively reach them.


  • Don’t overdo and then crash.  Pace yourself. Start small and work your way up.
  • Reward yourself when you accomplish even a small goal.
  • Think carefully about what you’d like to accomplish. How can you pursue happiness, all things considered?
  • When you’re chronically ill, you’re sometimes (often?) not able to command your life as you once did. But remember that regardless of whether you’re ill or not, no one has command over all things. Do what you can.
  • Try to craft a life that operates within the limitations CIRS imposes, but does not limit your ability to experience joy, love and contentment.

Patti Schmidt, MS, is a therapist and’s health coach. Email her at



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