• Rick Trautner, MD

Why Your New Year’s Resolutions will Fail- and What To Do To Be Successful

The start of the New Year is often the perfect time to turn a new page in your life, which is why so many people make New Year's resolutions. But why do so many resolutions fail?

Two Reasons they fail:

  • It is not your resolution…but a resolution others want you to have.

  • If it is your resolution…it is unrealistic.

We all want to be successful and achieve our goals, but sometimes, we are not set up to succeed from the start. With that in mind, our team at BayTMS and Bay Psychiatric associates I have developed a few simple tips that can help achieve your New Year’s Resolutions.

Tips for A Successful New Year’s Resolution (Click Here for a Helpful Worksheet!)

  1. Own it – Decide on a resolution that is for yourself, not for your partner, friend or family. This makes achieving the resolution sweeter—you know you did it for YOU!

  2. Be realistic – Don’t set out to hit the gym 6 days a week for three hours a day for the whole year. Start by setting a small goal catered to your lifestyle and schedule and focus on a shorter duration, i.e. attending two classes at the gym for one month. At the end of the timeframe, re-evaluate where you are and set the next goal and interval. This helps fuel feelings of accomplishment, which will keep you motivated to be successful.

  3. Tell people about it- This helps keep you accountable. The more people that know about it, the more people there are to encourage you. We do know this can be a blessing or a curse. But it will help you accomplish your goal.

  4. Track your progress – Post the resolution in 5 places you’ll see daily as a reminder of your goal.

  5. Reward small achievements – When you reach a portion of the goal, be kind to yourself. Recognize the accomplishment; this will help keep you focused and excited about achieving your goal.

Remember: It’s never too late to start over. New Year’s Day is only a date. You can start again tomorrow morning or next Monday instead of next year. But this time, set yourself up for success. (Click Here for a Helpful Worksheet!)

Click here to learn more about TMS Therapy and the success we are having at Bay TMS!

About TMS Therapy

TMS Therapy, or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, is a breakthrough treatment for depression in which an MRI-strength magnet creates an electrical current directly in the areas of the brain affected by depression. It is performed in our office under the guidance of one of our TMS-trained physicians. Results have been excellent: more than ½ have had a significantly positive response and 1/3 of patients have achieved full remission! Fewer than 1/5 patients have failed to respond. Compared to standard medication treatment as demonstrated in the STAR*D study, these responses are truly excellent. It is extremely gratifying for us to see so many people achieve relief from their symptoms and return to their lives fully functional. Side effects are minimal, usually consisting only of some mild discomfort at the treatment site during the treatment session. The typical treatment course consists of 5 treatments per week for 4-6 weeks, for an average of 20-30 total treatments. Each treatment session lasts about 20 minutes. Benefits of TMS Therapy

  • Highly effective-More than 80% of our patients have a significant response.

  • Non-invasive-TMS does not involve any medications, anesthesia or sedation and the patient remains awake and alert throughout the treatment.

  • Non-systemic-It is a local treatment and does not affect other parts of the body.

  • Minimal side effects-TMS does not have any of the side effects commonly seen with medications such as weight gain, sexual dysfunction, tiredness, or nausea.

Who Can TMS Help?

  • Those whose antidepressants are not working to provide FULL relief of symptoms

  • Those who are on medications causing side effects that limit quality of life, such as:

  •  Sexual dysfunction

  •  Weight gain

  •  Dry mouth

  • Confused thinking

  • Pregnant or nursing females

  • Those who cannot take antidepressant medications due to intolerable side effects or underlying medical problems

About Bay TMS

We believe in providing excellent, state-of-the-art, individualized mental health care with a focus on attention to detail and your well-being. We pride ourselves in our outstanding commitment to ensuring that you have a meaningful connection with your TMS doctor and technician throughout the duration of your treatment. After your initial evaluation with your TMS doctor, you will meet with him or her every week and we will send updates to your regular doctor and psychotherapist to keep them informed about your treatment progress. In addition, we encourage you to remain actively engaged with your technician throughout each treatment session. Scientific evidence suggests that these interactions may help to alleviate depression by simultaneously activating other important brain systems. Call our offices for more information or to schedule an appointment: 510-809-1599

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