Happy New Year!
A friend once wished me a happy new year and said that she hoped the year brought me everything I wished for, which is a really lovely thought and is something that has stuck with me. So, to everyone who reads this, I hope 2019 brings you everything you wish for!
This time of year brings with it the usual onslaught of ‘New Year’s Resolution’ posts all over social media. These usually revolve around making big changes in your life, such as dieting, getting a new job, etc. This is fine if it’s something you’ve been wanting to do for a while anyway, but is it really worth making a resolution just because you feel you should?
In the past, I’ve made resolutions myself, including things like working out every day and learning a new language. I have yet to succeed in a single one.
The problem with making a New Year’s Resolution is that we put too much pressure on ourselves to have instant success, when in fact life so often gets in the way and prevents us from achieving this. How can you start a no-sugar diet when your house is still full of Christmas chocolate? Going to the gym every day is fine, but what about those days when you just don’t want to leave the house? And when we do inevitably eat that Lindt teddy bear we had stashed at the back of the cupboard, or choose to stay in bed for an extra half hour instead of working out, a wave of guilt follows. After the first ‘failure’, it’s more difficult to get back on plan, and soon your resolution is cast aside.
But we shouldn’t feel guilty for these ‘lapses’. Because that’s just life! You can plan out your day to the very minute, but something will always crop up that throws you off schedule, and you need to allow for adjustments.
So instead of making a fixed resolution, maybe it would be more realistic to have a series of smaller monthly, or weekly goals, which can eventually get you to where you want to be. One of my aims for this year is to cut down on meat consumption, but I know that I wouldn’t be able to just stop eating cold turkey , so I’m going to try gradually introducing more vegetarian meals to my diet until I can (hopefully) cut out meat altogether.
Don’t get me wrong, different things work for different people, and for some it may be necessary to have a strict regime. But don’t feel bad if this doesn’t work for you, and don’t give up on a goal just because you haven’t achieved it within a month or two, or because you see someone else’s ‘success’ on Instagram.
After all, we all work at our own pace and have our own ways of defining success. So maybe don’t worry too much about making a New Year’s Resolution, but instead think about the areas you may want to improve on in your life, and take small steps to try to get there.
What do you think about New Year’s Resolutions? Do they work for you, or do you think they’re complete rubbish? I’d love to hear some other opinions on this, so please leave some comments!