And just like that, 2021 is on it's way out.
This year has been filled with ups and downs and it can be difficult to plan for the New Year to come. Since most(if not all) of us can remember, New Year's Resolutions have been a cultural staple associated with waking up on January 1st.
Lately there has been a modern push-back on the idea of resolutions but are they really so bad? The not so simple answer is no, not necessarily but the quality of your new goals most definitely matter, and will directly influence whether they will incite a positive or negative experience. Also it's important to keep in mind that New Year's resolutions are not for everyone, and that's okay!
One of the common caveats when it comes to traditional resolutions is that they are almost always set in the negative. For example, instead of deciding that your new resolution is to "stop eating junk food" or "stop biting my nails", flip your mindset to "including nutrient rich food into my diet" and "finding healthy ways to cope with stress".
Another shortfall is that resolutions tend to be very vague. How are you doing to incorporate these new goals? Adding some details to your thought process will help you actualize your new goals. i.e. " I will include more nutrient rich food in my diet by trying a new recipe once a week." and "I will find healthy ways to cope with stress by checking in with myself often and exploring new avenues of self care."
Lastly, they can potentially give you a reason to be unkind to yourself. Rome wasn't built in a day and progress isn't linear. Show yourself patience and kindness because change isn't easy. Take your journey one step at a time and remember that your wellbeing isn't defined by an arbitrary set of goals you set once a year!
Have a safe and happy New Year and raise a glass to all of the hard work you have put in during 2021. We are so proud of you!