Do you tend to give yourself really ambitious New Year’s Eve resolutions, and find yourself feeling depressed if you may slip off track a bit? Do you think it could be time to dial back a little this year and make those New Year’s resolutions as achievable as possible? I’m not saying to make them easier, but to make them more tangible, and therefore more doable, could greatly benefit your mental health.
If your goal is to lose weight for the New Year, that is wonderful! That is a healthy and reasonable goal, and you can definitely achieve it with a good plan and determination. But if your goal is to “lose x amount of pounds by this date,” and if you accept anything other than that as a personal failure, well, that may make things a bit harder on yourself. It may consume your daily mindset, deprive you of mental health, and take your attention off of other important aspects of life.
Of course it is important to stay focused and motivated, and some people prefer their goals to be pinpointed and specific as opposed to broad, but all I am saying is to make sure you are being kind to yourself and allowing some minor wiggle room in case things don’t go 100% as planned.
We’ve all learned a thing or two about wiggle room in the past two years, and learned that more often than not, things did not go as planned. Events were cancelled, gyms were forced to close, maybe money got tight and healthy eating habits had to be altered a bit. But that’s okay. That’s why we’re here to celebrate the fact that you even tried to make a New Year’s resolution. You woke up, found determination within yourself, and decided to make a change. For that, you should be proud!
I hope you all have a happy and healthy New Year, and remember to celebrate yourself and all the little victories every once in a while in 2022.
Do you do New Year’s Resolutions? Have you achieved any in the past? If so, how did you accomplish them? How do you feel when plans and goals you set for yourself don’t go 100% as planned?