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Rethink Next Year’s Resolutions

Rethink Next Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of year again. You know the season. Christmas is coming up and soon after people will be forming their New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve never been much of a resolutions person because I end up feeling crummy when I can’t stick to the over-the-top resolution I made. Can you relate? In this blog I wanted to talk about some healthy alternatives to New Year’s Resolutions so that you can feel like you’re reaching your goals on a consistent basis without all the pressure and later let down.

Start Small

The phrase “New Year, New Me” seems like a drastic statement. Maybe the year doesn’t need to include an entirely new you, just a few new habits and focuses. Habits don’t have to mean that you change who you are. After a few of these drastic life change attempts when I was younger, I realized that I don’t need to completely alter myself in a New Year – just push myself to be better in one area, or a few.

Don’t get me wrong, we should set goals that are challenging. But setting goals that are impossible will leave us feeling like we’ve failed – which is entirely not true. Before making a list of things that you would like to better about yourself, make a list filled with things that you like about yourself. Your character traits, your habits, your work ethic, etc.

Choose a Different Route

Rather than setting your sight on one thing for the year, set a vision that is more inclusive of other things. Here’s a suggestion from a friend of mine that I really love.

Set a theme for each month of the new year and focus on that thing in your free time. Focus on understanding that theme better and making it a more vital part of your life. Topic or theme examples could include things such as Health, Creativity, Nature, etc. Maybe you choose a warm month to focus on nature and decide to spend a set amount of time soaking up some Vitamin C. Or for your month of creativity you find time to doodle, paint, or even make a DIY for your home.

Getting your kiddos involved will make it even more worthwhile. This method can teach them that sometimes the New Year can be about embracing new habits and learning new hobbies to enjoy, and not always about the strict goal setting. We will definitely be implementing this at our home during 2020, what will you be doing?

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