2020 has come and gone, and we’ve begun a fresh new year!
With new years come new plans, new dreams, and new resolutions. The New Year’s resolution is nothing new, but in 2021, we’d like to take a different approach to the time-honored tradition.
Did you know that January 17th is recognized as the day that most people in the US give up on their New Year’s Resolutions? We’re a little over a week away from that date, where a lot of people are still actively trying to follow their resolutions; be it to commit to reading more, being more active, saving more money, or something else!
But as that date grows nearer, we’d like to suggest a different approach to our resolutions: you don’t have to stop or give up on a resolution if you miss a day, or even a few days, or more. 2020 was difficult for all of us, let’s be kinder to ourselves in this new year, and allow ourselves some kindness when we fall off our resolutions. It doesn’t matter that we fell, only that we pick back up where we left off.
Something else to consider when viewing your resolutions is looking at them from a different perspective. Rather than “stop eating junk food” try reframing it as “start eating healthy at least 3 nights a week”, so that way your goal is positive and definable (as it’s generally easier to start doing something than to stop). If your goal is concrete and definable, it tends to be easier to follow. A goal like “start exercising more” tends to be a bit nebulous, as the definition of “more” is loose; whereas “exercise at least 3 times a week” is something you can directly strive for.
It’s also completely acceptable to strive for resolutions that might seem “small” in the wake of a tumultuous year. Not every goal or resolution has to be completely life-changing, it can be as simple as going for a walk every morning, or putting down your phone during meals. Little victories are still victories, be they your end goal or a pit stop on the way to a larger resolution.
With that, we’d like to leave you with this: celebrate yourself this year. Be kind to yourself, and remember that these are strange times, and that it’s completely fine to not go as all-out as you wanted to, or as much as you have in past years. You’ve made it through 2020, and that’s an accomplishment in and of itself.
So celebrate! To new beginnings, to trying again when we fail, and to keep at it until we achieve our goals, no matter how big or small.