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Stereotypically, New Year’s resolutions are the hot topic come January 1st. However, they’re soon brushed under the rug when people’s ambitions become a little too extreme and it becomes impossible to upkeep a 180 spin on your lifestyle after enjoying the holidays.
Although, New Year’s resolutions are also a great opportunity for self-improvement as the idea of trying to keep something up for the entire year sounds like a great motivation. It’s therefore important to strike a balance between self-improvement whilst keeping these resolutions realistic, as it’ll prevent any feelings of guilt.
It’s also key to remember that even if you keep slipping up on a resolution, there’s nothing wrong with trying again. If you’re wanting a change, you’ve just got to keep going!
What are resolutions?
Resolutions are promises to do something new or different in the new year.
A great starting point is to write down or have a think on which areas of your life you’d like to improve on and why. This reflection will give you motivation to complete your resolutions. However, it’s also important to get an easy plan together to make it as simple as possible to complete the resolution.
For example, if your resolution is to drink more water, why not invest into a water bottle that you can carry round with you to make it easier for yourself.
How to keep up a resolution?
If the idea of keeping up a resolution for the whole year is a little too intimidating, a great alternative is to focus on it for just a month. This also works well if you’ve got a lot of different resolutions you’re wanting to focus on, since you can devote a month to each one. This makes the resolutions a lot easier to stick to and can help with motivation since the time period is shorter so you’re less likely to give up! It’ll also give you a sense of accomplishment when you complete the month and can spur you on to complete another!
What resolutions could you make?
Although some of the basic ones are to be more active, adopt a healthier lifestyle or be more organised, resolutions don’t have to be a chore! Why not try out a new hobby, learn a new language, read that book you’ve been putting off or watch that film series you’ve always wanted to! Resolutions are different for everyone and can mean whatever you want them to.