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It’s a brand new year! And that means there are sure to be so many New Year’s Resolution posts floating about on Insta right now. The concept of New Year’s Resolutions is something that leaves us feeling super conflicted. On the one hand, it can be helpful to have a clear goal that you can visualise and work towards. We’ve set ourselves New Year’s Resolutions in the past that we’ve really enjoyed working towards.
But at the same time, we’re not a fan of setting yourself unrealistic goals and then feeling disappointed when you don’t reach them – particularly when it comes to your health and fitness. Alternatively, perhaps you do complete them. Then what? One of the most common reasons people drop out of an exercise routine is because they’ve come to the end of a challenge or an event they were working towards.
We always say to people, health is a journey, not a destination. There is no magic end point where you will have achieved ‘success’. So having a picture in your mind of your ideal body type or fitness level can be unhealthy. When I went through my period of poor eating, I also went way too hard at the gym – and for all the wrong reasons! I thought if I just exercised enough (even if it brought me to tears) I would finally be happy with my body.
My mindset shifted when I started to focus on what actually made me happy. Now exercise is just part of my weekly routine. It’s something that leaves me feeling happy and strong. So if you do want to set yourself a New Year’s Resolution this year, I really hope it’s something that makes you feel happy, not guilty. Perhaps your resolution will be to start running, or to deepen your yoga practice. Whatever it is, make sure it’s something that will lift you up and make you feel amazing about yourself.
For some people, setting goals is something they really enjoy. I personally love setting myself clear goals as I enjoy having them to motivate me and provide structure. But like Steph said above, it’s so important to make sure your goals are realistic and achievable.
The reason I don’t love the concept of New Year’s Resolutions is that they encourage people to oversimplify their goals. So rather than setting one large goal (that you might be tempted to give up on by February!), why not try splitting up your goal into smaller, achievable steps.
For example, you may have a goal to take your career to the next level (or perhaps get your first job in your chosen field!) I think it’s a great idea to split this into smaller steps, and even set yourself deadlines. So perhaps you’ll set yourself the goal to rework your resume by February and then start researching companies to apply to by March. Crafting your goals this way, feels so much less overwhelming and therefore easier to achieve. Be sure to write them down and track your progress over time. Writing things down in your diary or journal means you’ll hold yourself accountable even as the months go by.
Whatever New Year’s Resolution you set yourself this year, we hope that above all else, it brings you happiness and makes you feel good about yourself. Good luck!