Happy new year! As the day dawned on 2017, I couldn't look at Facebook or Instagram without seeing SO MANY posts on new years resolutions, or posts asking what mine was going to be, or encouraging me to make a new years resolution. Perhaps it's my contrary nature, or, as I like to think of it, my pragmatism, but I don't do new years resolutions. Here's why.
People will only change when they're ready to change, and that doesn't always happen on Jan 1st. Finding success in change is predicated upon setting yourself up for that success; making a resolution when you're not ready (making it because the calendar says so) is exactly opposite to that. I'm more of a fan of mid-year resolutions. If you're ready to make a change on April 7th, then do it! But by making a new years resolution when you're not ready to, and you (invariably) fail, you're starting a dangerous pattern of failure. It might not seem like a big deal, but over time, the more you make a resolution and fail at it, the less likely you'll be to decide to make changes in the future.
The other reason why I think new years resolutions are not a good idea is because the holiday season is a time of great flux in your health. No matter what you tell yourself, you eat and drink more than usual and don't exercise as much. The foods you eat are different (and delicious!) and your schedule is all over the place. Going back to normal after the holidays is a huge enough change; trying to make a change from your normal might just be too much! So why not resolve to go back to your pre-holiday normal for a few weeks just to recalibrate, then initiate your resolutions?
Don't succumb to the pressure! Make your changes when you're ready, not a minute sooner. What's better than splashing your resolution over social media? Actual achieving it!
Here's to a healthy and happy 2017!