A new year means a fresh start. Who doesn’t like the idea of leaving your not-so-fond memories behind you and starting from scratch? Your head is cleared and life seems refreshed. Is it time to make a new years resolution to help better your mind and body? Some people say ‘yes!’, but others think that Americans’ obsession with resolutions is a counterproductive approach.
Having a new years resolution can be a great idea if you have the willpower and discipline to stick with it. Many people have chosen to work out more or start a healthier diet for their resolution in 2018. The new year can be a great place to start things anew and really feel rejuvenated, but in many cases, your new year’s resolution ends awfully close to when it started.
According to a statistic from the Huffington Post, only 8% of people actually stick to their new years resolution throughout the full calendar year. People tend to shoot for lofty goals and pick extravagant resolutions that hardly ever make it through January. This can include quitting smoking cold turkey, cutting out sugar entirely from their diet, and exercising everyday; in reality, all of these are difficult tasks to succeed in without gradually decreasing the substance intake into your body.
As exciting and motivating as it sounds, a new year might not be the best time to quit a bad habit or start a good one. It may be easy to say you’ll do it, but in the end you’ll be disappointed in yourself for not following through and perhaps rely upon your vices even more. Instead of waiting for a new year, why not start for a week, or even for a full day?
The start to a new day can be as good a fresh start as the new year and it’s up to you to make the change. If you’re going to have a new year’s resolution, it’s a good idea to gradually start the task instead of jumping into it right away. Think in moderation. Phrase your resolutions with “I will do less of _______” instead of “I will cut _______ out of my life.” This will help you complete the goal in a realistic manner.