I hate New Year’s resolutions. There…I said it. I hate to be the Grinch of the New Year, but resolutions bring that out in me. People make New Year’s resolutions every year and each year, they get disappointed. Their resolutions are ambitious – lose weight, eat healthier, make new friends, find a relationship etc., and can be so huge, so out of their reach, that the pressure mounts and by February, they can’t take it anymore and give up.
This year, instead of making these ominous resolutions, try something new. Make your goals about the journey and not about the end point. That way, you can celebrate the small steps that you make along the way.
1) Forget about the high pressured goal of losing weight in 2017. Instead, commit yourself to making changes to live a healthier lifestyle.
- Take small steps to add health and wellness into your life. Exercise more often or harder. Enroll in a mindfulness class, take a new type of exercise class or make an appointment with a Nutritionist and adjust your diet. Make 2017 the year you feel healthier and more confident about your body, no matter what your weight is.
2) Don’t make 2017 the year you find love. Instead, make it the year you mellow out about being single.
- You are living your life on an emotional rollercoaster if you let your dating status determine your happiness. Instead, enjoy life as a single person and find pleasure in the dating process. And when you stop being so desperately focused on getting into a relationship, love will find you.
3) Change your wish to be happier in 2017 to a commitment to enjoy life to the fullest. Take baby steps to improve your mental health and well being and to take advantage of all life has to offer.
- Investigate meditation, mindfulness, yoga, pilates, journaling, hiking, bicycling and anything else that you can do that grounds and centers you. Put yourself out there more in life – make new friends, plan activities with old friends, and take advantage of all opportunities that come your way.
2017 is upon us, and there are many things to look forward to. Make this next year a year of lifestyle changes that can hopefully last beyond March.