The holiday season is known to cause a lot of stress. And unfortunately, most people do not handle excess amounts of stress in a healthy way. We over eat, stop going to the gym, mess up our sleep schedule, and fall into every vice put in front of us. All this can make people’s self-esteem drop and create a feeling that they have lost control.
Then New Year’s happens. There is a great pressure to create a resolution in order to “start the new year off right.” When people decide on a resolution it usually comes from a negative feeling that they have about themselves and they want to change.
Most people are also forced to remember last year’s resolution, which was probably forgotten about by March. This just increases the feelings of self-doubt and disappointment. In fact, about 88% of resolutions fail.
If you started writing a book but stopped halfway through, don’t worry and just find a ghostwriter. If you said you would save more money then it’s not the end of the world if you haven’t opened that savings account. If you wanted to go to the gym more then as long as you’re still healthy, it’s not that important.
Why remain in this cycle of stress? This year, instead of focusing on an outcome-based resolution (like losing 10 pounds), pay attention to the process of making yourself healthier. Whether you want to lose weight, run a marathon, or eat healthier you have to realize that this change is a process that takes time and effort.
This year, start it off right by allowing yourself to relax and enjoy your time off from work.
If you want to make a positive change in your life think about using SMART Goals in order to set yourself up for success.