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The Pressures Behind New Year, New Decade Resolutions

Okay, so it’s March and I am still thinking about the New Years resolutions I definitely left in the second week of January. Throughout the month of February, I was feeling this pressure in the back of my mind to implement all these resolutions into my life. Every time the next year rolls around, the buzz of new resolutions is everywhere. If I don’t commit to them by the end of January, I feel this sense of disappointment in myself, like I’ve failed this year before it’s even really started. Better luck next year right?

 

In an ideal world, I would be able to add any new habit I want seamlessly into my crazy schedule. I would love to hit the gym three times a week, rarely eat unhealthy foods, meditate every day, reduce my phone time, get more sleep and stop procrastinating schoolwork. Eventually, trying to force these habits all at once is going to be toxic for my mental health.

 

There’s no rush and no bad time to make a lifestyle change, it doesn’t have to wait until January. If July is the best time for me to start working out three days a week, that’s okay. If September is when I can cut sweets out of my diet, that’s okay too. If I can only handle one new resolution each month, that’s okay.

 

Don’t always put pressure on yourself when the new year begins. Remember to set your own boundaries and take care of yourself first. It’s healthier to add positive changes in your own time and when they work for you.