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The Pressures Behind New Year, New Decade Resolutions

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at SDSU chapter.

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.

Alexa is an Art and Journalism student at San Diego State University. A true California native, she loves sunshine, being outdoors, and road trips. Her passions include photography, activism, traveling, writing, drawing, and all things creative. She is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, the Photo Editor for The Daily Aztec Newspaper, and currently feeding her caffeine addiction as a barista. You can probably find me behind my camera, on Twitter, or perfecting my latte art at Starbucks.
My name is Katherine Chen, in HerCampus I was a writer and a Campus Correspondent. I really enjoy writing and it's a big part of who I am as a person. Outside of writing I enjoy ballet, playing the piano or guitar, I also enjoy hanging out with a good book and binge watching TV shows!