Why it’s important to make sensible new year’s resolutions rather than life-changing ones

The new year is usually an exciting time, with many people looking forward to trying something different or to live differently in the new calendar year. But for some, making too many promises can lead to a constant environment of stress.

We’re 11 days into 2024, and many people may be finding themselves waning in their new year’s resolutions. But it’s important to remember that it’s not too late to recalibrate and start fresh.

Whether it’s getting your finances in order to trying to get in shape, new year’s resolutions can be a great opportunity to making small changes that ultimately pay off before the year is through. However, some people find themselves attempting to make far too many changes at once, and these unsustainable promises can lead to failure – and all the emotional trappings that come along with it.

Pieta, who offer support all-year-round for people experiencing stress, depression, and even sucidial thoughts, have urged people to avoid overburdening themselves with unsustainable new year’s resolutions that can lead to unnecessary stress.

In a post yesterday, the group reminded people that, while new year’s resolutions are okay, they are not essential, and that one should make realistic goals and not to put too many expectations on themselves. So instead of promising to lose weight and put on X-amount of muscle, it would be wiser to say “I will walk a certain amount of kilometres per day” or “I will cut out sweets and junk food, except on special cheat days.”

A spokesperson for Pieta wrote: “It’s perfectly fine if your goals evolve and change. We’re human. It’s okay to make mistakes or change our minds.”

If you have yet to make any new year’s resolutions, here are some resonable ideas that won’t overbuden you as the year goes on:

  • Drink more water.
  • Read more books.
  • Sleep more.
  • Make extra time for family and friends.
  • Create a budget.
  • Eat a bit healthier.

We wish you all the very best in 2024.

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