2020 is upon us! Not only is it a new year, but it's a new decade as well. What an exciting new adventure that lies ahead of us!
Are you someone who has set new years’ resolutions in the past? Have you done the same for this year?
We love the concept of resolutions. They are excellent reminders that we have the power to change what we do not like, and that there are good things to look forward to. That said, resolutions have gotten a poor reputation in the past, oftentimes creating more stress and anxiety than anything else. Not to mention many people end up losing sight of their resolutions after the first few months. We believe this is because society - and oftenwise we ourselves - place far too much pressure on making a drastic lifestyle change, as well as wanting to see results instantaneously.
This mentality is not fair. For one - there are very few things in life that happen overnight, and two - change is to happen progressively and in a way that is maintainable.
This is why we recommend setting several small, realistic goals that will equip you with the tools necessary to achieve your overall resolution. This means, putting far less focus on some external end goal (ie. losing 'x' lbs, or overcoming your anxiety once and for all), and instead focusing on HOW you are going to achieve your end goal.
So let’s say for instance, your end goal was to finally conquer your anxiety. Instead of making this your sole resolution, try making a list of several skills, techniques and tools you wish to focus on this year that will ultimately result in reducing your anxiety symptoms. Things that can be progressively worked on and easily monitored. Small goals that you can celebrate as you achieve them.
Below are some examples to spark your inspiration!
When done in this fashion, resolutions become a normal part of your lifestyle and can be maintained for years to come!