New Year’s Resolutions

Every year in mid to late December, we look back at the past year and think ahead to the next year. And then the pressure sets in. It’s time to think about New Year’s Resolutions. 

Do you make New Year’s resolutions?  If you did, where are you at with them, a week into the new year? No judgment. 

I have made resolutions but definitely not every year. This year, I didn’t.

We know businesses in the weight loss industry love resolutions. I found the following list of the top 10 new year’s resolutions:

  1. Exercise more
  2. Lose weight
  3. Get organized
  4. Learn a new skill or hobby 
  5. Live life to the fullest
  6. Save more money / spend less money
  7. Quit smoking
  8. Spend more time with family and friends
  9. Travel more
  10. Read more


I think the top resolution would be a combination of losing weight and exercising more.  While some people will achieve this, it doesn’t always last long. 

One idea for success with resolutions is to be very honest with yourself – if you know that you aren’t really going to improve your health at the gym, why not pick something that is more likely to stick?  Mindfulness, meditation, self-care, journaling, or any other practice that gives you quiet time for reflection, pampering, and relaxing can bring enormous benefits to your life.

2021 was another tough year. 2022 is underway and we are dealing with a resurgence of COVID and various restrictions. Our mental health has been impacted and it’s time to take care of you. 

We all know that in the event of an emergency when flying, we must secure our own masks before helping others. This has long been used as a reminder that in life too, we have to take care of ourselves before we can give to others.

self care

As someone who has a career in education and who spends as much time as I can trying to make sure everyone around me is ok, this is something I need to remember.  

Resolutions can backfire. Armed with the best intentions, you go into the New Year excited about your resolutions. If you aren’t able to follow through, they work against you, causing feelings of guilt, frustration, and disappointment. 

To avoid this, either decide to skip the resolutions or let yourself off the hook! Or try resolutions that are more easily doable. You do you. Your job is to take the best care of yourself that you can. 

Practice kindness with yourself. Knowing your limits isn’t weak. It’s not going too easy on yourself. It demonstrates emotional intelligence, kindness, and self-awareness. 

It’s also important to remember that every day is a fresh start and you don’t have to wait until the New Year to set goals for yourself.