In Defense Of New Year's Resolutions

Go for your goals.

In Defense Of New Year's Resolutions
Photographed by Sabrina Bot.

Have you ever actually kept a New Year's resolution? Even though I can't remember any I made in my life, I will continue to make one every single year. Think of that end-of-the-year moment as a period for self-reflection, assessment, and goal-setting. There's no denying that we live in a cultural moment where no one feels like they have any time anymore. That's why carving out five minutes to create a resolution is so important.

A lot can happen in your life over a year. Heck, a lot can happen in just one week. This is why we all need to stop, re-access, and recalibrate our goals as much as possible. It's not only good your career, your physical health, or your relationships, but it's so important for your mental health. It's a small moment of self-care where you put your life on hold to check in with how you are doing and how you can make your life just a little bit better.

A New Year's resolution is just a culturally sanctioned time where we all engage in this ritual. Your goal could be a new career move, a commitment to more activism, or simply a plan to take on the day ahead. No matter how big or small, that moment of reflection and self-care is worth it.

There are a few objective issues that come with New Year's resolutions. One of the biggest ones is body positivity. Many people set goals to be more healthy in the year ahead and it can often lead to negative talk about their own or others' bodies. This is one practice we all should work to step away from. If you do make a resolution to be healthier, be careful about how you talk about it or post on social media. What may seem like a positive declaration of a goal to you may be toxic towards the mental health of someone you are close to.

Another issue is that it seems strange that only one time of year is set out for you to make a new huge goal for yourself. If you want to make a life change, why not do it at any other part of the year? What's so great about January? Well, what's not great about January? If you have thought really through through taking a new direction in your life, you shouldn't hold yourself back from taking it. The new year is merely a nice little marker for you to push yourself to go for it. That being said, you can (and should) make a resolution any time you want. The most important thing is we all need to continually make moments for self-care. So set that resolution, stick to it if you can, and maybe make a new resolution tomorrow if this one isn't working out for you. Just make sure to check in with yourself.

I am Lonny's Senior Associate Editor. You can find me writing about interior tips, scouting out the coolest new spots, and rallying behind amazing female entrepreneurs. You can reach me at shelby.wax@livingly.com or on Instagram @shelbywax.
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