5 Most Common New Year's Resolution
Christmas is over and the next event that we are all looking forward to is the New Year’s Celebration. Everyone is giddy about welcoming the New Year with a bang. Along with embracing the fresh start, people are preparing their resolution list that will soon be broken after a week or two.
Every year, we make a list of resolutions in hope for making ourselves better. But more often than not, we find ourselves abandoning our efforts after a week or two. Below is the list of the most common New Year’s resolutions that we do, or not:
- Getting in shape slash eating healthier slash starting diet. Or basically, anything that goes well with eating less. Since we have found ourselves binge eating on anything that we find on the table, we feel guilty for not fitting into our old pairs of jeans anymore. The promise of getting fit is driven by the holiday weight gain that all of us had. For a week or so, we will cut on our carbs and jog around the village. But guess what, the “healthy living” goes on for just a while. Why? Because we will always find an excuse to eat more -- cousin’s birthday party, promotion celebration, blah blah blah. Moreover, we do not run out of excuses to lift weights or jog outside -- the weather is bad, you have had a bad hangover from yesterday’s drinking session, the gym is too crowded, etc.
- Volunteer. Christmas is the season to be nicer and kinder. And because Christmas has just passed, we still have the hangover of feeling “nicer and kinder.” More and more people are getting involved with doing charity works during Christmas but after the season when the number of tasks is piled on our workdesk, nobody finds the time to still do volunteering acts and charity works. However, if you are really into fulfilling this resolution, but your time is in short supply, you can just donate instead of being physically present.
- “I’m never ________ again.” Fill in the blank with your vices: smoking, drinking too much alcohol, spending too much time in the casino, etc. This, my friend, is a tough goal. Quitting abruptly is hard most especially if the act is already in your lifestyle. However, I’m pretty sure that it’s never too late to change. Most especially if the change is for the better.
- Get organized. People are getting planners as soon as December starts to come in but more and more people are also quitting writing their goals after January. Being organized takes a lot of courage. Just like other resolutions, it is a continuous process. Organizing things according to your own time is really tough because sometimes, even your own time cannot be controlled.
- Reconcile. When you are tired, you can be vulnerable to negativity. Getting really tiresome can lead you to uttering words that you don’t really mean which may lead to arguments. Arguments can be healthy, though. But unresolved arguments can pave way to feelings of resentment, confusion, stress and tension. However, reconciling should only be done when your heart is ready. This may sound cheesy but at least it is not fake. Reconciling just for the sake of having a “new life” on New Year may be a tricky move for you only did the good deed for the sake of keeping up with the tradition and not because you don’t feel anything anymore.
New year’s resolutions are meant to strengthen our self-esteem and improve our lives. But instead, the ritual makes us think that we are incapable of achieving the change that we want. In order to achieve the resolutions that we thought of, we must think more realistically. Furthermore we should carefully think through the plans to achieve it.
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