New year, same you

With the start of a new year comes the feeling of starting over. The clock has reset, 365 days to become everything you planned to be last year. But maybe you are exactly who you need to be and where you should be.

Many ring in the new year with a set of new year resolutions. Those often have something to do with losing weight, saving money, or just being happier. I wouldn’t know personally, but I hear the gym is packed this time of year. However, very few of those participating in this tradition rarely keep these resolutions throughout the whole 365 days. According to a recent Ipsos poll only three in 10 Canadians will set a New Year’s resolution, and of those, 73 per cent eventually break them. So why put the pressure on yourself?

Setting a lofty goal for the start of the year will kick off your 2017 with pressure and anxiety. Creating huge goals for yourself and being unable to follow through is setting yourself up for failure, which is not good for your mental health.

Bettering yourself and pushing yourself are important. Being healthy, and investing time in yourself and your hobbies is what living is about, but life happens. One day after work you will be tired and won’t want to go to the gym, or you’ll fall in love with an overpriced jacket while window shopping and will end up spending your entire savings on one item. But sometimes that’s ok. These new year resolutions shouldn’t control your life.

It may be inevitable to welcome a new year without a couple of goals in mind for the next 12 months, but that’s okay. Setting goals is crucial for success. So set your goals and work for them, but just because it’s a new year doesn’t require a new you.

Here’s to another great year. Whatever your goals or resolutions are take them with a grain of salt, do whatever brings you the most joy and be ok with who you are. It’s another year to make great relationships, better yourself, be happy, and learn and love.