The Pros And Cons Of Resolutions

On January 1st, it’s time for green smoothies, salads, and eating your weight in kale. It’s time to take up running (even though you’ve tried before and it wasn’t your thing). It’s time to totally change your schedule, your routine, and what you want to do.

Or is it?!

Today I’m thinking about resolutions. They’re a pretty powerful thing. When the calendar turns to a new year, we tend to think that we need to change, too. We need to change our eating habits, how we work out, how we work. But what if we don’t need to change? What if we’re totally fine exactly the way that we are?

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with making New Year’s resolutions. If they work for you, then that’s great. But if they don’t work and you usually end up switching back to the way that you used to do things by mid-January, then that’s okay, too. I don’t think that you should feel bad if resolutions don’t work for you.

That’s why I think there are pros and cons to resolutions. Here’s my take on the whole thing;

PROS

You can get motivated and inspired. When everyone around you is making big decisions, it makes you want to do that, too. It’s never a bad idea to want to make positive changes in terms of your health and career goals.

You have purpose.

You look forward to something.

CONS

You feel pressured into changing when you’re perfectly happy the way that you are.

You wonder if something’s wrong with you if you don’t keep your resolutions (spoiler alert: there’s nothing wrong with you).

You don’t feel like you’re being authentic or true to yourself.

At the end of the day, this is totally subjective and it’s completely up to you. I personally don’t make specific New Year’s resolutions, but I know the importance of goal settling when it comes to going after what you want and what you dream of. So what works for me? I have a general idea of what I want to accomplish in the next 365 days… and then I go after it, thinking each month and each week and each day about what makes me healthy and happy.

For 2017, I’m thinking small. I want to go for more walks. I want to eat more vegetables (and more green ones in particular). I want to spend as much time as possible with the people that I love and make sure that every day, I’m doing what makes me feel good and full of happiness.

What do you think? Do you make resolutions?

Aya Tsintziras is a food blogger at www.ahealthystory.com. She posts gluten-free, dairy-free and mostly sugar-free recipes, lifestyle and pop culture stories on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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5 comments

  1. Great points for both the pros and the cons! I don’t tend to make yearly resolutions, but I do have a running list of small and large-scale goals that I try to accomplish! :] I do “101 in 1001’s” (101 goals in 1001 days) instead since it gives me a longer and more realistic time-frame to work with!

    1. Thanks so much, Farrah! That sounds so amazing and inspiring. I think that’s a really great idea!

  2. I’m more of a goal person myself. I hate the idea of January 1st hitting and everyone being so focused on there “New Year, New Me” persona. I try to check-in on my goals every few weeks to see if I’ve stuck with them or how things have changed. I also focus on making them fun (like traveling to new places) so it doesn’t seem like such a burden to change myself.

  3. Love this! I personally don’t make resolutions but try to make some small changes that are manageable. I believe that small changes led to big improvements down the road!

  4. I LOVE resolutions even though I forget about them soon after (oops.) But it is nice to have something to work towards anyway. My main goal for this year is to do as much fun college things as possible before I graduate.

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