A new year means that it’s time for new year’s resolutions. The start of a new year means a lot of new beginnings and a brand new opportunity to make new changes. When January approaches every year, everyone is discussing all the new things they want to accomplish in the next year and the changes they want to make in their lives. The new year serves as an opportunity to make the changes people think they need to make or take on the new hobbies they want to explore.
January is usually the month when everyone has their resolutions in full swing; people are actively making changes. Then, after a few months, they often begin to fizzle out. There is a lot of pressure in the new year to make resolutions, discuss the things we want to do to better ourselves and finally make the changes we hope will make the coming year better than the last.
Something that I have realized recently is that it's important to remember that resolutions can be made at any time of the year. There is a lot of pressure for people to jump into new things in the new year. Sometimes people might even be forced to do something before they are ready just because it is a new year. There is a lot of pressure to get rid of old habits and something that needs to be remembered is that we do not have to make these changes until we are truly ready.
A new year is a good opportunity to make new changes in our life if we need them, but that does not mean we need to make them or make them right away. It is so easy to be caught up in comparison to what other people are doing and how many changes they are making. We begin to convince ourselves that we have to make new year’s resolutions and that they have to be at the start of the year. The most important thing is that we focus on ourselves and the things we want to change and just know that we will get there eventually - when we are ready.
There can be a lot of stress and anxiety around if we are making enough changes or doing enough things in the new year. The need and want for change can happen at any time of the year: in January, June or even the last day of the year in December.
Another thing I have learned is that these things do not need to be consistent. New Year’s resolutions can be started, stopped and then picked back up at any time of the year.
It is also important to remember that we can enter the new year without any resolutions, and that we do not have to address them at all. Everything we want to do with our lives can be on our own terms, and we do not have to follow a specific time schedule or make decisions based on whether we are entering a new year.