The PCSB wishes you a happy and healthy new year! As the beginning of 2018 unfolds before us, we have a lot to be excited about. Like a fresh layer of snow upon the frozen ground, the year is a blank slate for us to make our mark on. For many people the new year brings the added pressure to make big life changes, molding our lives into exactly what we want. Yes, the new year should be about making changes to better your life, but they don’t have to be huge.
New Year’s resolutions can be overwhelming and, often, a bit futile. We make long lists of all the aspects of our lives that we want to improve upon, but come February 1st these lists have been lost beneath the layers of our lives that have already taken over our urge for change. How do we learn to carry these resolutions beyond the first two weeks of the new year? Start small.
When making your list of resolutions, you don’t have to go on for pages and pages; in fact, the longer you make your list, the less inclined you’ll be to bring the changes to fruition. Start with five things that you want to change or improve on to keep yourself motivated, and keep the ideas themselves small. The less daunting the task the more likely you are to actually complete it. As you accomplish your goals, build off of them. This stair step method will make achieving the end goal more attainable in the long run.
Another key to successful New Year’s resolutions is making goals that are concrete—don’t be vague. Tell yourself exactly what you want to accomplish. If you want to exercise more then tell yourself how you’re going to go about this (but don’t forget to keep it manageable). Say you’re currently exercising irregularly whenever you have the spare time, give yourself the goal of going to the gym once or twice a week. This is a definitive objective that not only creates a more rigid schedule but also isn’t over ambitious. The great thing is that once you make it happen you can push yourself a little further!
New beginnings are both scary and exciting, but with a little focus and mindfulness you can make the most of 2018 and be the best you possible.