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Embracing the New Year Without the Pressure of Resolutions

No New Year's Resolution

As the New Year approaches, the air buzzes with the energy of fresh starts and new beginnings. It's a time when many feel compelled to set ambitious goals and resolutions, but it's important to remember that this isn't a necessity. You're absolutely okay if you choose not to create New Year's resolutions.

The Freedom of Choice

Firstly, understand that setting goals at the start of the year is more tradition than a requirement. It's perfectly fine if this time of year doesn't inspire you to make new resolutions. Everyone's journey is unique, and your motivation and readiness to set new goals might come at a different time. Remember, there's no deadline for personal growth.  It is hard to not let others expectation influence yours, it takes time to undo things that we used to follow.

Creating Goals on Your Own Terms

If you do feel inspired to set goals, it's crucial to approach them in a way that's sustainable and kind to yourself. Here are some strategies:

  • Be Realistic: Set achievable goals that align with your current lifestyle and responsibilities.

  • Break It Down: Large goals can be overwhelming. Break them into smaller, manageable steps. When you feel you are not hitting the mark with that goal, it may need to be broken down into further steps.  Sometimes we overestimate things and may place unrealistic expectations on ourselves.

  • Celebrate Small Wins: Acknowledge and celebrate your progress, no matter how small - it is still a win!

  • Flexibility is Key: Be open to adjusting your goals as your circumstances or priorities change.  Things happen that we cannot always predict and we may need to adjust our timeframes and ways to tackle our goals.

  • Self-Compassion: Don't be hard on yourself if things don't go as planned. Treat yourself with the same kindness you would offer a friend.  When we bring ourselves down with negative self-talk, it makes it harder to feel that our goal is able to be accomplished.  

When You Feel Stuck

It's natural to feel stuck or unsure at times when it comes to hitting your goals (and even defining what you want to achieve). If you're struggling to set goals or find direction, it might be helpful to talk to a therapist. Therapy can offer a supportive space to explore your thoughts and feelings, understand yourself better, and develop strategies tailored to your unique needs and circumstances.  Therapy does not mean you have to just talk about childhood past or trauma, it can even be used as a means to set goals and paint a clearer picture for yourself.

There's no right or wrong way to approach the New Year. Whether you choose to set resolutions, create goals later in the year, or simply continue as you are, each path is valid and worthy. Trust yourself and your journey.

Wishing you a peaceful and fulfilling year ahead!

Better Minds Counseling & Services provides therapy through our virtual mental health platform. Brittany Webb, LPC CCATP, a certified clinical anxiety treatment expert and licensed professional counselor, and Grace Harman, LPC BC-DMT, a board certified dance and movement therapist and licesned professional counselor, both are  ready to help you set goals and crush them!!  Contact us to start with a therapist today!

Blog Disclaimer - These posts are not meant to treat, diagnose, or serve as a replacement for therapy.  If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health emergency, please contact your local crisis center or dial 911.  Here are more immediate resources as well.

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