8 Things To Remember Before Setting Your 2018 New Year’s Resolutions


It might be total cliché, but it’s also undeniably true: time flies, and the years seem to slip through our fingers.

I’m sure I’m not the only one that feels like the next New Year’s Eve seems to roll around before we can so much as sing Auld Lang Syne.

The festive season is upon us yet again, and it will soon be time to welcome in 2018.

That means your thoughts will soon be turning to this year’s New Year’s resolutions, and your vision for the next 12 months.

Before you write anything down or set anything in stone, take a little time to reflect.

Read on for a few things you probably already know deep down, but could do with remembering before you decide on those resolutions.

1. A New Year Isn’t The Only Time You Can Make Change

Before you start thinking about your resolutions, it’s important to realize that there’s no need to pressure yourself with the idea that you’ve got one chance per year to get your act together and make changes in your life.

A lot of people seem to be under the impression that if you make the wrong resolutions then you’ll be stuck with them until 2019 rolls around.

And that’s a scary thought.

In fact, all you need to make a change is a new month, a new week, or even just a new sunrise.

You’ve got 365 chances in 2018, not just one.

2. But On The Other Hand, It’s A Great Place To Start

Whilst the point above is more than true, that doesn’t mean January isn’t a great time to reevaluate and make some changes.

You’re not stuck with the resolutions you make, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make them. There’s no time like the present, after all!

Psychologically, it feels like a new beginning in January. Possibility is in the air.

Whilst everyone is trying to make and stick to resolutions, there’s plenty of momentum around you to keep you moving toward your goals, so make sure you capitalize on it.

3. Resolutions Have To Come From A Place Of Self-Love

Some people seem to feel like they need to punish themselves in the New Year, for not being skinny enough, fit enough, kind enough, perfect enough… Or just enough in general.

That’s not healthy.

Whilst it is always great to strive to be a better person, you shouldn’t start from the basis that who you are at the moment isn’t up to scratch.

You have to accept yourself and love yourself for who you are, and only then think about how things could be even better, and how you can make the best of the gifts you’ve been given.

No self-flagellation, please.

4. Plan For Fun

On that note, please don’t make your goals for 2018 entirely things you’d rather not be doing.

If you hate the gym, don’t sign up for a membership. You’ll never go and you know it. And if you do, you’ll be miserable.

If your goal is to exercise more, find a way of staying active that you know you’ll love. Dance. Climb mountains. Sail. Being active shouldn’t be being a chore.

Make 2018 the year of self-care. Plan in plenty of time for laughter and doing more of the things you love with the people you adore.