I’m going to be honest with you. (Don’t worry, I always am.) I really, REALLY don’t like New Year’s Day. It’s always bad weather, it’s always bad hangovers, it’s always BAD to me.
But that isn’t the reason I can’t stand New Year’s Day (and no, it’s not because I’m miserable and moody. I am, but that’s beside the point.). I can’t stand New Year’s Day because of New Year’s resolutions. The amount of “New Year, New Me” posts that I see on Facebook about someone’s lust for life and latest epiphany because they ate some cauliflower is absurd.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m all up for change. Change is good, usually. And if you’re using New Year as the reason to start chasing a goal, it’s a good a reason as any to be someone you want to be. Go ahead and work out, work more, or work your real self out. I’m not trying to put you off. Just hear me out.
New Year Problem 1: Monday
There’s a saying you might have heard before: “the only easy day was yesterday”. Being the Negative Nancy/Debbie Downer/Pessimistic Patricia that I am, I feel like that a lot: no matter how much you seem to plan, or how determined you are the night before, sometimes it gets hard to maintain that drive when doing something day in day out, especially when the change is a big one.
It’s also said that Mondays are a bad time to start a diet (a quick Google search will tell you that this is both right AND wrong) and I think that depends on your mindset. For some people, Mondays are the rebirth of the week and in turn a small rebirth of themselves, feeling ready to take on the new challenges that lie ahead with fresh eyes and clarity. For others, it’s just, well, not that. Some people build confidence before they go into something, and some people warm to things as they settle into it.
With New Year falling on a Monday this year, it’s a double whammy of newness from both the new week and new year. Don’t be disheartened if you didn’t have the hottest start in 2018 (especially if you’re not a Monday person). Maybe cut it off and jump back into it on a Wednesday, when the week is in full swing and you’ve got everything else covered.
New Year Problem 2: Crushing, Omnipresent Guilt
I have a love/hate relationship with social media. It’s my dig – anyone who follows our company page on Facebook knows that I’m always posting stuff.
But personally? My Facebook is full of how everyone is doing really, amazingly, crazy great at their resolution. They’ve all lost 3 stone already, or they’ve stopped smoking for 10 and a half days even though it’s the 5th January. They’re all posting pictures of their six-packs and loose-around-the-waist jeans that look like they once belonged to Andre the Giant.
The big issue with social media is that nobody posts pictures of their troubles or failures – subconsciously, you start assuming everyone else is totally nailing life. Social media use is linked to feelings of depression for a reason. Social media becomes a tool of comparison where the odds are against you, because you know your own faults.
Do yourself a favour. You do you. Ignore how amazing everyone seemingly is, even if it does seem questionable. Even better, embrace it and use it as inspiration. If they can do it, or even if they can’t, you can do it too.
New Year Problem 3: I don’t want to go to the gym/eat better/try abseiling, man.
I hear you, me neither. So while we’re on the subject of self-improvement, I’m running an email every week this month with cool, interesting training courses opportunities that are free and can be done without even getting out of a chair (I’m a big fan of not getting out of a chair). I’ve used them myself, and I won’t be sending you anything boring.
Sign up for it and I’ll ping you any emails you’ve missed so far in January. There are even a few things that you can get qualifications/certificates for! You can unsubscribe whenever, and there’s nothing you need to do except sign up and reap the sweet, sweet rewards. Go for it!