This time of year doesn’t have to be filled with anxiety and obligation. Give yourself the out—you don’t HAVE to make a single resolution. But if you do, make it easy on yourself by using a resource or two that will help guide you, and make those resolutions specific and achievable. Meanwhile, enjoy the last days of 2016 and reflect on some of the simple moments of joy that this outgoing year may have brought you.
Ah, it’s that time of year again. Because the calendar is resetting to ones (1/1/2017), we have been conditioned to believe that NOW is the time to reinvent ourselves, be our best selves, perfect our behavior until we rise at the same early hour every day after getting eight hours of sleep, go to the gym, make ourselves a healthy breakfast while cheerfully engaging with our family, head to work without complaining or feeling bitter toward our coworker who chews her gum too loudly, etc., etc.
If you are a normal human being, you probably realize that January 1st is just another day, and you aren’t likely to become an entirely new person in 2017, all because you’ve made the perfect new year’s resolutions. So, a few things to consider as you begin the new year (or anytime, really—I’m just succumbing to convention).
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Dr. Amanda Mulfinger is the Owner and President of Cabot Psychological Services in Edina, Minnesota. She studied psychology at Harvard University prior to receiving her master's degree and PhD from Auburn University.