We all have a habit of making promises at the start of each year. For some, it is about getting healthier, while for others, it is about improving their relationships. In this post, we share the most common resolutions, and why we often fail to meet them.
1. Weight loss & exercise goals
Losing weight and exercising are among the most common new year’s resolutions. Losing weight and exercise requires a change in our eating habits. However, changing one’s diet and sticking to it, in the long run, is not the easiest thing to do. Sooner or later, we start reaching out for that cookie or that juicy cheeseburger, and we fall back into our old patterns. We also do this for fitness goals.
Signing up for a gym membership is easy, but regular exercise is not. Diet and exercise are connected to weight loss, so if we fail to keep up with the diet, then we inevitably end up failing with our exercise goals too.
2. Quitting smoking and alcohol
Smokers and chronic drinkers make resolutions about quitting their habit each year. But the truth is that tobacco and alcohol are very addictive and hard to quit. This is why promises alone are not enough to take us over the line, and most of us usually fail. Using professional help from a doctor or a psychotherapist can help us manage the withdrawal symptoms. Combining resolutions with professional assistance is a plan most of us do not follow.
3. Saving money and getting out of debt
Saving money and getting out of debt are among the most common resolutions people make each year. But thinking about it is easier said than done. This is because saving money or paying off debts requires a major change in lifestyle habits and expenses. Just as it is with addiction and weight loss, lifestyle changes are not that easy to make. Sooner or later, most people fall back into their old habits.
4. Spend time with family and improve relationships
The end of the year holidays gives us time to spend time with family and friends. Many of us enjoy the break from our busy and hectic lives. We resolve to spend more time with our family and friends over the following year. But the truth is that circumstances that led you to spend less time, such as a full-time job, are still going to be there once the holidays end. Within a few weeks, the old work routine starts eating into daily life, and less time is reserved for families and relationships.
5. Travel & Reduce stress
Traveling and reducing stress are common resolutions we make at the start of the year. We look back at the previous year and feel a sense of unease over the monotony and stress. However, traveling requires money and time, one of which we often don’t have. Similarly, resolving to reduce stress is easy, but we don’t realize how stressed we are. Before we know it, our old lifestyle patterns take over, and stress slowly starts to build up too!
6. Volunteer and learn something new:
Just as it is difficult to spend more time with family or reducing stress, our busy routines prevent us from fulfilling our promises to give back to the community. Volunteering to help others is admirable, but we forget how busy our lives are. The same applies to resolutions for learning something new. We may plan to take up language classes or learn a new musical instrument. However, the truth remains that we simply don’t have the time or the motivation to stick with it for the long-term.
7. Reduce dependence on social media and television:
You may think that cutting down on the time you spend watching television is easy. The truth is that there are so many digital devices around us nowadays that we still end up spending much time watching TV shows and movies on our phones or tablets. Similarly, many of us resolve to reduce our dependence on social media, but the truth is that we are addicted to swiping through our news feeds every day. We fail to recognize this addiction and fail in our commitments.