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  • Writer's pictureNatalie Askin

New Year's Resolutions: and the effect on mental health

The switch of calendars into a new year often brings motivation for self-improvement throughNew Year's resolutions. Yet, as we find ourselves a few days into the new year, as it is today, some may be continuing their kick and sticking to their resolutions, while others might be less successful at keeping these new-year intentions. In both directions, there is a significant impact

on one’s personal growth and mental well-being.

New Year's resolutions are a symbolic fresh start and a commitment to positive change.Whether it's adopting a healthier lifestyle, going to the gym, or focusing on better habits, the desire for transformation is quite literally universal. However, the pursuit of these resolutions can

also become a double-edged sword, especially when expectations clash with reality and these new changes aren’t as easy to adapt as priorly thought.The initial excitement and determination that accompanies the new year gradually wanes as daily life sets in.

The pressure to adhere to resolutions can lead to feelings of guilt, and the surge of hope and motivation can so quickly make a 180. This is where the importance of mental health and self-compassion comes into play.

Therapy can provide individuals with the tools to navigate positive change that is realistic, as well as be a generally positive change itself at any point of one’s life or year. Rather than viewing resolutions as rigid goals, therapy encourages the journey of self-discovery and growth, while additionally looking at the motivations behind their resolutions.

One common pitfall in new year’s resolutions is an all-or-nothing mentality. People may feel discouraged if they deviate from their goals. However, the healthier mindset is to remember we are human, and that any step toward a healthier lifestyle and mind is a significant step in itself. Be proud of yourself for striving for growth and investing in yourself, no matter how much growth or the timeline of it.

Acknowledging and embracing the ebb and flow of progress is immensely important, and so is seeking support when needed. We are here to be that support system, no matter when it’s needed. In the meantime, we wish you the best in this new year, and feel free to reach out!

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