Why you shouldn’t start the year with “new year, new you”
New year, new you. It’s a pretty catchy catchphrase. But what does it actually mean? And does it really work for you?
The whole “new year, new you” thing is about transformations. Carried on the back of the New Year’s Resolutions train, we’re encouraged to start the new year fresh—converting ourselves into a brand new person with a bunch of new healthier habits. Some people thrive on this kind of thing but many others find that they start out great and slowly, as the year unfolds, their good intentions begin unravel.
The thing about “new year, new you” is that it’s very unlikely your life has changed all that much. You still have the same job, the same family, the same commitments. So trying to reinvent yourself is going to be entirely unsustainable. Even worse, once your new habits begin to fall by the wayside, you’ll probably start to judge yourself harshly and give yourself a hard time about not having enough willpower to keep them going. This then turns into you giving up entirely and going back to what feels comfortable—until the whole vicious cycle repeats itself at the beginning of the year.
If it does, we encourage you to step away from any “new year, new you” intentions or unrealistic New Year’s Resolutions. That’s not to say that you can’t use the new year as a motivating force to drive you into action but be realistic about what is achievable for you and, most importantly, get specific.
If you do want to get healthier, think about what that might actually look like for you. Does it mean making healthier food choices for better nourishment or having more of an exercise routine? Does it mean prioritising your sleep because you know you don’t get enough currently?
You might have a few health goals that you want to achieve. If this is the case, break them down and introduce them one at a time. Only add another one when the last one feels like it’s become an easy part of your daily/weekly routine.
You can even break it down further to make it more achievable. For example, if you want to commit to an exercise routine because this is something that fell away for you as the year unfolded, instead of throwing yourself in every day for the first few weeks, decide to add one class a week. Once that becomes manageable, add another one. There are plenty of classes in our new 2020 timetable for you to choose from so there’s bound to be something that works for you.
Make 2020 the year that you forget about complete transformations and sustain your healthy intentions by introducing them slowly. After all, you’re pretty awesome already and an entire overhaul probably isn’t necessary anyway.