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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

As the year draws to a close and the festive season blankets us in a whirlwind of joy, warmth, and festivities, the promise of a new year beckons with the charisma of fresh beginnings. Many of us eagerly anticipate the dawn of a new chapter, often marked by the tradition of setting resolutions for self-improvement. Yet, as we navigate through the joyous chaos of the Christmas period, it’s essential to acknowledge the unique challenges it poses to our mental well-being. The holiday season, while undoubtedly filled with happiness and celebration, can also become a breeding ground for stress. The pressures of gift-giving, family gatherings, and the heightened expectations associated with this time of year can take a toll on our emotional resilience. From meticulously planning the perfect festive feast to finding the ideal gifts for loved ones, the pursuit of holiday perfection can create a sense of overwhelming stress.

Amidst the twinkling lights and joyous melodies, it becomes crucial to pause and reflect on the psychological intricacies that accompany the act of gift-giving. The exchange of presents is deeply rooted in human connection and the expression of love and appreciation. However, the pressure to select the “perfect” gift can induce anxiety, turning a heartfelt gesture into a source of stress. Understanding the psychology behind gift-giving allows us to appreciate the sentiment behind the act rather than fixating on the material value of the gift.

As the year transitions, the tradition of setting resolutions comes into focus. However, the enthusiasm with which we embark on this journey can be dampened by the lingering stress from the holiday season. The key lies in fostering a mindset that prioritizes healthy resolutions—ones that nurture our mental and emotional well-being. Setting realistic and attainable goals becomes paramount, acknowledging that the journey toward self-improvement is a marathon, not a sprint. It’s about embracing positive changes that align with our values and contribute to our overall happiness. Whether it’s prioritizing self-care, cultivating mindfulness, or fostering healthier relationships, the essence of these resolutions lies in their sustainability and compatibility with our unique paths.

New year’s resolutions have become a bit of a tradition, and it can often create unrealistic expectations that you should be moving faster or at a different direction with your life. Let’s explore some ways that you could make sure your new year’s resolutions for 2024 align with your well-being.

Understanding your motivations:

Before you start writing down your resolutions, or creating your vision board, take a moment to reflect on your motivations. Are your goals fuelled by societal pressures, comparison with others, or a genuine desire for self-improvement? Psychologists emphasize the importance of intrinsic motivation – setting goals that align with your values and bring personal fulfillment. Strive for resolutions that are primarily intrinsically motivated, as they are more likely to lead to long-term satisfaction. When trying to understand your motivations, it may be a good idea to reflect on your values. Ensuring that your resolutions are aligned means that they are meaningful and personally significant.

Having Realistic Expectations:

While aiming for the stars is admirable, it’s crucial to ground your resolutions in reality. Unrealistic goals can lead to frustration and disappointment, undermining your motivation. Break down larger goals into smaller, manageable steps, celebrating achievements along the way. This incremental approach not only makes your resolutions more attainable but also boosts your confidence.

The common example of this tends to be “I’m going to fit into my size 8 pants from a size 16” or “I’m going to lose 20kg”. Sometimes these goals can be realistic for those that maybe have lost a lot of weight, but for those who just want to start the year off with the mindset that they are going to change their body should start with smaller more realistic goals to their wellbeing. This may mean having a goal of walking 10k steps a day or eating 5 veg and 2 fruit a day.

Prioritizing Well-Being Over Perfection:

In a society that often glorifies perfection, it’s essential to shift the focus to well-being. Your resolutions should contribute positively to your life, emphasizing holistic health—physical, mental, and emotional. Consider resolutions that promote self-care, stress management, and the cultivation of meaningful connections.

Fostering Flexibility:

Life is unpredictable, and the path to personal growth is rarely a straight line. Build flexibility into your resolutions, allowing for adjustments as circumstances change. A rigid mindset can lead to discouragement when faced with unexpected challenges. Embrace adaptability and view detours as opportunities for learning and resilience. There are also no set rules that say a resolution must be set in January. If there is a better point of the year where you can really plan your goals, and be more realistic, then do it then!

Embracing the Journey:

Remember, the journey is as significant as the destination. Embrace the process of self-discovery and growth and be kind to yourself along the way. Celebrate your victories, no matter how small, and approach setbacks with curiosity rather than criticism.

Regularly revisit your resolutions and assess your progress. Reflect on the successes and setbacks, adjusting your goals as needed. Self-reflection is a powerful tool for personal growth, allowing you to fine-tune your aspirations and stay aligned with your evolving values.

As you embark on this journey of self-improvement in the coming year, may your resolutions be a testament to your commitment to personal well-being. Here’s to a year of mindful growth, self-compassion, and the discovery of the best version of yourself.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

About the author:

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Jasmin Ryan

Jasmin has worked as a counsellor for 4+ years, and has a special interest in play therapy. Jasmin has found play therapy to be significantly effective for children with trauma and ASD, and values the connections she is able to make with them in the play room. She enjoys working with all ages, but particularly clients aged 3-16, however, you are never to old to release your inner child!

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