New Year’s resolutions you should never make
Resolutions you should avoid
When you’re nursing a hangover on the 1st of January it can be easy to commit to some dodgy New Year’s resolution. Yet, once you’ve committed, how do you safely navigate your way back to the safety of those pre-resolution days? It’s tough.
Chances are you’ve told everyone your grand plans because you were feeling very smug about making said resolutions at the time. Yet, now the day has come when you actually have to act on your resolution promises, and you can’t seem to find the strength or motivation to follow through. If this sounds familiar take a look at these worst New Year’s resolutions to make sure you don’t make the same mistakes as you did last year; trust us, your dignity will thank you for it.
Quit your job
Surely drunkenly calling your boss up on New Year’s Eve and leaving an abusive voicemail about where they can stick their job is one of the worst New Year’s resolutions you can ever act on? Quitting your job over the festive period is bad news if you don’t have a new job to go to come January. Firstly, it’s bad because after Christmas your savings account is probably looking rather unhealthy. Plus, after the Christmas period lots of people look for new jobs, meaning that the competition for that position you want is going to be tougher than ever.
Join a band
You might have always harboured a dream of becoming a world-renowned rock star, but it’s time to look in the mirror and face the cold, hard facts: you don’t have lips like Mick Jagger or a voice like Elvis and you haven’t played an instrument since the nativity play at your primary school when you shook a tambourine. This year, make sure you don’t join a band; it will end disastrously and your dignity will suffer.
Find someone to marry
As you might have guessed, you can’t find a wife or a husband in a catalogue. It’s not an easy business, but if you’ve had your parents nagging you to settle down all Christmas or you’ve been paraded in front of what feels like a hundred happy couples at numerous festive parties, then your desire to find someone to marry might be higher than normal. Yet, love strikes when you don’t expect it. So don’t try to plan to find “the one”; give it time and you’ll find someone when you least expect it.
Lose X amount of weight
So, your stomach now jiggles and you seem to have sprouted another chin, but promising yourself that this is the year you lose X amount of weight and get a body that could rival a personal trainer’s is not the answer. Big goals are unrealistic and have to be one of the worst New Year’s resolutions to make. Plus, after all of the indulging you’ve been enjoying, sticking to a healthy diet is harder than ever. Set smaller weight loss goals, like eating out less and going swimming more. You’ll achieve more, we promise.
Join a gym
Joining a gym in the New Year is such a cliché; do you really want to be that person? It’s unimaginative and research shows us that just because you have a gym membership doesn’t mean you get fit. Studies have found that 60 per cent of gym memberships go unused and that by mid-February gym attendance has subsided back to the pre-Christmas levels. Instead of joining a gym and potentially wasting your money, why not sign up to a gym class or buy a pair of running shoes? These goals will be far easier to stick to and you’ll see more benefits compared to joining the gym.
So you’ve booked a one-way ticket to some far-flung exotic destination. Great; so what about your house, your pets, your job, your partner, your debts? The list goes on and on. Although traveling is great, booking a flight as part of your New Year’s resolution is a bad idea. This is not a decision to be taken lightly. Plus, think about why you want to get away? Is it because you’ve just seen your ex with your best friend at a Christmas party or because you hate the monotony of your life? If it is, remember that traveling won’t sort out these issues and they’ll still be there when you come back.