Here are some ways to do a kinder version of reflection and self-improvement (if you want to).
1. Forget about New Year resolutions
Let’s face it, most people fail New Year resolutions and then feel bad. It’s good to set intentions now and then, especially for removing bad habits. However, these can be set anytime with or without deadlines. Resolutions are also exploited by some businesses to shame people into getting a gym membership, going on expensive diets or buying new crap.
“Consumerism wants you to feel guilty. That’s how it makes money. A new year won’t mean a new you. You are not an iPhone. You don’t need replacing every year. The calendar is just another human invention. Don’t feel guilty about not dieting or exercising yourself into a temporary new form. Just be kind to yourself. Get to know the old you. Don’t throw yourself away like another piece of plastic trash. You are everything as you already are.” – Matt Haig, Author & Mental Health Advocate
2. Celebrate small wins
Success takes multiple forms and has no timeframe, which is why it’s important to celebrate every win. A win might be finally tidying a cupboard in your house, or to starting to make your lunches for work. It can be literally anything. The important thing is to celebrate every tiny, beautiful hill in life.