Top 5 New Year resolutions and how to achieve it in 2023

Top 5 New Year resolutions and how to achieve it in 2023
Written By: Counselling Psychologist
M.Sc. Psychology - Swansea University, UK.
Reviewed By: Counselling Psychologist
MA Psychology Pennsylvania State University, USA
Last Updated: 15-03-2023

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Millions of people, you and I included, make long lists of resolutions every single year, in a wish of building a new version of ourselves. The intensity and excitement of starting new things is beautiful and highly motivating.

There are common themes in almost all resolution lists. These resolutions are along the line of becoming healthier physically, adding new habits in hygiene routines, learning new skills or languages, and/or becoming more financially responsible, etc.

Below are top 5 resolution we jump to every new year:

  1. Lose weight

  2. Manage money

  3. Drink more water

  4. Quit smoking/alcohol

  5. Eat healthy food

How many of you have had at least once made these resolutions? Or built timetables for daily routines? And how many times have you been successful in being true to these resolution for the entire year?

People typically don t keep to their New year’s Resolutions because they set too many of them or because they are unachievable. Research on "false hope syndrome" (FHS), which is relevant to New Year’s Resolutions, has also been conducted. False hope syndrome is defined by an individual s exaggerated beliefs about the likelihood of the speed, amount, convenience, and outcomes of changing their behavior.

Some people need a significant shift in circumstances before they plan to modify their behavior. Someone shall give up smoking after becoming pregnant and shall give up alcohol and caffeine after receiving a medical diagnosis. You must also adjust your mindset if you want to change your regular behavior.

Here are few ways to achieve your goals and stick with your resolutions: 

Do not make a list: 

Yes, it may sound off. But if you want to achieve at least one of your resolutions, make it a point that you don’t have a long list. Shortlist about two resolutions that you wish to work on.

Going to the gym, dieting, quitting smoking, all of them and all at once can be overwhelming and chances are you will give up on all them pretty quick.

Find someone with a shared resolution

Changing habit while you have someone by your side doing it with you can be motivating. There can be days where you don’t feel like going to the gym, but then you have your gym buddy who can push you up, and vice versa. The chances of working towards a shared goal can be equally beneficial.

Accept drawbacks

Growth is not liner. There are possibilities where external factors can be an obstacle in your improvement. Yourself, Family, friends, vacations, social gatherings, work, relationships, etc. can have big impacts in your journey. It is inevitable. You should learn resilience from your setbacks and push yourself back on track. Don’t give up going to the gym just because you missed 1 week, you can definitely resume again!

In these past couple of years filled with different struggles, we encourage you to add at least 1 resolution for your mental health in 2023.

We share some of our recommendations for a better mental health in 2023:

  1. Learn Mindfulness

  2. Accept and love yourself

  3. Start your gratitude journal

  4. Learn better coping mechanism And finally-

  5. Talk to a therapist!

Therapy is not only for mental illnesses, it is for everybody. Stop the stigma and help yourself or someone you know with their mental health.

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