Updated: Aug 15
It’s 2022! With the coming of the new year, everyone is taking time to reflect on how 2021 was for them. If you journal, then take a few moments to reflect on past entries. If you’re a planner, look at 2021’s calendar. If you’re a photographer, check out your camera roll. Think about the highs and lows that you’ve experienced during this time. It’s a great place to start when you're deciding what you’d want 2022 to look like.
I want to take the time to discuss how we can really improve our self-care for this upcoming year. It’s important that we consider what we liked and did not like about last year to find where we need growth.
Forbes (2019) referenced a study that showed 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail. In 2021, Kris 6 News reported that 46% of people were successful with their resolutions. Isn’t that insane?! What could have made such a big change? Well, 2020 was a tough year. Everyone was stuck at home, not able to do much of anything. During that time, it was common to see people recognize unhealthy patterns and find the motivation to stop them. In 2021, we were able to move around a little more, making our goals seem more attainable. Now that it’s 2022, I think we can continue to grow on this matter.
Here are a few resolutions we might regularly make on January 1st:
“I want to lose weight”
“I want to stop spending money”
“I want to save money/spend less”
These are good ideas for resolutions, BUT there’s really no plan.
I think that there are changes that can keep our goals from feeling too difficult to reach (even changes to our affirmations). First, the goals listed above are very vague, hold little depth/meaning, and are difficult to track (they lack planning).
So, how do we continue to improve ourselves?
I like to work with SMART goals. I think this strategy can allow for more success during the rest of this year. What is a SMART goal and how does it tie into self-care? SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time Sensitive. Lifehack.org has a few really great examples of SMART goals (i.e., I will practice my Spanish for 30 minutes a day, 4 days a week). Smart goals and resolutions are great for improving our self-care because they help us to look/move forward and take charge of change. Change can be frightening, and we can feel powerless in the face of it. Being able to create your own plan can help you to tackle the year head on.
The last year was eye opening and inspiring. Let’s keep that same momentum for 2022.
Remember, Self-Care is the Best Care!
Caprino, K. (2019). The top 3 reasons new year’s resolutions fail and how yours can succeed. Forbes.https://www.forbes.com/sites/kathycaprino/2019/12/21/the-top-3-reasons-new-years-resolutions-fail-and-how-yours-can-succeed/?sh=1e0d175f6992
Flores, A. (2021). Top 10 most common new year’s resolutions and how to stick to them. Kris 6 News.https://www.kristv.com/news/top-10-most-common-new-years-resolutions-and-how-to-stick-to-them
Ho, L. (2021). 20 personal smart goals examples to improve your life. Lifehack.org. https://www.lifehack.org/864427/examples-of-personal-smart-goals