3 New Years' Resolution Donts And The Changes You Can Actually Stick To

3 New Years' Resolution Donts And The Changes You Can Actually Stick To

No matter what route you decide to choose when picking out the perfect New Year's resolution, keep in mind that it really is beneficial to create gradual, realistic goals for yourself.

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As the "Christmas craze" drastically begins to die down, our minds go straight to planning what's to come in the new year. When it comes to our New Year's resolutions, we all seem to want to become a better version of ourselves. These next three New Year's resolution donts are way too common, and are the main reason as to why we find it so hard to actually stick to a specific change. Along with these donts are some ways in which you can tweek these resolutions to make them realistic and long-lasting.

Don't completely change your diet, yet, make slight alterations 

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Especially when it comes to the New Year, we tend to want to make big, drastic changes to our lives, when in reality, this is what sets us up for failure. When coming up with your New Years Resolution, it is vital to try and make resolutions that are small, and once you accomplish that, you can work your way up.

When trying to change your lifestyle and eat much healthier foods, it is a great first step to eliminate a thing or two from your diet, rather than revamping the entire thing. For example, you could do something like cut out all soda from your diet or even something like chocolate. This will yourself a smaller and much more manageable goal, rather than doing something drastic and not sticking with it longterm.

Don't tell yourself you're going to go to the gym everyday, yet, do become more active 

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If you want to increase the amount of exercise you participate in, the same type of tactic applies. Rather than telling yourself that you're going to hit the gym everyday, maybe settle for a resolution such as maybe going to the gym once a week, and then incorporating more active actives into your lifestyle. Things such as taking your dog out on walks more, or going for a swim are both great ways in which you can get in more exercise, and not really feel as if you are doing do.

Don't tell say you're going to stop spending so much money, yet, start putting money away 

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Lastly, many of us say things like, "in the New Year, I'm going to stop spending so much", yet we never put this thought into action. Instead of telling yourself that you're going to stop spending your money, you could place a little bit of money aside with each paycheck you receive. By doing this, you are putting money aside that you would have spend, and in assassin to this, at the end of the next year, you'll have a little extra spending money to help during the holidays.

No matter what route you decide to choose when picking out the perfect New Year's resolution for you, keep in mind that it really is beneficial to create gradual, realistic goals for yourself. Changing your life around completely is something that will be a truly difficult task and may leave you giving up on your resolution, rather than making your thoughts a reality.

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To The Person Who Feels Suicidal But Doesn't Want To Die

Suicidal thoughts are not black and white.
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Everyone assumes that if you have suicidal thoughts that means you want to die.

Suicidal thoughts are thought of in such black and white terms. Either you have suicidal thoughts and you want to die, or you don't have suicidal thoughts and you want to live. What most people don't understand is there are some stuck in the gray area of those two statements, I for one am one of them.

I've had suicidal thoughts since I was a kid.

My first recollection of it was when I came home after school one day and got in trouble; and while I was just sitting in the dining room I kept thinking, “I wonder what it would be like to take a knife from the kitchen and just shove it into my stomach." I didn't want to die, or even hurt myself for that matter. But those thoughts haven't stopped since.

I've thought about going into the bathroom and taking every single pill I could find and just drifting to sleep and never waking back up, I've thought about hurting myself to take the pain away, just a few days ago on my way to work I thought about driving my car straight into a tree. But I didn't. Why? Because even though that urge was so strong, I didn't want to die. I still don't, I don't want my life to end.

I don't think I've ever told anyone about these feelings. I don't want others to worry because the first thing anyone thinks when you tell them you have thoughts about hurting or killing yourself is that you're absolutely going to do it and they begin to panic. Yes, I have suicidal thoughts, but I don't want to die.

It's a confusing feeling, it's a scary feeling.

When the depression takes over you feel like you aren't in control. It's like you're drowning.

Every bad memory, every single thing that hurt you, every bad thing you've ever done comes back and grabs you by the ankle and drags you back under the water just as you're about the reach the surface. It's suffocating and not being able to do anything about it.

The hardest part is you never know when these thoughts are going to come. Some days you're just so happy and can't believe how good your life is, and the very next day you could be alone in a dark room unable to see because of the tears welling up in your eyes and thinking you'd be better off dead. You feel alone, you feel like a burden to everyone around you, you feel like the world would be better off without you. I wish it was something I could just turn off but I can't, no matter how hard I try.

These feelings come in waves.

It feels like you're swimming and the sun is shining and you're having a great time, until a wave comes and sucks you under into the darkness of the water. No matter how hard you try to reach the surface again a new wave comes and hits you back under again, and again, and again.

And then it just stops.

But you never know when the next wave is going to come. You never know when you're going to be sucked back under.

I always wondered if I was the only one like this.

It didn't make any sense to me, how did I think about suicide so often but not want to die? But I was thinking about it in black and white, I thought I wasn't allowed to have those feelings since I wasn't going to act on them. But then I read articles much like this one and I realized I'm not the only one. Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, and my feelings are valid.

To everyone who feels this way, you aren't alone.

I thought I was for the longest time, I thought I was the only one who felt this way and I didn't understand how I could feel this way. But please, I implore you to talk to someone, anyone, about the way you're feeling; whether it be a family member, significant other, a friend, a therapist.

My biggest mistake all these years was never telling anyone how I feel in fear that they would either brush me off because “who could be suicidal but not want to die," or panic and try to commit me to a hospital or something. Writing this article has been the greatest feeling of relief I've felt in a long time, talking about it helps. I know it's scary to tell people how you're feeling, but you're not alone and you don't have to go through this alone.

Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, your feelings are valid, and there are people here for you, you are not alone.

If you're thinking about hurting yourself please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit suicidepreventionhotline.org to live chat with someone. Help it out there and you are not alone.


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Take A Break, Trust Me, You Need It

It was something I didn't know I needed. And I feel much better from it.

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I recently went on a little mini vacation. Where'd I go, you ask? Nowhere.

That's the best part.

Thankfully, I have a full-time job with great benefits. One of them being paid time off. I recently used all of my PTO, plus the two days I get off a week, which turned into a long and well-needed mini staycation. I stayed at home, slept, caught up on my programs, did some homework, and decluttered.

And you know what? It was something I didn't know I needed. And I feel much better from it.

I wasn't sick. I was mainly just stressed out and overwhelmed. It was like getting the rest I didn't know I was lacking. It was like having all the time in the world to do whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. No due dates, no deadlines. No time crunches, no schedules to follow (except my school one).

I'm not telling you to take a week off work and school. But, if you have that opportunity—PTO, spring break—then take advantage of it.

You don't have to go on some extravagant vacation either. Doing something as simple as staying in bed all day, watching Netflix, and spending time with your loved ones is just as relaxing.

It also taught me the importance of self-love and taking care of yourselves. I was stressed, and I feel like I'll never be fully "de-stressed," but for a while, I was able to sit back and smell the roses. I was able to recollect myself, spend some time on me.

Sometimes, you just need a day. Whenever I feel like I need a day off, whether it be with work or school, I usually feel bad about it. I feel awful missing class, or having to call out sick to work. I eventually get over it, though, because at the end of the day, I'm taking care of myself.

Missing one day won't kill you. Take care of your mental health.

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