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.


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 


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 


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 


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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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

The world needs you.

You won’t see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won’t laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won’t go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They’ll miss you. They’ll cry.

You won’t fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won’t get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won’t be there to wipe away your mother’s tears when she finds out that you’re gone.

You won’t be able to hug the ones that love you while they’re waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won’t be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won’t find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won’t celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won’t turn another year older.

You will never see the places you’ve always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You’ll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it’s not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don’t let today be the end.

You don’t have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It’s not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I’m sure you’re no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won’t do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you’ll be fine.” Because when they aren’t, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

For help, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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An Open Letter To The Person Feeling Everything Is Too Much

The strongest people to exist struggle the most.


Hey, you.

I heard through the grapevine that life's got you in the dumps. You're feeling overwhelmed by your surroundings, stressed by your responsibilities, sensitive to the things that people are saying; everything just feels like it is too much. It almost feels like you're stuck in a room filling up with water. You know that the door opens, but you're numbed by the circumstances; you can't get yourself to take hold of that handle, so you just stand there, frozen in time. You feel the water rising up around your body, and with every inch it gains, you get even more overwhelmed. Maybe the water flooding in contains your schoolwork, your family dynamic, your drama within your friend group, your relationship status, internal anger about who you are or aren't, or hell, maybe all of these.

You feel like life is throwing rogue waves at you left and right, and you can't understand it. Why is this happening to me? Why is life trying to break me?

Well, let me tell you something that has taken me years to even grasp, let alone fully understand.

The strongest people to exist struggle the most. They are given some of the most intricately woven issues that may not have a black and white solution but live somewhere within the gray. Things pile up and upon them until everything feels like too much. And you know what they do, the strongest people to exist?

They break.

They stand there, trapped in that water-filling room, and let the water seep in. They don't open that door, they don't take the easy way out. They stand there, thinking about what is being thrown at them, not knowing what to do. They let the water overwhelm them, completely filling the room. And right when they feel that they can't take this anymore, like everything is too much, the door breaks... they break. The strongest become the weakest as they float out of the room, carried by the rushing water filled with their burdens. They lay washed up on the shore, weaker than ever... broken and cracked, frozen and numbed by life.

While they lay there broken and numb, weakness does something so immaculate and beautiful: it settles into the brokenness and the cracks like fresh, fertile soil, planting the seeds of wisdom and strength. Over time as it continues to rain, wisdom and strength grow throughout their bones like vines, making them even stronger than they were before they got trapped in that room before they broke. The strongest people to exist break frequently, so that room can be made for more love, more strength, and more wisdom than imaginable.

Now you may be thinking, why this analogy? What are you getting at?

I want you to know, and read this closely: it is okay to break. It's okay to let everything feel like it's too much because you know what? Sometimes it is, it just is. Sometimes, you have to just stand there, and let yourself feel. Let it explode and wash over you. Let it leave you cracked. Once the explosion has ridden its course. analyze the broken pieces you feel inside. Look at them individually and try to find the root of that feeling. Finding the knowledge behind that feeling means that you now know how to fight back. So you know what you do? You piece yourself back together, slowly but surely, using wisdom as the glue, and you come back stronger than ever before.

You have to break before you can grow. Let yourself feel, feel all of it. Break and be grown anew.

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