10 New Years Resolutions That Are Bad Ideas… and 10 Better Alternatives

For a living, I promote health and wellbeing – whether that’s in a workplace, teaching at college or as a health and wellness coach. And I’m happy to say I love everything about it.

Well, mostly everything. The whole concept of New Year’s Resolutions and some of the crazy (and possibly unhealthy) things people decide to take on worry me at times. I understand that a new year presents a “fresh start,” but there’s a lot that goes into making change stick, so let’s get started and see if we can set you up for success in 2017.

Here are 10 New Year’s Resolutions to avoid this year… and 10 great resolutions to replace them with:

Bad Idea 1: Making a New Year’s Resolution “Just Because”

Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of people trying to take steps necessary to become healthier and adopt habits more conducive to their wellbeing. What I don’t adore is the fact that people only do this because somehow a new year equates to a “new me.”

When it comes to behavior change, this is not the type of motivation to make a change — especially a big one — stick long-term. And when it doesn’t, people are left feeling down on themselves and with an overall sense of what in the &$%* is the point?

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