New Year’s Wellbeing

Happy new year everyone! Are you: person type A or, person type B?

Let me explain.

Type A people will get completely hammered on New Year’s Eve, most likely with friends and family at an event which cost a lot of money to put together. They get excited about the idea of a new year, use clichés like ‘new year, new me!’ and look forward to the year ahead. They make a list of new year’s resolutions and get started on all of them right away, most of them fail before January even ends, but hey, you tried and it was fun! Sometimes these resolutions actually progress into personal development or valuable skillsets, bravo. These people relish at the idea of starting a new page, turning over a new leaf and finding out what life has to throw at them next.

Type B people are the opposite, other than the fact they will also probably get hammered on New Year’s Eve. These people begrudgingly attend NYE parties, seething with loathing at all these drunk merry people having a ball of a time. They expect the worst of a new year, considering how bad this year could be compared to the last. Usually these people hate Christmas, and this scrooge mentality will flow into the new year celebrations. They scoff at new year’s resolutions, predicting people won’t even last a week with them. They go into the new year as though it’s just another day (which technically, it is.) either trudging along in their lives or resenting the never changing life they lead.

Type A and B people are, obviously, polar opposites. This year, I want to be a type C person. I think that new year’s resolutions are a load of rubbish, and if you truly want to do something, you wouldn’t wait until January 1st to implement it. What I want to do is make a new year’s wellbeing plan. In all honestly, that sounds even more cliché than new year’s resolutions, but hear me out. I’m usually a type B person. I dislike the holidays and whilst I do love a good New Year’s Eve blow out party, January 1st is just another day to me. What I want to start this year off with is a wellbeing plan. I don’t want to make silly resolutions I know I’ll never fulfil, or go in all guns blazing expecting 2018 to be the best year ever where everything goes well and I make lots of money (though, I wouldn’t mind if that did happen.). I want to construct a plan, which isn’t rigid and allows me to reflect on the year in a healthier way than ‘good’ or ‘bad’ events.

For example, I have always known exercise has helped me immensely in my mental health on top of just enjoying it. The last year has been one of my worst for exercise, and I want to get back on top of it. Setting realistic goals, and understanding that any goal for any plan will NEVER amount to an overnight success, is vital to constructing a healthy wellbeing plan that works. This is just one example, and I want to be able to make these ‘plans’ per say for most things I plan to accomplish and improve on this year, rather than make a rash ‘resolution’ that will never amount to anything.

For the simplicity of constructing this article and explaining my point, I said there are type A and type B people. However, it’s never black and white, there are people type A to Z and beyond. Finding what keeps you in a healthy mind set and allows you to personally develop in the upcoming year requires a lot of fine tuning, but start with the basics, and work your way up.

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