For many, the New Year is full of excitement.
From resolutions to full body transformations, to who the heck you’re going to kiss when the ball drops, the New Year brings about a series of excitement and change. But for those like myself - those who suffer from the demon of anxiety - the New Year can also bring about a heavy load of stress and unrealistic expectations.
Besides the start of a new calendar year, the new year is just another day. Not much change will happen this weekend when Saturday night turns into Sunday morning, or when the final hour of 2016 meets the new hour of 2017. But for majority of the population, the New Year is a fresh start. You can plan out your resolutions and cross your fingers that you actually stick to them past the first week. Maybe 2016 didn’t go as planned, so you hope to lose 10lbs in 2017. Maybe you accidentally overspent your hard earned money in 2016, so 2017 will be your year of saving. Maybe you planned on 2016 being a year of positive self-talk but failed miserably... well, 2017 is here and now is your chance!
Honestly, thinking about all of that is making my palms sweat.
Whenever my mom asks us to write down our New Year's Resolutions, I honestly start to panic. I’m never quite sure what to plan for. There’s so much I want to do, but is it something I can accomplish? What if I fail? What if I write something down and I don’t accomplish it within 365 days? Then my New Year’s Resolutions are a piece of crap, and you can add that to the list of things I can’t do right. *Anxiety talking here!*
I think it’s so important that we remember, the New Year is just another day.
We’re still the same person we were when we woke up on December 31st, 2016, and we will still be the same person when we go to bed on January 1st, 2017. The New Year can be exciting, but it’s just another day. Resolutions... they are just a chance to acknowledge the change we’ve always wanted to see within ourselves. It’s never too late, or too early, to make a change, but the anticipation and expectations that come along with the New Year are a little out of line. My resolutions for 2017 include not expecting the New Year to be all that different in terms of who I am and the life that I live. Instead, I plan for 2017 to be a year where I continue to grow and learn and in terms of my mental health, continue with my recovery. I don’t expect to lose 10lbs within the first month of the New Year, but instead, aim to treat my body with kindness and respect.
Sure, the New Year can be both exciting, and also a little frightening, but January 1st is just another day. When it comes down to it, there’s no need for stress while anticipating the New Year. Take it in full stride and remember, not much really changes when the ball drops.