As the year draws to an end and we enter the time for reflection and looking within, it is common for people’s thoughts to turn to improvements they wish to make in life. One way that this is often approached is in the making of New Year’s resolutions in which they aim to change an unwanted trait or behaviour, to accomplish a personal goal or improve their position in life. The tradition of setting goals at the New Year can be seen throughout history and in many different cultures. Babylonians are believed to have made vows to their gods and repaid any debts at the start of each New Year and the Romans made their promises for the year ahead to the god, Janus.
New Year’s resolutions often include goals such as getting fitter, losing weight, healthy eating, finding a new job or working on a new hobby or interest. However, resolutions can also be smaller goals or a series of smaller targets.
Suggestions for New Year’s resolutions include:
- Donating to charities more often
- Becoming more environmentally friendly/sustainable in life habits
- Improving eating habits
- Paying of debt
- Losing weight
- Finding a new job
- Getting more exercise
- Drinking or smoking less
- Breaking habits such as nail-biting
- Start saving money regularly
- Learn a new skill
- Spend less time on the internet/social media
- Take up a new hobby
It can be tempting to set large or complicated resolutions as this can make it feel more like a valid goal. However, doing so can make it harder to stick with your plans and lead to you losing faith and giving up. Resolutions do not have to be grand or expensive to be valid and beneficial to your life. It is also perfectly reasonable to start out small and build on your plans as you go. For example, if your New Year’s resolution is to improve your diet, start out changing one thing such as eating fewer takeaways, eating more vegetables or learning to cook more meals from scratch. Once you feel comfortable with this change you can add another rather than feeling overwhelmed by changing everything at once.
Crystals can be used in helping you work towards and achieve your New Year’s resolutions. Many have properties that are suited to this aim such as improving motivation, clear thinking and increasing concentration. If you are interested in learning more about how crystals can be used in helping to reach your goals successfully my hub, How to Use Crystals to Boost New Year’s Resolutions contains detailed information as well as a list of seven crystals that are well suited to this.