The worst New Year resolutions you can make

As December comes to a close, people all over the globe are preparing for New Year’s festivities and chatting with friends about their goals and dreams for the coming year. Below is a list of the most common New Year’s resolutions that are almost destined to be dumped by early February.

As December comes to a close, people all over the globe are preparing for New Year’s festivities and chatting with friends about their goals and dreams for the coming year. Below is a list of the most common New Year’s resolutions that are almost destined to be dumped by early February.

I will completely cut out [insert unhealthy vice here]!

Many people decide to quit smoking or swear off alcohol altogether. While it can initially feel empowering to “just say no” to unhealthy habits, parting ways with a longtime vice is likely to leave you feeling deprived and desperate in the long run.

I will reach my goal weight by this summer!


Maybe you didn’t overindulge this season, but you’re still struggling with some unhappy thoughts about your current weight, dress size or body shape. Losing weight is the number one New Year’s resolution. But, if you go about setting your weight loss goals the wrong way, you’re likely to quit or — even worse — gain it all back and then some! The problem with a resolution to simply “lose weight” is that the results are too far off to keep you motivated.

I will join a [gym, health club, exercise class]!


Joining a gym or club can be a great way to reset a rusty fitness routine—but only after you actually go on a consistent basis. Many of those who purchase a gym membership in January bail on their workouts within the first six months.

I will spend more quality time with my [friends, spouse, family]!


When the gatherings are over and the decorations are put away, post-party January blues can have you pining for a full house and swinging social schedule. Spending more quality time with loved ones is a popular resolution and it is important to your health to come together for happy occasions and celebrations throughout the year. But focusing too much on fitting in elaborate activities with friends, family and children can leave you stressed out and stretched too thin.

I will max out my savings account this year!


Everyone’s wallet feels a little lighter after the holiday season, so January is often a time when people considerchanging their spending habits. Socking money away can also cause stress and tension, especially if you’re lacking a specific goal or the support to make it happen.

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