It’s a new year but is it really a new me?

It’s hard to believe it has already been a month since Christmas Day and that we are nearly a month into 2018.

While I had a lovely Christmas and New Year break in Adelaide with my family, I had a packed schedule the whole time, which made it difficult to come back to work (even if it is only nine weeks until my next holiday).

As per every New Year period, I thought about what I could change this year and make as my resolutions, and as per every other year, it is something along the lines of eating better and exercising more.

For once, I have actually stuck to my New Year’s ‘resolutions’, even if the last thing I want to do when I get home from work is get myself to the gym for a workout.

I would much rather get myself hot chips and watch reality shows.

But it begs the question, do resolutions really change you or your mentality?

You regularly see social media posts stating ‘New year, new me’, but what is it that changes us when the clock strikes 12 on New Year’s Eve?

I’ve always felt unmotivated to get up early and go to the gym and I still do, and I still prefer pasta and pizza over chicken breast and veggies any time of day, (yes, including breakfast).

But maybe that’s what resolutions are for. To make you actually stop and think about the choices you make, both big and small.

Whether it be a decision as big as a change in career, or something a bit more personal, like changing your hair colour, or even something as minuscule as whether or not to buy that chocolate bar as you wait in line at the supermarket. 

So as you reflect on your progress with your New Year’s resolutions, take a moment to really think about them, are they something that is bettering you?

Or something that you’re just doing because you couldn’t think of anything else to do and knew you had to do something?

Maybe think about changing them to something you would enjoy, maybe spending more quality time with the family or exploring and experimenting more with food because at the end of the day, your resolutions should not just be about creating a new you but a better, improved version of yourself.

How do your resolutions measure up? Are they sustainable and realistic? Or have you already given and made yourself feel bad?

Kathrine Catanzariti

Eyre Peninsula Tribune journalist