New Years’ Resolutions; good, bad or indifferent?

Tomorrow is the first day of 2022. Whatever your thoughts on the #NewYear and whatever your mood as we step into this next year, there is always at least a teeny glimmer of hope. A new start, new beginnings – what will this new year bring for us? Perhaps that hope is a little dimmer this year, maybe for personal reasons or maybe just because the last two years have taken their toll. And, no surprise. Living through nearly 2 years of a global pandemic is exhausting. We totally get that.

But, does that teeny glimmer of something, let’s call it hope, inspire you to think about some new years’ resolutions? What do you even think when you hear that term? Are they something that you consistently do or does the very idea fill you with dread? Whatever your reaction, let’s take a moment to pause and think about them.

A #newyearsresolution is defined as ‘a tradition in which a person resolves to continue good practices, change an undesired trait or behaviour, accomplish a personal goal, or otherwise improve their life at the start of a new year.’

I don’t know about you but I think we could all do with being a little kinder to ourselves and yes, you might be thinking that your new years’ resolution must be to lose weight, get fitter & be able to fit back into those clothes that have sat in your wardrobe unworn for the last 18 months (speaking from experience here, in case you hadn’t realised!). These are all fine but what if your resolution was to be a bit kinder to yourself and that kindness came in the form of cutting out the toxins you put in your body (alcohol), eating cleaner and fresher foods (a colourful, balanced diet) and getting some form of daily movement (exercise!). The outcome will likely still be the same but it’s not something to beat yourself up with when you’re not running marathons by March or wearing a size 6. Be kind to yourself.

And maybe we could take that kindness a little further. A resolution to be kinder to our planet would go a long way in 2022. What are some of the small changes that you could make in 2022?

  • Use the car a little bit less – can you walk instead of taking the car for your quick trip to the shops?

  • Eat less meat and dairy. You don’t have to go vegetarian or vegan to make a difference: cut down gradually and become a ‘flexitarian’. By reducing your consumption of animal protein by half, you can cut your diet's carbon footprint by more than 40%.

  • Don’t inadvertently subsidise fossil fuels. Some of our biggest name banks are the biggest investors in fossil fuels. Use this site to check how ethical your bank is;

  • Shop differently – the clothing sector represents around 3% of the world’s global production of carbon emissions. There’s some great pre-loved, second hand shopping sites and apps out there now. Why not take a look in 2022. (Added bonus, you can pick up some great bargains – much kinder to your bank balance too!)

Keep making small, incremental changes. All the small changes make a big difference over time.

So, whatever your resolutions for 2022, we hope it’s a great start to the year for you and your friends and families. We’re excited for what 2022 will bring us over here at Considerate Beauty HQ so, from all of us, Happy New Year!

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