Studies have shown that making New Year’s resolutions can be both healthy and unhealthy.
For starters, New Year’s resolutions force people into the mindset that they can only achieve happiness if they meet their resolutions. The problem with this type of thinking is that it can lead to depression and anxiety if they don’t meet their New Year’s goals.
Worse yet, the feelings of failure can continue to pile up from year to year making it even harder to achieve their goals until they believe that they will never achieve anything they set out to do.
As “new” New Year’s resolutions are set into motion over winter months in many areas of the world, the failure by some people to meet resolutions can exacerbate the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder in those who experience it. Some people, according to Skout, are afflicted with S.A.D. during the summer months or throughout the year. As a result, the negative effect and increased feelings of failure can happen repeatedly in bursts as a new year progresses.
Achieving New Year’s resolutions also requires a lot self control. People use up energy when attempting to achieve goals — especially when they’re attempting to persuade themselves to do so. They’re then more susceptible to external influences and poor decision making.