New Year’s Resolution
Regardless of what you think about New Year’s resolutions, one thing is certain: There’s always room for improvement, and there are probably things that you did in 2016 that you should stop doing in 2017.
We all have personal bad habits that we might want to cut down on–like spending too much time doing irrelevant things, or procrastination–but there are some bad habits that all of us exhibit to some extent. Listen, what better time than now to call yourself out and try to change your ways. Let’s be real: We won’t be able to change our ways overnight, and we might abandon some of these goals entirely. But it doesn’t hurt to try. You can use the points below as a guide to a more promising New Year’s Resolutions. Here are 7 things you need to stop doing in 2017:
Constantly Fishing For Compliments
Hint – YOU DON’T NEED ALL THE FACEBOOK LIKES TO FEEL LIKED! If you can’t feel good about yourself without pestering your friends, family, bae, strangers on the internet, and fishing for compliments…maybe there’s something deeper going on that you need to address. Try to address your insecurity or body image issues head on. Be able to look in the mirror and say, “Oh, I like the way I look” without needing someone else to confirm that. You won’t feel gorgeous every day, that’s just life, but having a little more love for yourself is always a worthy goal to have for the year.
Wasting Time With People Who Don’t Treat You Well
Yes, whether it’s that one “friend” who is always treating you like you should be lucky to be around her, or that dude who has led you on (and off, and back on again) throughout 2016, 2017 is time to kick these people to the curb. Love yourself, do better.
Wasting Money On Flash In The Pan Trends
We all succumb to trends that are all shiny and cute to us one minute, but end up festering in our closet after a few months. It just happens. But it happens a lot more often if you’re reckless with your money and spend way too much time at fast-fashion shops. Your wallet (and closet space) will thank you if you become a little more selective with what you buy. Be real: Are you really going to want to wear that lace up top in a year?
Being So Passive Aggressive
Passive aggressiveness is often a big sign of a lack of maturity. So if you’re honest with yourself and admit that you were super passive aggressive in the going year–to your partner, to your friends, to your parents, etc.–then maybe you should work on that. Not only is it not a good look, it’ll just help build resentment and strain your relationships. If you feel some kind of way, say so. You’ll save yourself a lot of stress and anger.
Ignoring Politics/Current Events
This doesn’t apply to everyone, but if this applies to you, listen up: This is one of the most important times in modern memory to be active and engaged in what the hell is going on around you. Read the news more, join a club at school dedicated to an issue you care about, anything. All these little things help shape your future. Besides, it’s always good to be aware of what’s happening around you and in the world.
Keeping Your Mouth Shut When You Want To Speak Out
This isn’t a matter of being extroverted versus introverted, or being shy versus not being shy. No matter what kind of personality you have, we all have moments when we want to speak out but are too afraid to because we’re worried people will disagree or that we’ll sound stupid. Take a deep breath and take the plunge a little more in 2017. You never know, you could say something that someone else has been dying to say, but has been too afraid to do it. Use your voice. It’s worth something.
Not Addressing Your Mental Health Issues
Do not–I repeat, DO NOT–spend another year feeling like something isn’t quite right, feeling anxious, or depressed, or off in any sort of way without telling a parent, doctor, or counselor. You’re at an age where these issues are starting to crop up, and you need to address them sooner rather than later. Don’t be scared, just reach out and see what can be done.
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