Everyone’s talking about:  Resolution fatigue

Everyone’s talking about: Resolution fatigue

If this is more self-improvement advice for 2023, I swear I’ll…

Calm down.

Calming down is already on my list.

You have made resolutions, then?

Yes, standard stuff: lose a stone, be kinder to friends about their cold-shower obsessions, stop hating people with paddleboards.

And how’s that going for you?


You’re not alone. According to a new YouGov survey, while more Britons made New Year’s resolutions this year (21 per cent, up from 14 per cent last year) that also means record numbers (one in six last year) will break them all.

Why do we even bother?

Excellent question. There’s a growing movement claiming we shouldn’t.

Resolution rebels. I like it. Tell me more…

The Washington Post advised readers to ditch the resolutions in favour of a ‘nudge word’.

A what?

A word that reflects something you want for yourself in 2023.


Something more nourishing.


OK, moving on. Another transatlantic initiative advises people to forget yearly goals and try a ‘Monday reset’ instead.

Great, I’ll do that tomorrow.

On 16 January? Are you mad?

But I thought you just said that I should ‘reset’ my goals on a Monday?

Well, yes – provided it isn’t the third Monday in January.


It’s ‘Blue Monday’. Officially the year’s most depressing day.

I shouldn’t commit to a gym membership, then?

We wouldn’t commit to getting out of bed.

Actually, didn’t I read that Equinox gyms banned people from joining up in January?

‘You’re not a New Year’s resolution’ said its website as 2023 dawned.

What was their point?

Russell crowe’s 2023 resolution? To do only high-quality hangover

That the luxury fitness chain – membership costs from around £200 a month – isn’t about token gestures.

Bold move to drop revenue for a month.

They didn’t. The ban only lasted one day – business as usual on 2 January.

Who else has resolution fatigue?

Surprisingly, Gwyneth Paltrow (right), who says resolutions ‘set us up to fail’. She admits, however, that she hasn’t actually got any vices left.

Anyone less perfect?

Russell Crowe. Instead of joining the growing ranks of Dry January observers (including nine million in the UK this year), on New Year’s Eve he tweeted that he’s only allowing ‘high quality, thoroughly deserved hangovers’.

And for those of us hanging on to sobriety by our fingernails?

Loose leaf tea.


It’s one of countryliving.com’s resolutions for a slower-paced life. It also advises ‘pouring it [the tea] into a mug, catching the leaves with a strainer and adding milk’.

More a packet instruction than a resolution…

Then how about its advice for a slow-paced physical activity?

Hit me…

‘Learn to stand up’.

Not much of a challenge.

Sorry, we didn’t scroll down – ‘learn to stand-up paddleboard’.

You know how I feel about paddleboards.

Then how about The Wall Street Journal’s advice to switch your New Year focus from learning new things to worrying less.

About what?

Friendships, for example. If your New Year’s resolution is to reach out to more people then don’t bother.

Why not?

Because, say psychologists, as we age we experience ‘socioemotional selectivity’.

Come again?

We ditch annoying people and give less of a toss.

So those friends who bang on about lasting seven minutes under a freezing shower after watching Wim Hof on YouTube?

Dead to you.



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