Let’s Make This The Year of Radical Self-Care!

Here we are, facing down another year and wondering whether to make a resolution, what resolution to make, and why make a resolution at all.

New Year’s Resolutions Generally Fail

According to Forbes.com, just 8% of people achieve their resolutsions.


Because most people choose a resolution based on something they want to avoid, get away from or prevent from happening. That is the reason so many people choose to stop drinking or smoking. It’s the reason so many people resolve to eat less, be nicer, stop shouting at their children, or stop spending so much.

We want to fix the things about ourselves we believe are not good, healthy or wholesome. We want to be ‘better’ than we are.

This mindset inevitably leads to failure. It assumes we are incomplete and flawed. That kind of focus ultimately results in slipping back into exactly the behaviours we were trying to avoid.

Let’s Make 2016 The Year of Self-Care

Self-care is crucial to a happy life.

Imagine this: all year long you put your happiness, your basic needs and your sanity ahead of all other priorities. You take long soothing baths when you want them. You listen to your body and feed it only food that makes you feel healthy and vital. When you have an urge to go for a walk in Nature, you follow it. You speak your truth, with kindness. You have compassion for your failures, short-comings and imperfections. In short, you make self-care the primary focus of 2016.

How do you feel when you care deeply for yourself?

But Self-Care is Selfish

Really? Are stressed-out, burned out, wiggy, crazy people who sacrifice themselves at the altar of pleasing everyone else enjoyable to be around?

Who are you when you look after yourself first? Do you have more or less energy? Are you more or less likely to be compassionate towards others? Are you more or less tolerant of other people and their sometimes irritating habits?

I know I’m kinder, more compassionate, more energetic, happier, less stressed and more interesting to be around when I take care of myself first.

Join The Experiment

I challenge you to forget about New Year’s resolutions and join me instead in making 2016 the year of self-care.

What does this mean exactly:

  • prioritising listening deeply to yourself;
  • saying no when you need to;
  • giving yourself the simple pleasures that make your heart sing;
  • resting when you need rest;
  • stopping all forms of negative self-talk and self-criticism;
  • celebrating your wins; and
  • being grateful for life.

Join me. Let’s see where we end up …

And if it feels too hard to do this alone, you’d love some accountability, or just a little encouragement, take advantage of a complimentary Breakthrough Coaching Session. Start Your Journey!.


  • Margaret Bending

    Reply Reply December 31, 2015

    Sounds great, pollyanna I love the idea of self care.

  • Shannon

    Reply Reply December 31, 2015

    Lovely article Pollyanna. Self care is important. Just like they say on the airplane “affix your own oxygen mask first before helping others” love it!

    • darling_lover

      Reply Reply December 31, 2015

      I that like analogy Shannon!

  • Guy Thornycroft

    Reply Reply December 31, 2015

    “It’s all about me, Baby! It’s all about the things I love to be! It’s all about me!” Yup – Self validation and love all the way!

    • darling_lover

      Reply Reply December 31, 2015

      Smiling 🙂 Happy New Year Guy!

  • Ann Souter

    Reply Reply December 31, 2015

    This article is so brilliant. It really gets to the heart of what we CAN do to make our lives better. I highly recommend everyone who reads this to get coaching from Pollyanna. She is truly amazing and inciteful and will open your world to happiness and contentment you didn’t even dream possible. She’s damn funny too! Enjoy! 🙂

    • darling_lover

      Reply Reply December 31, 2015

      Thank you Ann!!

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