Fearne Cotton says she won't be making New Year's resolutions this year, but 'gentle promises' to herself instead.
Writing for Grazia, Fearne explained that 'the first day of 2021 might hold more expectation than usual as we wave off 2020 with a strong desire for this new year to be happier, healthier and much less stressful'. And with that expectation comes pressure to make strict and defined New Year's resolutions that often don't stick.
So, the TV and podcast presenter is determined to make three 'gentle promises' to herself for the 12 months ahead, rather than 'ladening' herself with 'long lists of things I need to tick off...to prove that I'm "on course" to a better life, a better me'.
Fearne writes that those 'gentle promises can [then] naturally evolve from a kind and loving place', rather than being ways of berating herself if they fail which often happens with New Year's resolutions like getting fitter or achieving a certain goal.
One of Fearne's promises to herself is as simple as it is powerful – and something lots of us could probably do with adopting ourselves.
'My first promise is to be kinder to myself,' she writes. 'A cliche at times but, when we really dig deep...we are usually are own worst enemy.'
She adds: 'Most recently, underneath that foul-mouthed inner voice I've noticed a need for control. I use control to keep away the bits of myself I don't like. The gross bits, and we ALL have gross bits. The part of me that gossips mindlessly about people I know. The part of me that lies or takes the easy route...Embracing my gross bits is one of the kindest things I could do for myself.'
You can read Fearne's full article in the new issue of Grazia, out now.
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