21st Century Land Girls: Celebrating women in agriculture

In the past, women have played minor roles among the agricultural industry, but they are now being celebrated for their crucial involvement within this traditionally male-dominated sector.

Angela Huth’s wartime book ‘Land Girls’, set in 1941, highlights how women proved their value and capability as farmers as a way of supporting the country. Now, 78 years on, women’s voices are increasingly being heard.

This International Women’s Day, as a way of recognising and celebrating women working in agriculture, EN4 News spoke to some inspiring females to find out why a career in this field is proving to be more popular among all ages.

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“I love my job because I enjoy working with animals and being outside,” said beef and sheep farmer Janet McQuistin.

“My secondary school guidance teacher was horrified when I said I wanted to farm, as she said it would be a waste of my qualifications. I’m so glad I followed my passion.”

Janet farms with her husband and is widely respected in the local area and beyond due to her involvement in Scotland’s livestock industry.

“I have never faced any discrimination in the livestock world and have judged shows and served on committees equally with other men. There are fewer challenges physically for women like me now in that everything can be mechanised.”

Mrs McQustin went on: “Many also have the opinion that women should be trained in doing farm books, feeding calves or running diversification businesses such as holiday lets. Why can’t some people just see that we want to farm?”

When looking to connect with other female farmers, Janet finds Instagram a particularly useful platform for networking.

“Instagram is brilliant because there are so many female farmers posting about their daily work on the farm. Making these connections helps remove the isolation and solitary nature of our occupation.”

Gemma Sloan, 23, farms alongside her father, grandmother and sister on the most southernly farm in Scotland.

“Farming is something that I’ve always known and is in my genes. I help run a livestock and arable farm, as well as a diversified café on the cliff edge at the Mull of Galloway.

“My granny was also brought up in wellies, surrounded by sheep. She has certainly inspired me to get involved in the family farm,” explained Sloan.

With women now heavily involved in all aspects of the industry, Jane Craigie from Aberdeen runs a marketing and communications agency, specialising in agri-food and rural issues. She employs six other females from across Scotland.

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“Women play a vital role in all aspects of agriculture, and the industry has dramatically moved from a male-dominated one to an increasingly inclusive sector. I am completely pro-talent, not pro-women,” she told EN4 News.

“In my experience and as an employee of all women in my own marketing team, I feel that women are natural communicators, innately curious, empathetic and creative, which is crucial in the future development of the industry.”

Being the first women to be appointed to the Ringlink Scotland board, one of the UK’s largest agricultural business rings, Ms Craigie is enthusiastic about encouraging more women onto the agricultural board as a way of recognising talent irrespective of gender.

These women are part of the push to create diverse career opportunities with the farming sector. Despite the industry still being male-dominated, females more respected than ever and celebrated equally for their work.

For more information on women in agriculture organisations, follow the below links:

https://www.womeninagriculture.scot/

https://www.ruralpayments.org/publicsite/futures/topics/all-schemes/women-in-agriculture/

Inspiring women: Jade Paterson

As part of international women’s day, I was tasked with finding a woman I found ‘inspirational.’ At first, I thought of politicians and celebrities and those in the media. After a lot of consideration, I realised the women who inspire me the most are everyday women. The ones who choose to make a difference in the lives of others without much in return.

EN4 News spoke to Jade Paterson, a 21-year-old woman who is a student at Edinburgh University, but also works as a psychiatric care assistant.

In a study in Scotland last year, the Fair Work Convention found that those working in the industry were faced with ‘excessive shifts’ and unfair working conditions for an extremely low salary.

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Earlier this year Jade’s job was classed by the British Government as ‘Unskilled’ and after a long shift looking after patients, Jade was outraged and took to twitter to express her anger.

 

 

Jades outrage was shared by over 400 thousand people. Her tweet resonated with those in similar positions and lead to those who’s lives had been helped by carers.

 

Jade was inspired to go into the field by a woman close to her and believes that there should be more recognition for those in the industry.

 

Jade came up with the idea of ‘People of Edinburgh’ as a space on her University Hockey club’s Facebook page for members to be open and transparent about their mental health.

 

Due to her work on this project Jade is being nominated by Edinburgh University as one of the top 20 influential women of 2020.

 

Jade will take part in a photoshoot, along with the other 19 women nominated. Their portraits will then be shown, along with their accomplishments, at an exhibition for International women’s day on Sunday at Teviot House.

Ruby Rare’s guide to non-monogamy

Non-monogamy is something many of us view as completely foreign.

The concept of being in a relationship with more than one person at a time is paired with so many negative assumptions.

Primarily, cheating.

Ruby Rare is a sex educator for The Brook Trust, the UK’s second-largest sexual health charity, and has made it her mission to open minds across the country to the idea of polyamorous relationships.

“Non-monogamy is meant to be fun- if it isn’t, you’re doing it wrong.”

Based in London, with a following of over 39,000 people on Instagram, Ruby uses her platform to shed light on taboo issues.

 

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IT’S BI VISIBILITY DAY BITCHES! 💗💜💙 💥 This year I’ve noticed the growing visibility our community is experiencing, which I’m obviously loving and am proud to play a small part in 🥰 💥 I’ve always been bisexual, but because there was little to no visibility as I was growing up, it took me until my twenties to realise that could be a viable identity. And once I realised it myself, it took another few years to banish the imposter syndrome and build up the courage to openly live, date, love, and fuck as a glorious bisexual being. 💥 It makes me so happy to see the increase in visibility now: from the growing number of public figures coming out publically, to the growing and evolving variety of labels we can identify with, I’m thrilled that being bisexual in all its forms is being celebrated. I hope this continues! 💥 I often feel like I exist outside of straight as well as gay worlds, and have really enjoyed nurturing my bi/pan/queer friendships this year. Finding your community is the most important piece of bi advice I can give – whether that’s online, in the real world, or hopefully a combination of the two, connecting with likeminded people where you don’t have to constantly explain yourself is a true joy and will help you on your *queer journey*. 💥 Remember that YOU ARE BISEXUAL ENOUGH! Regardless of whether you are 100% out and proud, quietly figuring it out, bi but in a hetero-presenting relationship, bisexual but hetero/homo-romantic, your sexuality is VALID and BEAUTIFUL. Go forth into the world with confidence as the sparkly, queer as fuck human that you are 🏩

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She travels up and down the country doing talks on sexual pleasure, porn, body positivity and non-monogamy.

Last night, EN4 News attended ‘Ruby Rare’s Guide to Non-Monogamy’ at Teviot House.

The event was a collaboration between Sexpression Edinburgh and the EUSA Women’s Campaign as part of LGBT History Month.

Identifying as queer and non-monogamous, Ruby expresses the privilege we hold living in a country where attitudes are evolving:

“We have a responsibility to be more inclusive and make this conversation warmer”

 

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PRIDE APPRECIATION 🧡 swipe right to see the identities each flag represents. 💥 I love pride month; I get all gushy about how far we as a queer community have come, and celebrate by throwing on some trashy drag and parading around London (and any other city that’ll have me for pride weekend). But along with the celebration comes the responsibility to look at the challenges we continue to face. Slapping a rainbow flag on something does not solve problems, and all too often many ‘lesser known’ sexuality and gender identities are ignored throughout pride and made to feel isolated and unimportant. 💥 This Pride, I encourage you to learn more about a variety of sexuality and gender identities. Each queer identity is unique, with it’s own set of challenges and prejudices, many of which you may not experiance and may not have even considered. Let’s use this month to educate eachother about our struggles, and to find ways to celebrate in inclusive ways 💖💖 💥 P.S yes, in my queer utopic world everyone wears pink, deal with it 🙃

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By asking the audience who identified as polyamorous, Ruby has an insight into the various reasons everyone has for attending.

Some of us were just curious, some were confidently polyamorous and other wanted to learn more to begin exploring themselves and their needs.

Recently non-monogamy has been discussed across the media more and is appealing to increasing numbers of people.

In 2018, healthcare group, ‘Euroclinix‘, conducted a sex study that found that 1 in 5 of the 2000 participants in the study, identified as being polyamorous.

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Non-monogamy is most commonly understood to be intimate relationships which don’t strictly adhere to traditional standards of exclusivity.

Monogamy refers to having only one person whom you exchange feelings of love and affection, as well as sharing a physical relationship.

Ruby explains there can be different relationship structures that fall under this category and it is about finding a set up that works for you.

Friendships are beautiful forms of love, often too much emphasis is placed on sex as a relationship definer.

She warns that it is “more complicated and more work than monogamy” and requires “smart Communication” to be successful.

“You are going to feel something wonderful but also hurt.

“If you’re in a relationship and your unhappy, non-monogamy isn’t going to fix it”

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One issue, in particular, that is often a deterrent for monogamous people is the green-eyed monster.

“Jealousy is an umbrella term for loads of different types of emotions” Ruby said, and to combat it, you need to get to the bottom of what is behind it.

A frequently used term in the poly world is compersion, the idea of finding joy in seeing your partner/partners experiencing happiness with other people.

Rhiannon Ramsey identifies as polyamorous and explains how she feels when her partners are with other people, along with all other issues discussed in this article, in our EN4 News Podcast: Poly special.

Ruby using her platform to open up the conversation on non-monogamy and challenging views of what a healthy relationship is, whether it be sexual, romantic or purely platonic, hasn’t gone unnoticed.

She has been nominated for the Diva influencer of the year award 2020.

The final piece of advice she offered us was to be kind to ourselves, forgive when we make mistakes and recognise that things are not black and white.

“You are your own person, don’t let the people around you define who that person is.”

Podcast: What is non-monogamy?

On Thursday evening, we attended ‘Ruby Rare’s guide to non-Monogamy’ talk which sparked a discussion about polyamorous relationships.

Taylor Campbell, Beth Murray and Iain Leggat talk to Rhiannon Ramsey, who identifies as non-monogamous.

 

 

Check out the full article on polyamory and what Ruby Rare, a sex educator, has to say about it here

Is it possible to balance raising a baby with saving the planet?

Raising a baby while striving to be sustainable is not something that typically goes hand-in-hand. Where babies are concerned, much waste is produced just from everyday life whether that be from nappies, dummies or clothes they have outgrown.

Climate change has become increasingly prominent in the minds of people throughout the country, so it should come as no surprise that many parents have turned to eco-friendlier ways to raise their children.

The environmental cost of having a child is significant and as a result, more parents are taking the initiative to try and limit the impact their child has on the the planet’s health. Being environmentally conscious is not an easy feat – but it is possible.

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Mum of one, Fiona McKay, has bought most of her daughter’s essentials second-hand.

“I want my daughter to grow up in a world better than the one she came into. I’ve been pretty aware of overconsumption and climate change for a long time, but getting pregnant really focused me.”

As well as taking the necessary steps in her own purchases, she has also asked her family to do the same when it comes to presents. “We’ve asked for second-hand or wooden toys when people have asked about gifts. We also bought her cot, changing table, buggy, bouncer chair, etc., second-hand.”

“People feel they need to buy presents for a baby and although we’ve been very good at not buying things ourselves,” she admitted, “it’s crazy the number of new things we still received.”

When it comes to the cost of raising her daughter this way, Fiona said that although it might be more expensive to begin with, it ends up working out cheaper in the long-run.

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The Bebe Hive is one shop that has successfully catered to this market since 2017. This online shop is run by mother of two, Lauren Rigby, and works together with many different ethical and sustainable businesses from across the globe in order to bring its customers great, high-quality products to help them become eco-friendlier.

Rigby’s shop aims to allow its customers to shop “consciously and sustainably for their little people” and this is highlighted by the products that they sell, such as: rubber dummies, silicone bibs, and wooden and sustainable-based toys.

 

Laura understands that parenting is stressful enough without trying to be completely sustainable but she stresses that “little changes will make a big difference.”

“I do think if people understood more about the choices they make and the options and alternatives available, then they would be more willing to prioritise the topic of sustainability.”

Adopting a sustainable lifestyle whilst raising your children is not easy but it is definitely possible if you have the means and determination to do it.

Projekt 42 and the Hunt for Happiness

The third week of January has come to be known by many as ‘Hunt for Happiness Week’. The general idea of ‘Hunt for Happiness Week’ is to consider what we define as true happiness and the ways in which we can achieve a satisfactory level of personal pleasure in our lives.

The entrance to Projekt 42. Photo Credit: Aimee Spence

In celebration of ‘Hunt for Happiness Week 2020’, EN4 News visited Projekt 42, a non-profit gym located in Leith which focuses on strengthening the link between mental and physical health.

First opened in April 2016 by Sara Hawkins, Projekt 42 is currently the only gym in the UK to incorporate personal training, life coaching and counselling.

By looking at well-being from more than one angle, Projekt 42 are able to provide their clients with the tools necessary to make positive changes in their lives.

A self-proclaimed “gym for everyone”, Projekt 42 is all about inclusion. The gym offers classes, counselling and training at an affordable price in an attempt to encourage people with a low income to improve their physical and mental well-being.

In a further attempt to prevent anyone from missing out, the gym offers free counselling sessions to anyone receiving benefits that is not currently in employment or education.

Projekt 42 also takes into consideration that it may not always be possible for parents to find childcare while they attend a session. As a result, the gym includes a large soft-play area where parents can leave their children with a qualified child-minder.

Parents can leave their children in the soft-play area. Photo Credit: Aimee Spence

EN4 News spoke to Projekt 42’s general manager Marty Wilson and manager of studio and activities Matt Whale to gain a little more insight into why the gym was opened and how it works. You can watch the interview below:

 

If you would like to make a donation or find out more about Projekt 42, you can find their website here.

 

Want to enjoy haggis on Burns Night, but you’re vegan? Now you can!

Burns Night is upon us and you know what that means. Plenty of singing, plenty of dancing and (undoubtedly) plenty of hairy, kilted men.

Another staple of Burns Night is the traditional meal of haggis, neeps and tatties. However, we understand that this may not appeal to everyone.

Have no fear, you don’t have to miss out this Burns Night, why not try our recipe for delicious, vegan haggis!

A Burns Night celebration. Photo Credit: RAF Mildenhall

You will need:

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 250g mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1 ½ tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp white pepper
  • 1 tsp Marmite
  • 25g sunflower seeds
  • 50g pearl barley, rinsed
  • 390g tin green lentils
  • 50g porridge oats
  • 100g vegetable suet

You will also need:

  • string
  • muslin

Method:

1. Pour oil into a large frying pan and fry the onions for 15 minutes over a low heat.

2.  Add the garlic, grated carrot, chopped mushrooms and sunflower seeds and add salt, pepper and the other spices.

3.  Cook for 5 minutes and then add the Marmite, pearl barley and 200ml water.

4. Bring to the boil, cover and cook for 30 minutes.

5. Take the pan off the heat and tip the mixture onto a large roasting tin. Once cold, stir in the lentils, oats and vegetable suet.

6. To cook the “haggis” spread it out on a large piece of baking parchment. Shape it into a log, roll the paper up and twist the ends so it is completely sealed. Wrap up in muslin and tie the ends securely with string.

7. Heat a large pan of boiling water then slowly lower the haggis into it. Reduce the heat and cook for 1 hour. Unwrap and serve with neeps and tatties.

Alternative serving suggestion – Vegan Haggis with butter beans. Photo Credit: Flickr

Workplace ‘burnout’ costs employers £43 billion

A study by accounting firm Deloitte and ‘Mind’, a mental health charity, has found that the 15% of workers suffering from poor mental health symptoms cost businesses an extra £43 billion per year.

This £43 billion covers aspects such as paid sick leave, hiring temporary employees to cover absent workers and paid annual leave which many workers utilise to disguise their mental health issues.

The study coincides with ‘Hunt for Happiness’ week – an event created by the Society of Happy People to encourage people to think about and pursue ways to improve your mental health.

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Burnout‘ refers to the overwhelming feeling of physical and mental exhaustion due to prolonged stress and anxiety. Many employees across every sector have experienced burnout to a degree, despite an increase in mental health awareness in the workplace. The Deloitte report predicts that poor mental health will become more prevalent than physical illnesses in the workplace:

“Mental health problems will soon surpass other work-related illnesses such as musculoskeletal disorders, respiratory diseases, cancer, skin issues, and hearing damage”

Chris, a community mental health nurse, believes that while attitudes towards poor mental health are changing, some workers are still reluctant to seek medical help and assistance from their employers:

“1 in 10 people, at some point, will have mental health which interferes with their day-to-day life, but many workers don’t feel supported by their employers with lack of training in some small businesses especially”

“Some employers do make an effort, often due to a personal experience with mental illness – they might have had a friend or relative who has struggled with poor mental health”

In Chris’ experience, around 90% of patients are employed, including housewives and carers, with many of his patients being seasonal workers, council workers and employees of large businesses. Due to the rising cost of living, stagnant wages and “unsympathetic” bosses, workers are under more pressure than ever to work harder and achieve more than their pay level warrants.

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The Deloitte study references ‘leaveism’ – when employees are unable to disconnect from work even when at home. The increasing ability to remotely access work from home coupled with feeling guilty for switching off blurs the line between work and home, inevitably leading to burnout.

As well as ‘leaveism’, workers often participate in ‘presenteeism’ – working when they are unfit to work – in a bid to not address and discuss their mental health issues with their employers. However, in recent years mental health problems have been destigmatised greatly, with many employers encouraging workers to discuss how they feel with appointed mental health officers. These officers receive training in how to deal with and support colleagues who suffer from poor mental health as 1 in 4 workers feel they could face “negative consequences” if they make a formal report on their health.

Help Guide (Credit: Deloitte)

‘Healthy Working Lives’ is an organisation aimed at employers who are looking to improve the wellbeing of their employees. They offer a variety of resources such as training for management and mental health officers as well as paperwork designed to give workers the chance to anonymously raise their concerns about their own or a fellow employee’s mental health. The popularity of organisations such as Mind and Healthy Working Lives has helped to destigmatise mental illness in recent years, however, it’s clear that much more must be done to relieve the mental health crisis amongst the country’s workers.

Looking to improve your mental health and wellbeing outside of work? Some local gyms such as Projekt 42 focus on not only improving your fitness but your mental wellbeing too.

 

 

Blue Monday: Survival Guide

How to get through the lowest day of the year 

This coming Monday (January 20th) marks the annual date observed by some as Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year.
The term was first coined back in 2005 by a holiday company called Sky Travel. In a now famous press release, the company claimed that they had calculated the most depressing date of the year using an equation.

Sky Travel took many factors into consideration while determining the date of Blue Monday. Firstly, they looked at weather conditions around this time of year where rain, wind and snow were in abundance.

They then considered the level of debt which had likely accumulated by people over the festive period. It was also found that around the third Monday of January was when most New Year’s resolutions failed. Additionally they also looked into low levels of motivation, time spent sleeping, hours of sunlight and stress levels.

Generally reported as falling on the third Monday of January each year, Blue Monday has become a date dreaded by many.
All is not lost however, you don’t have to spend Blue Monday barricaded in your room eating tub after tub of peanut butter Häagen-Dazs.

We have here 6 ways you can beat Blue Monday and dreary winter months ahead!

Survival Tip #1 – Brave the Weather

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I know it looks horrible out there. But spending even 20 minutes outside each day can provide you with some amazing health benefits.

Studies have shown that getting yourself outside (especially during the winter) can boost your immune system, improve your focus, lessen anxiety, help you sleep better and even increase your self-esteem.

So this Blue Monday, rain or shine, why not arrange to go a nice walk in the local park or if you’re feeling brave, go a good long hike with a friend.

Survival Tip #2 – Socialise

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Humans are sociable creatures who crave regular interaction with other humans. Even the most introverted individual could not survive without a little communication with other people.

And social interaction is good for us. According to psychology, being social is an integral part of human nature. Our own nervous systems actually expect us to have others around us and when we go without, it puts a large amount of stress on our bodies.

Nobody likes to feel lonely, but it can be difficult around this time of year with increased workloads, lack of funds and adverse weather conditions to ensure that we are getting enough social interaction.

Don’t spend Blue Monday alone if you can help it, call up a friend that you haven’t seen in a

while and pick up where you left off.

Survival Tip #3 – Get Active

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If you are not fond of exercise, it may seem a little counter intuitive to spend Blue Monday doing something you hate. However, it may be just what you need to boost morale and improve your own self-image.

Through exercise, your energy levels are increased making you more alert and boosting your immunity. There has also been a link found between regular exercise and improved mental health. Want to increase your confidence and reduce your stress levels? Getting active may be the way to go.

Joining a gym is a great way to keep fit but it can be a little costly.

If you would like to get active this Blue Monday without spending too much, why not join a local running group?

Survival Tip #4 – Try a New Diet

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After all those Christmas dinners, selection boxes and bottles of Baileys, now is the perfect time to try and new diet and improve your health!

You don’t need to try anything too intense. Introducing more fresh fruit and vegetables into your diet can be very beneficial. While reducing the amount of red meat you consume lowers your risk of heart disease and is good for the environment.

Due to lack of sunlight, this time of year it can be very difficult to get the crucial vitamins and minerals that we need. By eating foods rich in vitamins C and D, you can help boost your immune system.

This Blue Monday why not follow our easy recipe and make your own Vitamin Booster!

 

Survival Tip #5 – Clean Your Space

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Studies have shown that a cluttered space can equal a cluttered mind. We all have our own space and no matter how small, it can seem daunting to think about tidying it.

It is especially common to lose track of tidiness after the rush of Christmas and New Year, however cleaning your space may reduce your stress levels and make you feel more contented to work at home.

Our advice would be to start small and take your time. You don’t need to rush and you can take breaks in between. If cleaning your space means tidying several rooms then don’t stress yourself by taking it all on at once, start in one corner of a room and progress from there.

If your mind is feeling a little muddled this Blue Monday, try tidying your space and see if your headspace feels tidier too.

Survival Tip #6 – Have a Cheap Day Out

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The festive period can be very hard on our bank accounts. One big source of unhappiness around this time of year is lack of money. It is very depressing having to turn down fun activities because of money problems, however, there are lots of ways in which you can enjoy yourself without a lot of money.

Some wonderful ideas for a cheap day out include, a trip to a museum or art gallery, a walk around your local botanical garden or a day out at the park.

Get yourself out of the house on Blue Monday and go enjoy some low-cost fun!

Whatever you decide to do this Blue Monday, please remember that it’s okay not to feel okay all of the time and there are always people you can speak to if you need a little support. Call Samaritans at any time on 116 123.

New Year, New You? Why 19% of us are likely to have given up on our New Year’s resolution by today

January 17 has been coined “Ditch your New Year’s resolution” day after studies showed it is the day people are most likely to have given up their January 1 self-improvement vow.

Most people tend to look towards improving themselves in traditional ways. These include working on their health and fitness along with saving money and reading more books.

So why do we still set New Year’s resolutions for ourselves year-in, year-out despite only a small amount of people sticking to them? A recent survey has revealed that only 19% of Britons are successful at keeping their resolutions.

If you have given up on your resolutions already then you are clearly not alone. We all have good intentions but these never seem to last very long.

EN4News spoke to psychological therapist Sara Huibregtse Van Loon to find out more about why we give up so easily and what the reasons for that are.

She says people make these goals with the knowledge that they might not actually succeed.

“It seems that that date [today] was set to give people a way out of their resolutions should they want it.”

When asked why people give up on their resolutions, Sara explained that people tend to pin too much hope on succeeding that they forget how challenging it is to actually do so:

“Long-term thinking requires a lot of discipline… we tend to underestimate task difficultly whilst over-estimating our ability to succeed at tasks.”

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Background and age can have an effect on how likely certain people are to succeed with their resolutions.

“Individual differences in personality, circumstances and life experiences are likely to play a large role,” Sara said.

However, it is important to note that there was no background information that Sara could give us to expand this further.

For Sara, it’s important that people set realistic goals that they are willing to physically work towards. She went onto explain that resolutions are often more superficial based:

“Resolutions, as opposed to other goals, tend to be focused towards achieving an ideal version of the self and with so much pressure on the resolution to create improvements in the way the person sees themselves, others and the world, the resolution even if stuck to, usually cannot live up to that – therefore, people can drop them quite easily.”

But how does failing impact upon our mental health? For some people, failure can take its toll on their mental wellbeing as they tend to take this failure to heart:

“We can easily fall prey to cognitive distortions or ‘thinking traps’ such as all-or-nothing thinking which is where, e.g. my resolution might be to switch to a plant-based diet, but then I eat some cheese and think – ‘that’s it – I’ve ruined it now, I may as well give up.’”

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