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Photo: oatawa (Shutterstock) In theory, New Year’s resolutions should make your life less stressful, or at least give you a means to address things about your life you’d like to change. In reality, however, a lofty New Year’s resolution can often loom over you, forming a nagging reminder of your supposed failure to reinvent yourself just because another 365 days have passed. This year New Year’s, I say screw all that. Twenty-twenty was colored by economic collapse, political fractiousness, civil unrest, and a raging pandemic that’s still spreading throughout the country. Why start 2021 by voluntarily subjecting yourself to stress, especially when the world around you is offering you so little respite from it? The only kinds of resolutions you should make for 2021 are stress-free ones. Here’s how to set New Year’s resolutions without getting overwhelmed by stress. Makes sure your goals are actually achievable We’d all like to emerge like a phoenix from the ashes of 2020 with a bunch of new skills and hobbies, but life doesn’t work like that. If you’re trying to achieve something new, make sure your goal is actually manageable. Are you going to go from not running at all to running a 5K every day, or even every couple days? No, you’re not. So why leave yourself with a mountain to climb? The mental health website VeryWellMind suggests setting SMART goals (the acronym stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound). When it comes to the popular New Year’s resolution of […]