It might be the dreariest month of the year, but there are at least two things going for February: It’s short, and it’s not January.
February brings a reprieve from the pressures that come with the start of the year. The steady stream of gym advertisements eases up. Dry January ends, and bars get more of their customers back. For those of us already thinking about abandoning our New Year’s resolutions, the arrival of February may seem like tacit permission to give up.
If you haven’t made as much progress on your resolutions as you might like, psychologists stress that you shouldn’t be hard on yourself. “Life is about consistent, attainable healthy habits, or adding things into your life in manageable pieces,” said Thea Gallagher, a clinical psychologist and associate professor at NYU Langone Health.