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Speaking for The Coast: To me you are perfect 

Something didn't feel right when we sat down to bounce around ideas for this year's Well Being Guide. While the annual issue has changed over the years—from a sports and fitness focussed attempt to get readers moving their bodies during the most hibernatable months of the year, to a more well-rounded wellness round-up with advice on money, mental health and soothing self-care—it still was too tied up in the societal idea that changing is non-negotiable and now is the time to become new-and-improved versions of ourselves.

The New Year's resolution industry has evolved to become just that—an industry. Now, for the most part, the ways to feel better about ourselves come with a price tag, a membership fee or at least a little bit of extra cash to squirrel away. And if you don't have any of that, you're stuck being your same old inadequate self.

Last year, like any year and then some, was difficult. The political climate and daily news left a lot of people feeling unseen, unheard and unimportant. Then there's our other world, the online one that's obsessed with scrolling through and staring at curated feeds and filtered photos of folks who seemingly have it all (or at the very least, their shit together). The result? A heck of a lot of people who feel like they aren't enough on a good day, let alone at the start of a new year.

That's why this year's Well Being Guide doesn't give a shit about the #fitfam or your RRSP. Instead you can read Mollie Cronin's piece about giving yourself permission to stay the same (P9), Morgan Mullin's essay on navigating friendship in a social media-centric time (P8) or Isabel Ruitenbeek's guide to talking about sex and pleasure (P11).

Instead of echoing the New Year, New You narrative and attempting to preach the ways we can all be better, we encourage you be gentle with yourselves. Just the way you are.

—Allison Saunders, deputy editor

Tell me all your worst-kept resolutions at allisons@thecoast.ca

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