Making and breaking those New Year resolutions

Susanne Cruickshank, on what the New Year could bring for the NHS.

Susanne Cruickshank discusses what the New Year could bring for the NHS.

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How is your 2018 so far?  Busy I suspect.  Pressures on hospital beds are not new, but colleagues tell me that every ward is full and it feels like an exceptional year.

It is unclear yet how many people with cancer may be affected, as there is little flexibility in services. However, you can share your experiences with us @RCNCancerforum

Being busy is often one of the reasons given for why New Year resolutions are abandoned in January. I decided this year not to make a resolution so that I wouldn’t feel guilty if I broke it.

It is part of my aim for 2018 to be kind to myself. I hope this approach will increase my ability to be mindful.

It is hard to ignore the increasing emphasis in cancer literature on improving our lifestyles, particularly around weight and exercise.  With this in mind, and in an attempt to be proactive, I have been looking at the NHS Couch to 5K app over the past year.


In that time, I have been quietly contemplating, firstly, as to whether I could do it and, secondly, if I want to do it. Having decided the answer was yes to both, following some encouragement as well as receiving a new pair of trainers for Christmas, I began. 

But let me be honest: running through rain, sleet, snow and ice is not appealing to me.

I am thinking of asking the app designers to add in a weather monitor and tips about running in different weather conditions, especially as I live in Scotland.

One benefit of living in a rural area is that I haven’t met anyone while out on my runs along the road. This is clearly advantageous to me until I look semi-respectable as a runner. I will keep you posted.

About the author

Susanne Cruickshank is an associate professor in cancer nursing for the University of Stirling

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