A new year, a new decade, a new fitness regime perhaps, a new way of eating, dressing, working etc. There’s so much newness when we begin January and as we draw this month to a close the focus on changing things often persists into February and beyond.

The implication of new of course means replacing the familiar way of doing things; in other words, new equals change and change brings uncertainty. It means we go from what we know (even if we’re essentially unhappy where we are and would like things to be different) into the unknown. That is frightening for many of us.