Not long after the Christmas holiday, many Americans begin to compile a list of New Year's resolutions. These lists usually consist of health-related goals such as eating more fruits and vegetables, going to the gym more often, or focusing on one's mental well-being.
Unfortunately, many people start, and with good intentions, but they do not stick to their goals, and by the third Monday in January, also known as Blue Monday, they have fallen victim to their old habits once again.
Wyoming Area sophomore Michael Szymanski believes "people are discouraged too often by their peers" and just don't follow through with their resolutions on a daily basis.
Committing to and making a lifestyle change is not easy. Stopping old habits can sometimes bring out the worst in people. That is why it is important to set small goals in the beginning and work toward greater goals. Don't set yourself up to fail.
Putting time aside to keep up with your goals is important. There is no doubt that people become busy with life after the holidays. If a person were to get sidetracked for a day or two or even a week, it would be easy to give up, but don't. Take the small steps necessary to catch up.
Making working out, meal prep, or meditation a priority can sometimes become boring. Coming up with resolutions that are meaningful will keep you motivated and more likely to do it every day. For example:
• Don't go to the same bike or walking path each time you plan to exercise. Changing things up will keep you wanting to go out and explore the world.
• One way to make sure you go through with your resolution is to create a routine. By setting a specific time to exercise or complete your resolution, you no longer have the excuse of "not having enough time in the day" to stick with it.
• Another way to keep at it is by inviting family members or friends to participate with you. If you have motivation from an outside source or someone else is relying on you, it is more difficult to quit. You can encourage one another and provide the support each needs to reach your goals.
• Knowing the end result is beneficial should be enough to keep you motivated and moving forward. Self-betterment through exercising, practicing the craft you know, or just being nice to other people are all resolutions that will positively improve your life and should be a good enough reason to stick with it.
Even though it may already be February, striving to improve your life now and all year long should be a set standard. There may be bumps along the way, but almost all improvement is worth it in the end. Improvement brings growth to the soul, making life much more enjoyable than when not trying to make it better at all.