Keeping up New Year’s resolutions


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Listed are some of the most common New Year’s Resolutions.

Lots of people start every New Year off with resolutions, in hopes of keeping them throughout the year. Unfortunately, only 19 percent of these people end up maintaining these resolutions into the new year.

Typically, the first week starts off strong, but after that, roughly 77 percent of people no longer keep up with their resolutions. An article published by Sunstone Counseling calculated these statistics and recommended tackling each resolution by itself to maximize the change of one following through.

Some of the most common resolutions include: exercising more, watching your weight and food intake, getting organized, learning a new skill, living life to the fullest, spending more time with family and friends and saving more and/or spending less money.

Rachel Peretz-McAteer, a senior at Stephen Decatur High School, is one of the few who followed through with her New Year’s resolutions. Similar to many other people, her goal was to improve and maintain her health and fitness.

“My resolution last year was to prioritize my health and fitness,” she said. “It became easier to enforce as the year went on because it became a habit to work out. It is now something I enjoy and cannot go a week without going on a run or to the gym.”

Peretz-McAteer said she feels her resolution was about self-improvement and is very proud that she is carrying this new habit with her into the new year.

A study from Forbes magazine found most resolutions are about self improvement. The study also lists the importance of starting the year with resolutions, even if you do not maintain them. Intention, hope and engagement, responsibility and inspiration are some of the main points to start the year with resolutions.

Freshman Brynn Robins set a 2021 goal to start cooking again and more often. She had a childhood love for being in the kitchen, but unfortunately she was losing more time to experiment as school and sports practices began to take up more time.

She started off strong, going into the new year with goals and meals to prepare and share with her family. But Robins became very busy with school work,  studying, and attending practices for three teams each week.

“I loved cooking when I was younger, so I was excited to attempt my goal,” she said. “This year, to help with the chance of succeeding, I set a smaller, more obtainable goal: to make two meals per month for my family. I feel this is a doable goal and I am very excited to begin.”

New Year’s resolutions may have a slim chance of succeeding for the duration of the year, but there is no better way to start a new year than with goals to improve yourself.