Scot Scoop News

New year, same you

According+to+a+statistic+on+the+Huffington+Post%2C+%22a+full+40+percent+of+Americans+make+New+Year%27s+resolutions.%22+
According to a statistic on the Huffington Post,

According to a statistic on the Huffington Post, "a full 40 percent of Americans make New Year's resolutions."

Kathryn Stratz

Kathryn Stratz

According to a statistic on the Huffington Post, "a full 40 percent of Americans make New Year's resolutions."

Kathryn Stratz, Staff Writer

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






As 2017 came to a close, the New Year’s resolutions began. Lists pinned on walls, taped on doors, written on bathroom mirrors; the attainment of a new lifestyle that today’s society pushes on people begins.

It’s utterly unrealistic.

Let’s break it down. How do average people with busy schedules expect to make time to lose 30 pounds, become a pescetarian, relax more, cut out caffeine, and become a master yogi all beginning on Jan. 1?

Most Americans have little time to breathe, yet society has set a standard to create new habits each year. Society has also set a standard for people to fail.

According to the Huffington Post, only 8 percent of resolution-makers are able to stick to them.

Clearly, as a society, we are not setting ourselves up for success.

Resolutions are too rigid to be realistic. I won’t do this; I will do that. In order to be effective, lifestyle changes need to be gradual.

According to Psychology Today, “Another disadvantage of resolutions is that they typically have a clear start date, like Jan. 1, which tricks your brain into thinking that they have an end date, too. A reset, on the other hand, is about creating healthy habits for the long term.”

Focus on the present. What’s the one thing you can do today, right now, towards your goal? Also, be mindful. Become physically, emotionally and mentally aware of your inner state as each external event happens.”

— Psychology Today

Instead of convincing yourself that your ideal goals are realistic for Jan. 1, start small — take baby steps. Instead of committing to exercising seven days a week, start with one or two.

Keep in mind, any amount of change is difficult. Maintain a positive outlook, and you’ll be on track to achieving those realistic goals.

Things that help to stay on track include, “…focus on the present. What’s the one thing you can do today, right now, towards your goal? Also, be mindful. Become physically, emotionally, and mentally aware of your inner state as each external event happens, moment by moment, rather than living in the past or future,” (Psychology Today).

Forming habits will also take time, practice, and repetition.

Psychology Today states that “One must make the new action easy to do for at least the first week. Because one is trying to establish a conditioned response, they need to practice the new habit from the existing stimulus from three to seven times before it will ‘stick’ on its own.”

As 2018 kicks off, set goals, but be kind to yourself and give it time.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
(Visited 5 times today)

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






About the Contributor
Kathryn Stratz, Staff Writer
Kathryn is a senior during the 2018 to 2019 school year and is the Highlander Managing Editor and a Scot Scoop writer. She is the last first place holder of the 2017 Diversity Series Pacemaker. She loves participating in Carlmont’s cheer program, cheeseburgers, and country music. Twitter: @kastratz (Visited 15 times today)
Leave a Comment

We invite comments and responses to our content. Comments will be published that are deemed appropriate and relevant.

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • New year, same you

    Opinion

    Election Day should be a national holiday

  • New year, same you

    Opinion

    9/11 cannot be forgotten

  • New year, same you

    Opinion

    You still aren’t special: reflections from a senior

  • New year, same you

    Opinion

    Adulthood comes with maturity rather than age

  • New year, same you

    Opinion

    Students should consider community college

  • New year, same you

    Opinion

    NFL players have every right to protest during the anthem

  • New year, same you

    Opinion

    Colleges are more than what they seem online

  • New year, same you

    Opinion

    School vouchers ignore the existing issues of public education

  • New year, same you

    Opinion

    Siblings are not overrated

  • New year, same you

    Opinion

    The intent of prom is lost amid excessive norms

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






The student news site of Carlmont High School in Belmont, California.
New year, same you