Constructive or Destructive?: New Year’s Resolutions

The clock strikes midnight and the new year starts, bringing a fresh beginning for many. After two weeks of winter break, it’s time to get back to our normal routines. 

The new year brings pressure to revamp your lifestyle and create resolutions that are not always attainable.

 Resolutions are a great way to make you feel like you are bettering yourself, but are they are successful and effective?

I talked to sophomore Emily Robinson about the subject, and she shared her opinion.

“Every year I always make one, but I feel like it’s hard to stick to them,” Robinson said. 

As the year progresses, Robinson said her habits change. 

“I feel like they are useful for the first week or so because I always stick to my New Year’s resolution for the first week and then I forget about it,” Robinson said. 

Robinson also said that sharing your goals helps them become successful. 

“Sometimes telling people your goal helps you stick to it because they can keep you in check,” Robinson said. 

Resolutions like “I’m going to go to the gym more,” “I’m going to eat healthier,” or “I’m going to be more organized,” are not very achievable because wanting to drastically change your lifestyle should come in steps. 

However, the rewarding feeling after completing a personal goal is lifting, giving you a sense of accomplishment. 

Creating measurable and meaningful goals is much more effective than long-term goals because it takes time to see tangible results. 

Short-term goals can help you build a routine without feeling stressed. 

Additionally, a goal that is hard to accomplish and will most likely be given up on at the beginning of the year isn’t going to improve your life.

January 1st shouldn’t be the only excuse to create resolutions or goals. Instead, they should be encouraged more throughout the year.