By: Allie Jehle

With the new year now here, many people are deciding what their resolution will be or whether they’re going to make one or not. People make New Year’s resolutions for many reasons; maybe because they want to set a goal for the year, or because they feel they will benefit from change, however only a select few keep up with them.

Sydney Trendell, a 24-year-old Masters of Science in Forensic Psychology candidate at Saint Mary’s University, says she generally makes her own goals throughout the year and tries to stick with them. “I think our generation gets a big hit for not being goal driven or never being satisfied with things,” she said. “If you’re never satisfied with things, you’re constantly making goals to change, and therefore you would probably be more inclined to make a New Year’s resolution.”

Trendell has been focused on one big goal in particular since October 2016. “My New Year’s resolution was to make a self-care plan that was fit to me, that worked for me, and that I would enjoy,” she said, because of her personal struggles with mental health. One of the main things she did was try to change her mindset. Her mother got her an anxiety journal for Christmas that had quotes for managing anxiety.

“Every day for the last 365 days, I have written one good thing about my day every day,” said Trendell. “Some days I would write like a paragraph ‘cause my day was awesome, and some days my day sucked, but I still was like, ‘no you have to write something positive about today,’ and so on some days like that it’s quite literally, ‘ah dinner tasted good today and I was in a rush so I didn’t expect it to.’”

A fifth-year management student from Dalhousie University, Haley Carter, gave up chocolate in grade ten and hasn’t eaten chocolate since. “It’s difficult, especially when you go to Christmas parties or potlucks because people usually bring desserts with chocolate,” she said.

Carter had a lot of cravings at the beginning but managed by substituting tea instead of hot chocolate or yogurt covered pretzels instead of a chocolate bar. Since abandoning the sweet treat, Carter has lost weight and gotten into shape. “[New Year’s resolutions] are always worth it to make, even if it’s a little goal for yourself to go for a walk every day or to start trying new things,” said Carter.

Carter believes that making resolutions gives people something to look forward to and better themselves with. She recommends for those making resolutions this year to, “keep trying even if it’s hard, because you’re doing it for yourself, you’re not doing it for other people.”

Trendell and Carter are both planning to continue their resolutions into the new year. Trendell said that people need to make resolutions that they feel are realistic to them, instead of pressuring themselves and getting frustrated and giving up. “Being able to realize that doing your best is enough should be seen as successful in achieving your New Year’s resolution.”

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