By Riley Gentry, Features Editor–

Each year, people all over the world make New Year’s resolutions with good intentions of changing a bad behavior or lifestyle choice from previous years.

Personally, I have mixed emotions about this topic, but I can see how they can be both good, bad, and at times, even unrealistic. 

A lot of the time these resolutions are themed around health or exercise goals such as going to the gym 7-days a week, undertaking extreme dietary restrictions (like going vegan) or trying to read 100 books within the year. Whenever someone sets up resolutions to extremes such as these, they are often times forgotten about or abandoned before March of the new year. If resolutions are too general, they are also often dismissed. 

Hearing of goals set to such extremes are why I struggle with the constant trend of resolutions. I just don’t understand why people constantly set such unreachable goals year after year and end up with the same results.  After a few years of personally setting unrealistic goals that did more bad than good, I finally realized that I needed to lower my expectations of my resolutions. I realized that I needed to slow down and understand how toxic setting extreme goals can be to my mental health.

That is why I decided setting small goals that I knew I could accomplish throughout the year was a much better and healthier option for me. I set goals that included objectives like reading one book over the summer, eating less sweets throughout the week, working out two times per week, doing a bible study every Sunday, and volunteering at least 5 times throughout the year. 

I think these are good, reasonable goals that I can accomplish with a little extra work and time. I completely believe that setting good goals that can be realistically accomplished benefits a person far more than setting goals that will never be fulfilled. 

Everyone can benefit from a healthier mental, physical, and spiritual life, and setting goals that can be accomplished without harming a person in any way is the best way to improve these areas. 

Whatever works best for me may not work best for someone else, so it is important to set goals tailored to oneself. Do what’s best for you and remember to set goals that you can achieve without too much strain on your overall health.

Happy New Year, everyone! 

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