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As St. Clair County citizens take down the Christmas décor from previous weeks and jump whole-heartedly into a fresh new year, many consider the changes they will make during 2014. That’s where the infamous New Year’s resolutions come into play.

For some, the new year will mean dieting in order to shed those extra holiday pounds, and others will resolve to break bad habits.  Others still may not make any resolutions because they don’t know where to begin. Wherever you fall on that list, the St. Clair News-Aegis wants to help you make the most of your New Year’s resolutions.

If you haven’t resolved to make any changes this year because you don’t know where to begin, here are some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions made by people across the country. According to USA.gov the ever-popular trend of weight loss is at the top of most resolution lists in 2014.  Also included were continuing education as well as debt and stress management. 

Health magazine also provided some of the top New Year’s resolutions for staying healthy. Believe it or not, staying in touch with friends topped Health Magazine’s list at number 3. According to the magazine it is good for your health to reconnect with old friends. Also making the list was volunteer work.  According to Health magazine, happiness increases our health, and our happiness increases when we help others.

 For some of you, making a New Year’s resolution is the easy part, and seeing it through is the problem. Though everyone’s resolutions are going to be diverse with different challenges, here are a few pointers for sticking with resolutions throughout 2014:

·     Try to remember why you made the resolution in the first place. It is a change that you wanted to make. This change stemmed from something that was bugging you in 2013, and you decided it was time to fix the issue in 2014.

·     Focus on one resolution at a time. We’re only human and too many changes at one time can be a bad thing. Master one resolution, and then start thinking about other changes. 2015 is just around the corner waiting for other resolutions that you come up with.

·     Find an accountability partner. Whether it is someone who is working to meet the same goals as you or just someone who is ready to see you succeed, a supportive friend makes change a whole lot easier.

·     One of the most important things to remember as you take on your resolutions this year is to never beat yourself up for minor slips. You are allowed to mess up from time to time. Don’t let that ruin everything. Jump back on board and try harder.

Perhaps the most important thing that you will do regarding your resolutions this year is rewarding yourself for the progress you make.  We’re only 9 days into 2014, and you have 356 more to succeed. So get started and don’t forget to congratulate yourself for every milestone you reach with this year’s resolutions. 

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