A Resolution Primer

Let’s face it, a lot of New Year’s Resolutions deal with health.  In fact, according to USA.gov, five of the twelve most popular resolutions relate directly to improving one’s health. But as much as everyone starts the year with good and healthful intentions, resolutions, especially those related to health, are often the first things to be tossed by the wayside, as indicated in this Time article.

Why can’t we remain true to our resolutions? “Often we bite off more than we can chew, and we make them too vague: This year I’m going to exercise more. It’s harder if we don’t have a way to measure that success. Does that mean I’m going to exercise two hours a day, seven days a week? And is that really likely? Is that really possible?” states Adrianne Brennan, assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center’s School of Medicine. Brennan goes on to suggest that being realistic in our resolutions is the best step toward success. There’s also plenty of help available, such as these tips compiled by the University of Maryland. And of course your local library offers plenty of materials to help make those resolutions stick, such as:

You Are Not Your Brain : The 4-step Solution for Changing bad habits, ending unhealthy thinking, and taking control of your life
by Jeffrey Schwartz.
Basic Nutrition by Lori A. Smolin.
Quit Smoking Today: Without Gaining Weight by Paul McKenna.
Fried: Why You Burn Out and How to Revive by Joan Borysenko.
We Have Met the Enemy: Self Control in an Age of Excess by Daniel Akst.

And of course Howard County Library System has many books and DVDs to help with that old chestnut resolution of exercising. So be realistic, get the help you need, and prove Mark Twain wrong: “New Year’s is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, and friendly calls and humbug resolutions.” OR “New Year’s Day… now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.”