As 2023 approaches, many of us have begun to make New Year’s resolutions. However, research shows as many as 80% of us will fail to achieve those goals.
Why is achieving your New Year’s resolution so hard? According to an Economic times article, resolutions often fail because of unrealistic goals, a lack of accountability, not tracking your goals, not planning, self-doubt, or not knowing the “why” behind their resolution.
To prevent that failure, Jen A. Miller of the New York Times recommends having goals that are smart (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound), creating a plan, finding community, and remembering that it’s okay to start over.
If your resolution is to improve your mental, physical, or emotional health, YDL has resources available to help you reach your goals. You can do it!
Taking care of your mental health:
Mental health has become an increasingly popular New Year’s resolution. In fact, according to a Forbes and OnePoll poll, 50% of Gen Z are making it a priority to improve their mental health next year.
YDL is here to help you achieve your mental health goals with these events and resources:
- Want to find a new hobby, or expand upon your current knowledge? If you like cooking, check out the Food America database. Want to get creative? Visit the Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center database. want to get crafting? Visit our Creativebug database.
- Socialize at our amazing clubs for all ages and interests. Kids can join our Children and Family Painting Club, Kids Chess Club, or Love of Learning Club. The Anime Club and the Teen Advisory Group are perfect for teens. Adults can join a book club or do some yarn work at Knitting Plus.
- Or, check out these amazing events! Find Sensory Stations and Domino Toppling Meetups for kids, Charcoal Drawing and Hydro Dipped Mug-making for teens, and Instant Pot and Air Fryer cooking with Mary Spencer for aspiring chefs.
Taking care of your physical health:
Improving one’s physical health is a popular resolution every year. In fact, a survey of 2021 New Year’s resolutions by YouGov revealed that 50% of respondents wanted to improve their physical fitness.
Improving your physical fitness should be done in a safe and healthy way. If you’re interested in improving your health in a holistic way, YDL can help:
- Stay warm inside while getting in a workout with fitness instructor Jerry Powell at LNGO Fitness.
- If your little ones need to get moving, they can come to a Preschool Movement Class or Yoga Storytime!
- For kids, attend PandaFit on February 4. We’ll find fun, indoor games to play to keep you active when the weather keeps you inside.
- Check out our Library of Things fitness equipment.
Taking care of your financial health:
The same poll from YouGov America shows that saving money was a 2021 resolution for 44% of Americans.
Here are some events and resources to help you achieve your financial goals in 2023.
- If you hope to start off the new year with a new job, visit our Job Seekers interest page. Find resume and cover letter help, job listing sites, and more! You can also check out our Job Center at YDL-Whittaker to find job postings.
- Looking to make a big purchase? Use the Consumer Reports database to find product evaluations and ratings so you can make the right choice.
- Tax season is upon us, but have no fear. Starting Feb. 1, AARP will be available Tuesdays and
Wednesdays at the Michigan Branch and Thursdays at the Whittaker Branch to help seniors and low income residents with filing their taxes.
- Interested in starting a small business, or want to grow your existing venture? Attend our Small Business Savvy events to learn how to improve your business. Topics range from marketing plans to obtaining loans to using Canva.