‘Resolutions can really stress people out’: Incorporate small, positive changes instead of aiming for a big change

It’s that time of year when people are starting to work on their New Year’s resolutions.

It’s that time of year when people are starting to work on their New Year’s resolutions.

One author warns that resolutions might be putting too much pressure on people, especially at a time when we’re already stressed out.

This year, 2021, has just begun. And after last year, it’s not surprising that some people have high hopes this year.

“I think every year is like, always a year to try to better yourself in whatever way it may be whether it be physically or mentally,” AJ from Los Angeles, California said.

Parenting expert and author Sue Groner said when it comes to New Year’s resolutions, less might be more this year.

“Resolutions can really stress people out,” Groner said.

Groner said setting a bunch of major goals can be a recipe for failure. Not just for yourself, but for your loved ones too. Instead, Groner suggests incorporating small, positive changes into your life.

Between 1/3 and 1/2 of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, according to the PEW Research Center. The most common are financial, like saving money or paying down debt. That’s followed by eating healthier, exercising more and losing weight.

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You can watch Kimberly Gill weekdays anchoring Local 4 News at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. and streaming live at 10 p.m. on Local 4+. She's an award-winning journalist who finally called Detroit home in 2014. Kim has won Regional Emmy Awards, and was part of the team that won the National Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Newscast in 2022.

Kayla is a Web Producer for ClickOnDetroit. Before she joined the team in 2018 she worked at WILX in Lansing as a digital producer.