CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It's almost the end of the year when we'll swarm the TV, watch the ball drop in New York City and wonder what the new year will bring us. After that, it's time to break out the notepads and pencils to make our New Year's resolutions.
New Year's is all about changing yourself, and resolutions are easy to make. Just sit down and think about the things you want to improve about yourself or your life. Then, add those to your list to make 2014 your best year yet!
Here are some suggestions to jump-start your list:
Work towards your dreams
High school is a perfect time to work towards your goals, and if you don't have any at the moment, New Year's is the perfect time to make some. Write out all the things you'd like to do, and then try and work on those throughout the year. For instance, if you want to learn to dance, look into lessons with local dance companies.
Change your eating habits
Teens typically are not healthy eaters. If you have poor eating habits, make small changes to start. Swap out those chips after school with some carrots or celery once a week, or look for scrumptious healthy alternatives to your normal snacks. If you want something salty and crunchy, try whole wheat goldfish instead of chips; they're just as tasty but much healthier.
Overcome your social anxiety
Did you know that about 15 million Americans suffer from social anxiety and that the onset age is typically 13 years old? While social anxiety disorder can be a serious condition that sometimes requires counseling and medication, if you have mild social anxiety, a great resolution would be to do things to try to overcome it.
An easy way to do this is to join a sport or club that intrigues you, so you can meet and make conversation with people who have similar interests. Most schools have clubs and other activities going on all school year long.
Save your money
Teens always need money, whether it's for school activities or just hanging out with friends. In the new year, why not pledge to do a better job managing yours? Save your change when you get it, and spare some cash by downsizing that extra-large shake at McDonalds. If you're 16 or older, you can even get a job if you want.
Improve your grades
Good grades are important in high school. Set aside time every night to do homework and study. If you are struggling, ask for help at school or home; there are tutors online and at school.