Jan. 17 is 'Ditch Your New Year's Resolution Day'

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- Did you make a New Year's Resolution to lose weight, get organized or start saving money in 2016? 

Well, you can technically stop all efforts now because Sunday, Jan. 17 is apparently "Ditch Your New Year's Resolution Day."

According to a report from Statistic Brain, only eight percent of people actually keep their resolutions and are successful in achieving them.

So in honor of the special day -- here are some tips to sticking to your resolutions, according to the American Psychological Association (APA):

-Start small. Make resolutions that you can keep!

-Change one thing at a time. "Don’t get overwhelmed and think that you have to reassess everything in your life. Instead, work toward changing one thing at a time," the APA states.

-Talk about it. Share your struggles and triumphs with friends and family. Join a support group or online community.

-Don't be so hard on yourself. "Remember that minor missteps when reaching your goals are completely normal and OK," APA says. "Don’t give up completely because you ate a brownie and broke your diet, or skipped the gym for a week because you were busy."

-Get support from others. "Accepting help from those who care about you and will listen strengthens your resilience and ability to manage stress caused by your resolution," APA says.

Have you fallen back into your old habits or are you still going strong?

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