New Year’s Resolutions

16 Dec

At the beginning of each year, many of us make grand resolutions to better ourselves, and many of us fall short. The reason many of us weasel out of our resolutions, is because we over exert ourselves in the first few days and lack the dedication to continue throughout the year. The best way to ensure success, is to start small and build up to the larger routines over the course of a month-which is the recommended time for a habit to be formed. Here are some of the most common resolutions and how to stick with them.

1. Losing Weight – Don’t Stuff Yourself

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If losing weight is your resolution, the first tip is to not stuff yourself on the days leading up to the 1st. Most people like to get all their bad habits out of their system by overindulging and then going cold turkey, but this doesn’t give your body time to adjust. For the best results, try to cut back a little at a time before January 1st.

2. Exercising More – Don’t Overexert Yourself

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For those of us that are not used to exercising on a regular basis, it’s important to start of slow and ease into the more advanced workouts. The first session should be used to find your limits and go at a pace that feels challenging but not impossible to maintain. It is best to get involved in group workouts like classes at a gym, or doing activities with a partner like going for a run. Having someone there when you workout keeps you accountable and will help you be more successful in the long run. There are also 30 day workouts that can be done at home if you can’t make it to the gym on a regular basis. Find something that works for you and stick with it for the first 30 days and then build from there.

3. Learn Something New – Fight the Boredom

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In college we are all constantly forced to learn something new for a quiz, exam, paper, or presentation, but sometimes it’s nice to learn something for ourselves – such as learning to sew, cook, or make art. Learning a practical or stress relieving skill is a very good decision to make while in college. Before choosing a hobby, try out a few options to see what you’re most interested in. After picking something to learn, set mini-milestones for yourself to ensure your progress throughout the first month and then throughout the year.

4. Be More Organized – Make a Plan and Stick With it

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Getting organized pertains to all areas of your life, from your closet and desk to computer files and daily routine. Adding order to your life before the start of the spring semester is a great goal to set, but hard to maintain the whole way through. It is important to start early and to diligently stick with your organizational system through the first month. Try using an agenda or a scheduling program on your computer or phone to keep yourself on track with assignments and classes. Evaluating yourself every week can also lead to better organization- if the week was hectic and you got off track, re-organize and start over. Don’t give up – keep working at it.

5. Spend Less – Don’t Be Like Fry

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Saving money can be extremely difficult as a college student. Every little purchase adds up over time. For those who live on campus, eating every meal at the Union can not only be tiring, but also pricey. Try stocking up on foods that can be prepared in your dorm room or in the common kitchen such as soups, sandwiches, cereal, mac n’ cheese, or other small meals. Eating in your dorm at least once a day can save hundreds in the long run. It can also be difficult to say no when your friends ask you to go out to dinner or the mall, but try to find less expensive things to do like staying in and having a movie night or going bowling.

-Erika

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