My New Year’s Resolutions

The importance of making healthy New Year's Resolutions that are achievable.

Imogen Clarke
13th December 2021
Image from Unsplash Tim Mossholder

New Year’s resolutions are something many of us make (whilst drunk on December 31st), but few of us stick to. So, in the face of this conundrum, I have decided to make a list of my own resolutions, that readers can also steal. I think the best way to do resolutions is to make them realistic, and not too difficult! Little changes we can make to our everyday lives and wellbeing are a good start. After all, resolutions are all about self-improvement - so be a little selfish when you make them. I’m making quite a few here, to give some examples, but I think two or three are enough. And keep them to yourself- that way if you break, or forget to follow one of them, you don’t have to own up to anyone! Remember, resolutions are a personal endeavour.

Self-care, in the form of doing things alone, is something everyone should endeavour to do more of.

Talking of putting yourself first, don’t make your resolutions about others. Things like 'this year I will get a boyfriend (or girlfriend)', or, 'I will make more friends' are both lovely ideas, but if you work on yourself, things like that come second. Equally, ‘this year I will get a first at university’ is okay, but it puts you under a lot of pressure. So, maybe, ‘this year I will put more effort, and interest in my studies’ is a better, more enjoyable, resolution.

So, my first resolution is to care less about what other people think. And, as an add on to that, realise that things really aren’t that “deep”. In the grand scheme of life, that 2:1 instead of a first in an essay won’t affect you. And, that person you think might hate you doesn’t actually have a strong opinion on you at all. Everyone else is focussed on their own lives and problems, so you should do the same.

My second resolution idea is to make your physical health a priority. I don’t mean in an excessive, gym five-times-a-week way, but to take up some form of exercise you enjoy. Personally, I have a uni gym membership, but mainly I take advantage of the classes and badminton. So, try something new- from Pilates to spin class! This, in turn, will improve your mental health, relationship with food, and comfort in your own skin.

Another important resolution is to make time for yourself. At university, especially after the pandemic, we often feel like we have to say yes to every social event. Whilst I do encourage taking advantage of every opportunity, it’s also important to say no sometimes. Self-care, in the form of doing things alone, is something everyone should endeavour to do more of. Take yourself out for a coffee, a meal, or to the cinema. Who cares if no one wants to do the thing you want to do - do it alone! Explore some independent places, or go charity shopping! Making time to do things independently improves your confidence no end.

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