This year, in particular, I put a lot of emphasis on my resolutions. Being in my third year of university, I saw this as an opportunity to really work on myself as I moved towards graduation and entering adult life. Some of my resolutions included going to the gym and eating healthier, as well as things like practising meditation. However, as all students can attest, the post-Christmas deadlines took up a significant chunk of my time in January, leaving little room to fit in these resolutions. On top of this, I also struggled to find the motivation to work on my resolutions, especially when my regular routine was so effortless in comparison.
As a result, when I reached the end of this month, I had made nary a dent in my list of resolutions. I felt defeated and frustrated with myself at the lack of progress I’d made, feeling as though I had wasted a whole month of this new year. I’m sure there are those reading who can relate to this as we move into February, but I’d like to reassure you that these resolutions are a journey. I ask you to look back at this past month and think about what you have accomplished outside of these goals; for me, I didn’t manage to go to the gym regularly, but I did plan out my dissertation and finish my Semester one modules. It is important to remind ourselves that this is only the beginning of the year and there is still plenty of time to work on our goals. At the end of the day, there’s a reason we don’t call them January resolutions, so here’s looking forward to the rest of 2022.
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