You might be wondering why we’re only now talking about New Year’s resolutions, when most people set a New Year’s resolution on 1st January. The problem with that though is January is a tough month; it’s cold, dark, and you can feel fed up because the holidays are over and it’s back to the grind. With all that in mind, a lot of people lose motivation and give up on their resolutions within a few weeks of the New Year. But now that Christmas is a distant memory, the nights are getting lighter and people are getting back to normal, it’s the perfect time to take action and make a change for 2019. Below are just some of the resolutions you can make this year:
1. Get fit
Whether it’s going for a run, playing football or doing yoga, any exercise is a great way to improve your physical fitness as well as clearing your mind. When you exercise, endorphins are released which create a positive feeling, which in turn helps to reduce stress, boost your self-esteem and improve sleep. Why not exercise with a friend? It’ll make it more enjoyable and you’ll help keep each other motivated.
2. Eat healthily
It can be too easy as a student to reach for the cheap and convenient junk foods and takeaways, but this isn’t the healthiest option. The thought of cooking healthy meals might scare you, but you can find many quick and easy recipes online to help get you started. Using fresh ingredients and plenty of vegetables and food rich in nutrients, you’ll feel much better cooking and eating your own fresh meals; it could even save you a few pounds!
3. Look after yourself
Student life can be tiring, trying to juggle lectures, tutorials, assignments and exams, whilst still enjoying a social life! With such a busy schedule, it’s important to give yourself a break and enjoy some ‘me’ time and escape reality; read a book, watch a film, take a walk, do whatever relaxes you and makes you happy. You should also make sure to get enough sleep; a good night sleep will help you wake up feeling energised and ready to take on the day.
4. Plan ahead
Getting organised can be hard, but it’s essential for students – especially during exam season! A great way to start is with a diary or utilise the one on your smart phone, this way you’ll always know about upcoming deadlines, exam dates and social events. Plan out times for studying and times for taking a break. If you’re organised you’re less likely to procrastinate and that ever-growing list of to-dos will stay under control.
The desire to blow your student loan in the first few weeks on things you don’t really need is tempting, but is it really worth it when you’re then surviving on 50p noodles for the rest of the term? To avoid such situations, it’s a good idea to set yourself a budget. Make a list of any essential things you need to pay for such as food, travel and mobile phone bill, and how much you will need. Once you’ve budgeted for all necessary things, any spare money can go towards socialising, clothes etc. You may even wish to get a part time job for a bit of extra money.
6. Try something new
Looking to try something new this year? Universities always offer a large amount of extracurricular activities. Joining a society or signing up for an activity is a great way to discover a new hobby and learn something new and will also keep you occupied when you’re not studying or at lectures. It’s also a great way to meet new people outside of your regular classes or flat mates.
7. Explore your city
Whether you’re a first year or final year student, how well do you really know the city you’re living and studying in? If you’ve not yet had chance, now is a great opportunity to be a tourist in the city. Keep an eye out for local events taking place, take trips to nearby attractions, discover beaches or parks and try out hidden bars and unique restaurants. This will make your experience living away from home so much more enjoyable.
Remember, no matter what your resolution is, things take time and through gradual changes you can achieve your goals. The most important thing is trying and seeing what works well for you.