We’re a few days into the new year and we’ve all been trying to keep up with resolutions we made. It can be hard to keep drastic resolutions, but it is important that we try to make at least some improvement every year even if it’s just something small. Here’s a short list of resolution that you can definitely keep this new year:
- Drink more water
This is something many of us struggle with, but drinking water is extremely important for your health. Trying to drink enough water everyday can be challenging but by starting small, you can work towards your goal of drinking water in large quantity per day. You can start by choosing to have water instead of soda or juice. It’s also important to start off your day by drinking a cup of water. Drinking water first thing in the morning (yes, even before your cup of coffee) can be extremely beneficial. By doing this you are re-hydrating your body after not having anything to drink for 5-8 hours. You are also cleaning out your body of toxins and jump starting your metabolism which will allow you to feel fuller for longer.
- Sneak in some exercise into your daily routine
As college students, our schedules are often hectic and it can be hard to schedule in some gym time everyday. However, there are many little things that you can do so that you don’t feel guilty next time you decide to skip the gym. Some of these things include: taking your bike or walking instead of driving, taking the stairs instead of the elevators, and taking the long way to class (if you have time). If you’re looking for some inspiration, check out Blogilates, an YouTuber who uploads 5 minute exercises that will allow you to make the most out of any free time you may have.
- Learn to appreciate the little things in life
Yes, this is a cliche, but it’s also an important life lesson. This last year has been grueling for many of us, which can make it hard to look at all the great things we have going for us. Studies have shown that being grateful can be extremely beneficial on one’s health. A psychology professor from UC Davis claims that “Gratitude research is beginning to suggest that feelings of thankfulness have tremendous positive value in helping people cope with daily problems, especially stress.” Next time you feel overwhelmed, take a moment to appreciate all the good things in your life.
- Be Kinder to yourself
This is a tough one for many of us. It’s human nature to be our own worst critic, but it’s important to give ourselves a little compassion. Start by carving out a little time for yourself everyday. This can be as simple as taking a short walk alone or doing something you love like drawing or reading. Don’t forget to give yourself recognition since we are often quick to acknowledge the accomplishments of others but not so much of our own. It may seem silly, but whenever you do something you’re proud of, you need to take a moment to congratulate yourself. Most importantly, forgive yourself. We’re all human, we all make mistakes, and it can be hard to not blame ourselves for our misfortunes. Stop being angry at yourself and resolve to do better from now on.
- Stop Procrastinating
This is a resolution many of us make every single year, but this is the year to finally stop procrastinating and get things done.There are many things you can do to keep yourself productive. Try and create a reward system such as “If I finish this paper by 5, I can treat myself to some ice cream.” This will allow you to work towards your goal and keep you on task. It can also be helpful to eliminate all distractions such as shutting your phone off or get an app such as SelfControl, which will block distracting websites for a set amount of time while you study.