New year, new...you? Find out which New Year's resolutions are worth making - and keeping.
For many people, a new year usually means a new year’s resolution – but with 80% of resolutions failing by the second week of February, keeping them is easier said than done.
So as a student, how can you make sure you start – and end – your year on a good note? Fortunately for you, we’ve got eight easy new year’s resolutions to see you through 2018:
1. Get fit. Get started with an action plan. Print out a monthly planner and fill it in each time you’ve exercised, and place it somewhere prominent to remind you to use it. Using visual aids is a great way to keep you motivated!
2. Learn a new skill. With 15% of resolutions consisting of learning a new skill or hobby, make sure you align your resolution with your reward. For example, if you’re learning a new language, reward yourself by visiting the country of the language you’re learning.
3. Save more money. Finance: every student’s dream/nightmare topic! When setting out your resolution, make it specific. Perhaps there’s a particular activity you want to save up for, so list the exact amount so you know what you’re aiming for.
4. Spend more time connecting with friends and family. Being at university, getting a work/life balance can be tricky – especially when you’re trying to have a life outside of university. Heard of ‘walking and talking therapy’? Next time you go for a walk, use this as the perfect opportunity to fit in some exercise while catching up with your loved ones over the phone.
5. Eat healthily. Cooking for one can be quite a lonely experience, so grab a friend and take it in turns to cook healthily for one another.
6. Drinking less alcohol. Did you know that approximately 5 million Brits took part in ‘Dry January’ in 2017? With benefits including saving money and losing weight, this resolution is a real 2-for-1!
7. Giving up a bad habit. Do you spend too much time on social media? Maybe you want to quit procrastinating? Instead of drastically cutting these activities out of your life, make a few small changes – gradually weaning yourself off the habit to the point where you’ve completely eradicated it.
8. Finish that personal project. Did you start writing a novel only to abandon it? Find yourself an accountability partner to help you stay on track with your goal, and to remind you to keep at your project until it’s completed.
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