It’s the end of the year and once again everyone is making their resolutions. “This year, I’m definitely going to quit smoking, go to the gym 12 times a week, become a millionaire, start a YouTube channel AND give up alcohol and it'll all happen within the first week”. Sound like you? It definitely sounds like me. I try (and fail) to convince myself that this year will be my year. In many ways, every year has been my year but there are always so many curveballs thrown in that I always feel like I’ve failed. That’s why I decided that if I was going to make New Year’s resolutions, they’d have to be…well, achievable. Here are some you can hopefully carry on through 2018.
Call home more.
Whoever is waiting for you at home when you get from university misses you. Give them a ring or send them a message. You never know how much it could brighten their day.
Have one less drink
Let’s face it, everyone’s had that hangover where you swear you’re never touching another drink and then that very night you’re necking shots like you’ve never had liquid. To help keep that hangover at bay, swap out an alcoholic drink for a soft drink every now and then - it’ll save you money and your friends won’t have to carry you home! You could even try a non-alcoholic night and allow me to shamelessly plug another one of my articles in the meantime. You could also put whatever money you would spend on that one drink into a jar and see what you have in it at this time in 2018!
Find a positive in every day
Each day (most days at least) in 2017, I wrote down one good thing that happened to me that day and popped it into a jar ready to open on New Year’s Eve to look back over. It’s a nice way to remember that even when you have a bad day, there’s always the tiniest little thing that could go well - even if it’s popping to the shop for a bar of chocolate or taking your shoes off after a long day on your feet.
Learn to cook something new
Everyone has one or two staples that they can cook with your eyes closed (please keep your eyes open regardless) - why not add another string to your bow? Google a recipe you want to learn and give it a go. Maybe even do a Come Dine With Me style competition with your flatmates!
Discover a new artist every month
I imagine most of you will have some kind of streaming service because you’re all young and not set in your ways like me who still buys CDs (shiny round plastic things? No? Ok). Try listening to a song by an artist you haven’t heard of - you may end up finding your new favourite act!
Sometimes throwing yourself out there can be scary but it can also be super rewarding. Do that thing you’ve been holding back on. Ask that person out. Go to that dance class. Apply for that job. I’m in no way guaranteeing that you’ll get what you want but it’s better to try and fail than never to try.
When you get up in the morning, look in the mirror and smile to yourself. Smiling can send out mood-boosting endorphins and alleviate stress. Small things like that can help in many areas, so it’s worth giving a go.
Make more time for you.
We all have FOMO - the fear of missing out for those who don’t like acronyms. But sometimes, we need to take a day and ignore what our friends are doing on social media and take some time to relax and reflect upon your achievements and goals. Even one day a month of just letting yourself be lazy is a great stress reliever.
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