Resolutions You Can Stick To!
It’s easy to get caught up in the New Year’s resolution trend. The majority of people make resolutions to lose weight or earn more money in the next year. While bettering ourselves is great, it’s important to think about new goals in a healthy and productive way.
Setting small, attainable goals throughout the year, instead of a singular, overwhelming goal on January 1 can help you reach whatever it is you strive for. Remember, it is not the extent of the change that matters, but rather the act of recognizing that lifestyle change is important and working toward it, one step at a time.
~ Lynn Bufka, Ph.D., American Psychological Association
Here are some New Year’s resolutions to stick to this year, and some strategies for how to make sure 2017 is the best year yet!
- Add healthier foods to your overall diet. Instead of unhealthy yo-yo dieting and focusing on the number on a scale, just make an effort to include healthy options to an overall meal plan. By bringing the focus to nutrition, the attention is on health rather than appearance. Visit Nutrition Services for information on free nutrition counseling.
- Make better financial decisions. Money is a stressor for most people. This year focus on how to eliminate excess spending and focus on a saving’s plan. Making monthly budgets and separating wants from needs are good places to start. (See Must Follow Money Tips for College Students for more money tips.)
- Be your best self. Happiness promotes self-growth. Explore the different ways to find happiness this year. That might include trying new hobbies, de-cluttering a workspace, improving sleep habits or just smiling more! Visit the Counseling and Testing Center for information on free counseling services on campus.
- Establish a good habit. It might be beneficial to establish a good habit, rather than focusing on eliminating a bad habit. Some habits to add to a routine might include eating breakfast daily, meditating more frequently, reading new books, trying a new exercise routine or learning how to cook. Visit the Mind-Body Clinic to learn about free, individual meditation classes on campus.