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My New Year's Resolutions

21 DECEMBER 2018 - SARAH - STUDENT LIFE

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I’m not really a huge one for New Year’s resolutions, but since September, I’ve been making some positive changes to improve the way I’m living. You don’t have to wait until the New Year to make your changes, but it’s a good place to start. And with everyone else making their changes too, you’ll have a lot of motivation from them as well! Take a look at mine if you want some ideas.

Take more breaks

I can’t count the amount of people who have told me to take a break recently. Balancing assignments, social sports, societies, and work means that my days get pretty full. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy them, but it might be a good idea to start setting aside times to do things for myself. Whether that’s taking a walk, watching a film, or painting my nails, it’s a chance to relax and take a breather.

Read more

I used to read so much, but I seem to have lost the love for it recently. Now, I have a huge pile of books that I need to get through. So one of the things that I can do to take time to myself is start reading those books. Even just a chapter before I go to bed rather than scrolling through Instagram is going to do a lot for me (and my sleep!).

Start saving money

I started this in September, but I haven’t been doing a great job of it. I’m trying to save for a car (a good one when I graduate), but it’s been difficult to do. So over the holidays, I’m going to come up with a better plan to save money regularly, and hopefully in a year and a half, I’ll have my car.

Improve my concentration

We all know this one. You sit in your lecture, and about half an hour in, you’re completely lost in a daydream. I’m not saying my lectures are boring (they’re the opposite), but I have a terribly short attention span. So somehow (I’m yet to find out how) I’m going to concentrate much better during my lectures. I’m excited to see how!

Look for the positives first

It’s always easy to look at the negatives in everything. Someone asked me this week “how’s your week going?” and I was very quick to tell them everything that was going wrong. They then asked me, “now tell me everything that’s gone well this week?” and it made me think that I can probably improve my mood a lot more if I start looking more positively at things.

Whether you choose one resolution or 10, it’ll be exciting to see how long you stick to them. You might find that you make a huge life change that sticks for the rest of your life, or you might try something and it’s not really your thing. That’s OK, you can still make changes at any time of year.

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