Once the New Year rolls around, “new year, new me” talk is everywhere, with promises to go to the gym and stick to the latest dieting fad. But many of these resolutions don’t last. Breaking old habits can be hard and, before we know it, we’ve fallen back into all of our old habits.
This year, make resolutions that you’ll want to keep and resolutions that will help you become a better you. Even though we’re halfway into the first month of the year, there’s still plenty of time to make improvements–so what are you waiting for?!
Keep promises to yourself
We often try our best to keep our promises to our friends and family–a promise to meet for coffee, watch their dog, or clean the kitchen–but we forget to keep promises to ourselves. These can be big promises, like going to the gym three times a week, or they can be small promises, like promising ourselves that we will get eight hours of sleep a night or take an hour before bed to relax.
No matter the size, make it a goal this year to learn how to keep promises for yourself. You can’t be a good friend until you’re a good friend to yourself.
Sometimes, we are our own hardest critics. Whether it’s failing an exam or breaking a promise to yourself, it’s okay to make mistakes every now and again. Everyone makes them!
If you’ve made a mistake, it’s normal and acceptable to feel angry or upset, but try not to dwell on it. Remind yourself that no one is perfect and that the only way to fully move on from your errors is to forgive yourself for making them.
Be more body positive
People, especially women, put a lot of emphasis on how they look. This can become especially difficult during the new year, when everyone is declaring their plans to lose 30 pounds and go to the gym twice a day. When everyone else seems so dissatisfied with their own bodies, it can be hard not to feel the same way about yours.
This year, be kinder to your body. You should exercise and eat well because you love and respect your body, not because you hate it or want it to change.
Do one thing a day just for you
We are busy people. Between college classes, jobs, extracurriculars, family, and friends, we sometimes forget to even eat or shower. Being constantly on the go can be overwhelming and downright exhausting and it can play a huge role in our ability to perform well at work or make rational decisions.
Try to take the time to do one small thing a day just for you. It doesn’t have to be big, something as simple as taking five minutes at the end of the day to collect your thoughts before bed or doing deep breathing exercises when you wake up in the morning can help you feel more collected and prepared for the day.
Celebrate your own successes
When you do well on an exam or receive a positive review at work, make sure to recognize and celebrate your success. We tend to ignore our own accomplishments by telling ourselves that it wasn’t a big deal or that anyone could have done it.
Lose that mindset and learn how to celebrate all of your successes, whether they’re big or small. Everything you do is worthy of a pat on the back.