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5 Unique New Year’s Resolutions

1. Watch your sodium

One popular New Year Resolution is to start eating healthier, but often times most people equate “healthy” with fruit, fewer calories and less fat. People focus on these things and then forget about a hidden evil: sodium. The American Heart Association suggests that the average adult should consume no more than 2300 mg of sodium per day. That might seem like a lot right now, but it’s very easy to go over that especially when you live on a college diet. For example, one packet of ramen noodles has roughly 1600 mg of sodium and that’s just one meal!

2. Read a book from a different genre

Let’s be honest, we all have a list of books we need to read. This year, instead of reaching for a book in the genre you normally read, look for something different. For instance, if you are a sci-fi fan, try a romance novel or vice versa. If you need suggestions, check out Goodreads. Who knows? You may find your new favorite book or totally change your choice in genres.


3. Do something old, but with a new twist

We all want to try new things and the start of a new year is a great excuse for that. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that old things are bad. This year, try to do something you normally would do with a new spin on it. The spin or twist can be as small or as large as you want it to be. For instance, if you always go to the same restaurant, try ordering something different! Or, you could study in a different place in the library than where you normally study. Doing something old while also doing something new may just help you to expand your horizons.

4. Delete one app you don’t need off your phone

We all have those apps that we keep just in case we need them for whatever reason, but we never use them and may even know that we probably never will. Delete it; cleanse your phone of it. Why keep something that you won’t use? You’ll have more space on your phone and can use said space more effectively for things like other more useful apps, photos, or videos.

5. Step outside your fashion comfort zone

Do you have a jacket or boot or shirt that you’ve always wanted to get, but somehow have always talked yourself out of getting it with thoughts like “maybe I’ll come back when it’s on sale” or “I don’t know if I can pull this off”? Chances are you can rock it, so get it!! It doesn’t have to be a major purchase; it could be as small as a new shade of lipstick or as large as a new winter coat–Just something different and new to help ring in the new year.

Emily Bordelon is a biotechnology major and a member of the class of 2020 at James Madison University. She enjoys hanging out with friends and family, hiking in the Shenandoah Valley, watching Netflix, and exploring new places. 
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