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New Year, New You! Things to Leave in 2021

Say it with me now: 2022 will be YOUR year. While the past couple years have been… exhausting to say the least, it allows for an ideal time to reinvent yourself if desired. However in order to do this, you need to leave anything weighing you down in 2021. I compiled some suggestions that can stay in the year of uncertainty. New Year, new you!

Not incorporating daily self-care.

Self care is important, and not just during exam season. In 2022, spending 15 minutes a day on a new self care hobby, whether it’s meditating, reading, practicing yoga, or anything else that sparks your interest!

Your looooong to-do list.

It feels nice seeing productivity by checking off your list, but it can cause more harm than good. Things pile up in university, and with a to-do list, the looming tasks can bring a sense of permanent unease – and potentially guilt – when you’re trying to relax. If you can’t imagine letting go of your beloved lists, try implementing some stress-busters into your list. It feels good checking things off, even if it’s just a pre-arranged nap!

Doom scrolling.

Although it feels great to be on top of the daily news, have you ever felt on edge after taking a deep dive into world events? If we jump back in time to March 2020, you likely experienced doomscrolling symptoms while trying to keep afloat with COVID-19 news releases. Doomscrolling can induce anxiety and depression-like symptoms, but don’t delete every news source just yet. It is important to understand worldwide events, but stick with reading a couple articles worth of content.

That Tinder/Hinge/Bumble link.

I get it, online dating can be HARD. Sometimes it feels easiest just to stick to a casual fling, even if you know it’s not the ideal circumstance for you. However, if you feel that your connection is not best for you, it’s time to call it off. You don’t deserve to be disappointed or stood up over and over again, so why should you? As a plus, there has been leaps and bounds in the sex toy industry.

(Excess) caffeine

Finals season can involve a LOT of coffee and energy drinks. While it’s not required to go cold turkey from your favourite beverage, it’s important to understand that your caffeine intake might have changed over the past month, and to recognize that maybe nine cups of coffee a day may be unnecessary.

Have any other suggestions? Be sure to reach out to us on any of our socials!

Savannah is currently in her third year at Uvic, majoring in English and Business. When not swamped with studying, she can be found exploring downtown, drinking way too much coffee, reading, and enjoying the experiences UVic has to offer.
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