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5 Realistic And Practical New Year’s Resolutions To Help You Become More Confident

Let’s be real - 2020 has been really rough. Since the majority of it was stuck in quarantine, it goes without saying that our lives have completely changed (mostly for the worse). Being in quarantine may have affected you financially or academically. In other cases, it may have been mentally or physically. For some, it may have affected you in all of these ways. Going through all of this is definitely not easy, and as a result, your confidence has probably taken a strong hit. Moving forward into 2021, it’s time to change things up. So, here are 5 New Year’s resolutions to get you to become more confident and unbothered going into 2021:

Creating a morning routine

Since there is so much unpredictability and inconsistency in 2020, having a morning routine will create some order and structure in your life. Waking up earlier than other people around you can also make you feel more productive, so consider waking up early every morning! Some things you can add to your routine are listening to a podcast, journaling, reading, meditating, eating breakfast and doing your skincare routine.

Having strict social media restrictions

Too much of one thing can be bad, and since we’re stuck at home, it may be hard to resist using your phone. Going on social media for a long time may lead to unhealthy social comparisons and lower self-esteem. Taking a break from your phone is good throughout the day. On your phone, go to your settings and restrict your screen time to an hour or less for your social media apps.

Learning something new every day

Nowadays, there are so many different resources available online for you to learn something new. Take a class in something that you’ve always been interested in, such as coding, learning a language or graphic design. You don’t have to sign up for an entire class, but aim to learn something new every single day. It could be as simple as learning a new word or listening to a podcast about a thought-provoking topic. This will help your confidence since you’ll keep your mind active and be more adept at learning new things.

Creating a workout routine that works for you

Trying to follow other people’s workout routines is probably not going to work out in the long term. Instead, you should look for exercises that you truly enjoy and aren’t too difficult for you. Don’t feel discouraged if your workout seems relatively “easy,” and just focus on improving at your own pace. I would recommend compiling exercises that you’re comfortable with and making your personal workout routine. Working out will release good endorphins, so aim to workout for a minimum of five to ten minutes per day!

Removing negativity and toxicity from your life

Is there someone in your life that exudes negative energy and is very toxic to you? If someone’s name or face popped up in your mind, then the answer is yes. Now that it’s a new year, it’s time to let go of relationships that are no longer serving you. It’s time to focus on YOU, and you don’t need that negative energy in your life. It’s time to live your life the way you want to live. There is a difference between patience and wasting your time. This doesn't just apply to people directly in your life- it can also be people on social media, such as influencers and celebrities, that can be making you feel bad about yourself. Do you feel good when you see their posts on social media? Are their posts adding anything substantial and healing to your life? If they don’t, you are entitled to unfollowing and removing that source of negativity from your life.

Now that we’re going into a new year, it’s time to start living your true self. You only get this one life to live. There’s no tolerance for negativity in your life, and it’s time to set healthy boundaries. Doing these five things won’t guarantee that you’ll become super confident or unbothered, but it’s definitely a start. It’s time to put yourself first instead of surrounding yourself with people or things that are bringing your confidence down. You can do this!

Lauren is a fourth-year Psychology major with a minor in Asian Languages at UCLA from Studio City, California. In addition to writing as a feature writer for Her Campus at UCLA, she loves reading for leisure, playing with her dogs, and watching The Office.
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