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Making the Most of Your New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions: everyone makes them, nobody keeps them. After the tumultuous wreck that was 2020, the new year is finally here! Having spent the last year cooped up in your house, its time to do some self-improvement and live your best (socially-distanced) life. Whether your goal is to become a straight-A student, spend more time on self care, or incorporate a new workout regimen, here are some tips to help you make the most of your 2021:

Start Early

The most difficult part of building a habit is actually beginning! In order to achieve your goals this 2021, you have to be willing to start somewhere, and the earlier the better. Start early to build habits, and repeat them often.

Small Steps

Diving in too deep, too fast can make you feel extremely overwhelmed and destroy your motivation. For example, instead of using instagram models running a mile a day as your inspiration, start with something you can manage. Slowly build up to where you want to be, and you’ll be at your ideal place in no time.

Make a Plan

Making a plan is key to success in any subject. Maybe invest in a personal planner, or, if that’s not your style, track your progress on your phone or calendar. That way, you can physically see the progress you’re making, and it’ll motivate you to keep working at your goals, too.

Choose Something Fun

No one feels motivated to do something they don’t enjoy. It’s important to make your goals not only achievable, but also something you like doing as well. Instead of torturing yourself by only eating leafy greens, turn healthy foods into something delicious: a smoothie, a soup, or some salsa.

Reward Yourself

This one is actually rooted in psychology! By rewarding yourself whenever you do something that gets you closer to your goal, you’re creating positive reinforcement pathways in your brain, teaching yourself to do it more. Gift yourself that delicious ice cream in your freezer after a week of eating healthy and you’ll have something to keep you motivated!

Be Kind to Yourself

It’s important to remind yourself that no one is perfect! We all make mistakes— it’s how we learn. If you didn’t meet your weekly goal or you skipped a day, don’t beat yourself up about it. Be kind to yourself, your body, and your mind, and don’t forget to cut yourself some slack. You’re only human!

New Year’s Resolutions can be daunting and difficult, but they don’t have to be! By keeping these tips in mind, you’ll be able to become your favorite “you” yet. Don’t forget there’s no shame in doing what keeps you happy, and learn to love yourself just the way you are. Happy New Year!

Shima is a sophomore at UW currently residing in Mukilteo, WA. She intends to major in Microbiology and hopes to someday become a physician. She enjoys baking bread, watching Teen Wolf, and practicing Taekwondo in her free time.
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