5 New Year’s Resolutions That You Can Keep

Happy New Year!! You know what that means; another hopeful year where people make resolutions in January that will be forgotten by February. Right when the ball drops, gym memberships skyrocket. So why not make a few resolutions, or even just one that you can easily keep!

Especially as a college student, or a soon-to-be college student, there are a few things that can easily be tweaked and will help you out a lot.

    • Resolution 1: Get Enough Sleep

This really isn’t that difficult. In high school I found that I slept way too much, but in college I can’t seem to get enough sleep. Many college students find themselves waking up early to get to class on time, but staying up late at night to either study or socialize. While there are 24 hours in a day, 7-8 of them need to be spent sleeping.

What a lot of students don’t understand is that by not getting enough sleep it impairs your concentration and memory. You have 24 hours, so plan accordingly! But make sure you don’t pack too much into your day because you will easily get stressed out.

    • Resolution 2: Don’t Stress

I know there is so much pressure on high school and college students alike to get good grades, this pressure easily causes stress. Referring back to Resolution 1, make sure you’re getting enough sleep, but another key way to avoid stress is by participating in extracurricular activities.

If you exercise, play a game, read a whimsical novel, listen to some music, pamper yourself, or do anything else that you enjoy doing in your spare time you will provide yourself with a balance! You need to balance your time with the good and the necessary. 30 minutes to an hour of quality “Me” time a day will help a lot and will keep you from stressing out too much.

    • Resolution 3: Skip Escalators and Elevators

Every year, the most common New Year’s Resolution is to exercise more. But it’s also a very difficult resolution to keep up with, especially if you’re one of those people who are going to find it difficult to keep Resolutions 1 and 2.

So instead of spending $50 a month on a gym membership that you aren’t going to use, just stop using escalators and elevators. Even one minute of climbing up some stairs will do you some good. Stairs weren’t just put there for decoration, so use them! Especially if you live in an apartment complex or dormitory that has multiple levels, you’ll be surprised at how much of a difference using stairs can make.

    • Resolution 4: Spice up Your Life

This one might sound weird but eat more spicy food! Have you heard about how exercise can give you endorphins, and that endorphins keep you happy? I don’t know about endorphins keeping you happy but they do contribute to relaxation. The best way to get endorphins is to exercise, but if you’re one of those people who are going to be using stairs as your form of exercise, you’re going to need all the endorphins you can get!

Spicy food can also contribute to creating endorphins. I’m not saying to go chug a bottle of Tapatio sauce but adding a few drops of it to your food may do you some good.

    • Resolution 5: Press Power

This one will probably be the most difficult one to keep. When you are around friends or family, and especially if you’re at someone house, turn off your phone. This day in age we are consistently surrounded by technology, some of us rely on our cellphone so much that when we lose it or the battery runs out we feel as if our life-line has been cut off!

Have you ever found yourself sitting with a group of friends and every single person is on their phone?

Our generation believes that we are more connected than ever but in all actuality we are more cut off than ever. Do yourself a favor and turn off your phone, or at least don’t use it when you’re around people. This will help you appreciate the time you are spending with your friends and family and they will appreciate it more too.

Face to face interaction is more beneficial anyways. Giving your phone a timeout can also reduce your stress levels, stop relying so much on it and just live in the now, and appreciate the present.

Happy New Year!

These five resolutions are pretty simple, but you’ll find that if you utilize even one of them your stress levels will decrease. Enjoy this next year!

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Bryanna Maty

Bryanna Maty

Bryanna Maty is a Senior at the University of California, Davis. After graduating in June she hopes to find or invent a career that will utilize her love for writing, spending money and making people laugh. In her spare time you can find her crafting things off of Pinterest, swimming, line-dancing or watching re-runs of “Friends.”