New Year’s Resolutions: Student Edition
As we get ready to wave goodbye to 2018, I’ve been thinking up some New Year’s resolutions to help make my life at uni healthier and happier in 2019…
Eat better meals
We all know how important it is to eat well, but it can be difficult to maintain a good diet at uni, especially when you have a busy schedule. This year I really want to make sure I dedicate enough time to cooking nourishing meals and plan to experiment with vegetarian recipes to try to increase the amount of vegetables I’m eating. I’m also going to try to eat a proper breakfast more regularly (note to self: a cup of coffee does not count as a good breakfast!) to get my days off to a healthier start.
Take more time to relax
This year I really need to tackle my work-life balance – it’s been out of kilter for some time now and I need to take action! Last term I spent almost all of my free time in my room working, and although this has meant that I’ve kept on top of reading, I really need to use some of that time to rest, socialise and enjoy the experience of being at uni. I’m also going to try to put less pressure on myself when it comes to work – rather than stressing over things not being ‘good enough’, I’m going to try to be confident in myself and remember that everything will come together in the end.
Keep getting enough sleep
Going to bed at a reasonable time is one of the only good habits I consistently stick to and helps me be productive day to day. I get about 7 hours of sleep on a normal night and want to keep this up in the new year. Getting to sleep early can be difficult in halls/student accommodation so I’m going to try out some meditation apps like Headspace and Calm to see if they make it easier to ignore distractions and get a good nights’ sleep.
Make more reading notes
I never felt like I needed to make reading notes in First Year, but as I’ve been working on my first batch of Second Year assignments, I’m realising that making notes as you read actually saves a lot of time when it comes to working out what material to use for your essays. I’m going to try to make a summary sheet to fill out after each reading I complete so that I have something to look back on, giving me an overview of the chapter and the thoughts I had about it at the time.
Get more exercise
Exercise is a great way to manage stress and there are lots of opportunities to get active on campus from sports clubs to gym facilities. I love going for long walks so each week I want to set aside time to go for a stroll – I particularly like walking around Westwood and visiting Westwood Café so I’m hoping this can be a relaxing activity that I can build into my weekly schedule in the new year.
Going into a new year is a great opportunity to reflect and make some positive changes, and I hope sharing some of my New Year’s resolutions has given you some ideas of what yours could be! I hope you all had a brilliant year and wish you happiness and success for 2019!