How I’m sticking to my New Year’s Resolutions
Eva gives her tips on making those good habits stick
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"When we set out unrealistic goals it can lead us to set up unrealistic expectations, and then we feel more disappointment when we don't achieve our goals"
New Year resolutions can be hard to keep, and that's why I never made any, until this year. This year, I decided I was going to do something different, so I sat down, took out a pen, and thought of what I wanted to change. I came up with five areas that I wanted to get involved in and work on, and I am going to review these at the end of this year.
New Year resolutions can serve many purposes. It can give us something to focus on, while also helping to guide and influence our decisions throughout the year. I think it is just as important to have realistic New Year resolutions. It's so easy to get caught up in everything and to run away with our ideas that we come up with unrealistic, unattainable goals.
When we set out unrealistic goals it can lead us to set up unrealistic expectations, and then we feel more disappointment when we don't achieve our goals. We are all the best judge of our own abilities and limitations and this is something to keep in mind when coming up with new year resolutions. Developing SMART (Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic, Timed ) goals is something that can be quite useful, and this is something I will be working on for the next while.
One of my resolutions this year was to go to the gym more often. And this is something I have been sticking to so far, by regularly going to the gym two to three times each week. Exercise gives me a way to de-stress after a particularly long day, and also helps improve my concentration. It is also something that gives my body routine and improves fitness.
Be stylish for less:
This resolution is a bit more unusual. I wanted to start shopping in charity shops, in order to find new clothes for bargain prices. I think charity shops can often be a good way to try out new styles and fashions without having to spend a heap of money. Since money is a bit tight around the house at the moment, this is something that will come in very useful. A few months ago I came across a frumpy black dress that looked horrendous to begin with. But once I put it in the wash it actually wasn't that bad! I have since worn this dress to numerous occasions and have been complimented on how nice it looks. Although this dress was something that needed a wash (or two) when I got it, there are plenty of clothes in charity shops that are of very good quality. Some even stock new items that other retail stores don't want.
Engaging in volunteer work is something I have always done on an on/off basis since I was sixteen. This year I'm going to get involved with charities in college and volunteer with them throughout the semester. I think it will be a good way to meet new people and improve my social skills. Most people who know me nowadays wouldn't think it, but I actually used to be a very good 'people' person, but have somehow gotten a bit rusty over the last few years. Working with other people while engaging in different kinds of volunteer work will help with this.
Last year I was involved in ballet for a few months. Once our term finished I stopped taking classes as I didn't join the next term. This is something I really missed as I really enjoyed those dance classes. I definitely am going to sign up for classes when the new term begins - it'll provide me with something different to do so I'm not just always in college. Learning to dance has also been proven to help with concentration and relieving stress while also promoting creative expression.
About five years ago I opened a Youtube channel. I quickly grew dis-interested with as I found it difficult to record videos with high quality sound and images. Nowadays it is so much cheaper and easier to find high quality recording equipment, that even the generic smartphone would have a pretty good camera and microphone. I am going to reactivate my Youtube channel and make some new videos.