By: Ellie Cartier
Ah yes, the words people hate to hear the most around the time of the new year. Conversations that start with “What are your New Year Resolutions?” or “Have you made a New Year Resolutions list yet?” make many people want to hide under the bed until February when they can at last be free of the pestering.
Now, let’s be honest, how many people actually follow through with that horrid list of things they wanna change? Well, according to a survey done by Huffington Post, a whopping eight percent keep up with these promises. That’s… actually not much of a shock to me. Change is hard, especially when you want to change something you’ve been doing for years. So, because I care so much about you, I have put together a list of a few things that should help you follow through with some of the most common resolutions. If they don’t work, please don’t sue me.
- Eating healthier.
Haha, even I put this one on my list. As someone who drinks nine cans of Dr. Pepper and eats way too many chips to count, I can say this one is difficult for most. The best thing to do that I have found is to do it a little bit at the time. If you want to get rid of things such as cupcakes, sodas, or pies, start out slow. I’ve limited myself to one soda per week and it is much easier than just cutting it out entirely.
Find substitutes for the foods you want to cut out. I’ve been eating grape tomatoes instead of chips, and it’s been pretty good so far. So, cut out a little bit, and find other things for you to eat in place of those foods.
- Exercising more.
Honestly, this one is the worst. My exercising is exercising my fingers by typing papers or playing video games. But as I have learned the hard way, exercise does make you feel better, mentally and physically. It helps release dopamine, a hormone that causes happiness, and makes you feel better about yourself and your body.
Now, do not ever go to the gym and work out for six hours straight after never walking for more than thirty minutes in your life. Start out slow, like I said before for eating healthier. Going on short runs and small sets of squats or planks are great places to start. Begin with the basics and then advance onto the more challenging stuff. The last thing you want is to pull a muscle or break your leg.
Also, stretching is so important that words can’t even express how much it effects your work out. Start stretching off with simple stuff, please do not jump into the air and attempt to land in your middle splits.
- Swearing less.
This one is a really fun one for me. Instead of using non-school appropriate words in your vocabulary, why not use other things such as: Ice cream flavors, animal names, or the item closest to you.
Some examples for you if you aren’t sure what I mean or where to start: “Son of a butternut squash”, “motherfudgecakes”, “I bet my asteroid on it”, “vanilla swirl cup”, or if you want to stay hip with the kids, “holy heck” is a great place to start.
Swear jars have never been useful in my opinion. Having a good friend be there to look at you in disappointment or to smack you whenever you use a foul word isn’t a bad idea either. Just try to make yourself more conscious of the way you speak.
- Finding love
“Love stinks, the end.” A great quote from my dad.
To be real though, finding a girlfriend or boyfriend starts with you. If you learn to first love yourself and be okay with who you are it’s easier for you to find ‘real love’. Those who change themselves to be with someone else are only kidding themselves. If you truly love someone, you can love them for everything they are. Yes, you can still change, but it should be for the better not to make the other person like you more.
There’s a lot of misconceptions about love and infatuation in my opinion. Learning to understand the difference between the two is a valid detail to know. So, to all the singles looking for ‘the one’ this year, I wish you only the best of luck.
At the end of the day, no matter what your goals are, they are achievable if you are willing to put the work and effort into making them possible. You can do just about anything you put your mind to these days. So, good luck to all and welcome to the start of a great year!