New Year’s resolutions


New Year is well and truly on its way, and my GOSH, how quickly that’s flown around this year. It surely can’t just be me who feels like January was only yesterday… right? Well, if the date as I’m typing this is anything to go by, it really is the end of the year. For some of us, that means we’ve now ran out of time to achieve things we wanted for 2014, goals we’d set or dreams we’d assumed would get done at some point. However, I’d argue that you’ve not ran out of time at all, and whilst the concept of a New Year is a lovely time to set new, positive targets for ourselves, we can make changes at any time.

No matter what time of year it is, the most important thing is that we’re happy. If you’re starting January like many people, looking to make changes to the way you look or perhaps the way you act – that’s totally fine, but make the goals realistic, and don’t beat yourself up if things don’t quite go to plan. There’s no shame in pushing yourself for something, but consider why you want things to change, and if your wellbeing is being put first and foremost. Nobody can tell you what to do, but make sure you’re making choices for yourself, and nobody else.

Of course, some resolutions can be overwhelmingly positive, especially for students! For example, if fresher’s has been a bit of a blur of drinking and drama, you could vow to cut down the amount you’re consuming! Or, if you know you’re skipping a lot of classes (trust me, I’ve been there, so no judgements here!), you could try and promise yourself you’ll make it in to Uni way more often.

Things like weight loss can be a tricky one. A lot of us want to lose a few pounds, but for some it can become an obsession bordering on unhealthy. Wanting to tone up or eat healthily is fab (particularly if you’ve been lazy or obsessed with takeaways recently!), but just make sure it doesn’t take over your life. As long as you’re fit and well, there’s a lot more to life than the way you look in a mirror!

Of course, there are loads of different promises we might make ourselves for the New Year. Stopping smoking is one. Volunteering and helping others can be another. Learning to cook more recipes, travel more or even change jobs are popular ones for a lot of people. Me? My big one for 2015 is to focus on my blog and work on getting my name out there as a writer even more than I already do. It’ll be interesting to see where I’m sat on that one in a year’s time.

If you need any help from anyone at Liberty Living with any of your goals, or you’re worried something might have gone a bit too far and a simple resolution won’t change whatever it is, remember you can always talk to someone here.

Whatever you decide – if you decide anything at all, because you really don’t have to – I wish you the best of luck!

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Posted on 29th December 2014 by Claire L.

Claire Louise Sheridan lives and works in Peterborough. She recently graduated with a degree in English and Communication Studies from the University of Liverpool.

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