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Health and Wellbeing

New year, new you?

By Konrad 11 Jan 2024

Yes, we have heard it all before BUT a new year most definitely gives you a fresh start...

New Year's resolutions can be hard to stick to, especially straight after the Christmas holidays, but it's motivating to have some goals in mind for the upcoming year! 

With these realistic resolutions, you've got a good chance of sticking to them:

1. Being fit, fun and fabulous

You might struggle to motivate yourself but by setting yourself (realistic) targets, you will achieve something within the time frame you've set yourself. You could join a gym, start the Couch to 5k programme or start playing sport with some friends. You need to enjoy it though, otherwise, you'll be tempted to ditch it after 3 days.

a close up of person on a running track

2. Cutting back on social media

Social media is a great way to connect with friends and family whilst at university. We want social media to be a positive place, so if you feel like it's getting you down, cut back on it. It can also be a big distraction whilst you're trying to meet those deadlines! 

Tip: In iPhone settings, you can set timers on apps to help reduce your screen time, and there are also apps for Android that do this too.

a close up of a screen of a cell phone

3. Health kickin' into 2024

Takeaways and ready meals might make life easier but they'll also make a dent in your bank balance AND they aren't healthy either. After indulging over Christmas, it's all about getting back to the healthiest version of yourself so start by adding more veggies to your meals and trying 'fakeaways' on the weekends. 

many different types of healthy food on a plate

4. Being the Good Samaritan

We're all guilty of being a bit selfish from time to time but now is the perfect opportunity to turn that around; by volunteering! Not only will you be helping others and contributing to a good cause but it'll look great on your CV too. Having volunteering experience on your CV is likely to make you stand out amongst other applicants.

people wearing a volunteering tshirt

5. Giving up the booze

After Christmas, you might be sick of all the booze so mocktails, here you come! Dry January will soon become your best friend - you'll save money, feel healthier and sleep better. Cutting alcohol from your lifestyle will help you prepare for your January exams/deadlines and leave you with a much more positive outlook on life. 

a close up of a juice in a cup

6. Focusing on YOU

If you love writing and being creative, now is the time to focus on this by creating a YouTube channel or blog. Consider creating an Instagram page all about your interests. Creating content can connect you with others who have similar interests to you and it's a great thing to show to future employers. It can also help a lot of other students too! 

a person typing the word 'blog' on a type writer

We have every faith in you that you'll achieve something amazing in 2024 - or at least stick to your resolutions through January anyway...

Good luck!