Promise we aren't being negative, hear us out– New Year's resolutions aren't all they're cracked up to be.
With the year drawing to a close, you might be thinking of making a resolution or two going into the New Year...
But before you have your New Year’s resolution set in stone, it’s worth taking a moment to think about what you’re actually aiming to achieve. Despite having the best intentions, many people set themselves up for failure by setting unrealistic goals for January.
While choosing your own resolutions is a personal decision, to make the process a little easier for you, we’ve put together a list of resolutions not worth making so you can avoid the pitfalls that others often make.
'Live Life To The Fullest'
University is already a great time to expand your horizons, with the opportunity to make new friends from a range of backgrounds and try a bunch of new things.
That said, setting yourself such a large and vague target, you’re almost of setting yourself up for disappointment.
As a student, you already have lots of pressure to contend with.. deadlines, financial stresses and managing a social life to name a few. Adding more pressure on top of that is not a well-advised, especially when seeming to not be living up to your resolution could make you feel a bit down.
Realistically, unless you’re blessed with parents who can help you out, you’re going to spend most of your time as a student being a bit broke.
With that in mind, trying to travel the world while you’re living on a shoestring budget is most likely a bad idea. While getting a break from the mundane day-to-day of your studies may seem like a ideal, you may as well wait until you graduate before promising yourself the adventure of a lifetime.
This may sound counter-intuitive, as it’s almost always a good idea to save money where possible.
With that said, being a student means you’ll be scraping by most of the time, so it’s not really realistic to assume that you’re going to be able to make savings at the same time unless you somehow have another side hustle.
Being at university and trying to have a healthy savings account is going to be a struggle, especially when your main account balance is looking precarious. There are some practical steps you can take, such as buying non-branded cheaper options, going out less often, etc, but overall, trying to save for some grand plan may not be a wise choice.
'Learn a New Skill'
This one is a pretty common resolution. While it’s definitely good want to better yourself, taking up a language or new sport by yourself on top of your pre-existing studies can lead to unnecessary stress, so we wouldn’t advise it.
Instead, why not join a club or society at your university? By working towards your goal with others who are supportive, the whole process of picking up a new skill is made easier, so we highly recommend getting involved with others if you want to be successful. You might even make some more friends in the process.
As January rolls around, the inevitable masses of people will descend upon their local gym, hoping to shed the Christmas weight and then some.
Overall, this aiming to get healthier is great. Of course exercise has serious benefits, both physically and mentally, as any healthcare professional would tell you. With that said, it’s important to keep in mind that there’s far more to being in good health than just losing weight.
Instead of obsessing over what the scales say, try setting yourself some personal targets for your weekly workouts. Want to improve your cardio? Try steadily increasing the amount of time you’re on the treadmill every session. Want to put on some more muscle? Try getting some more protein into your diet, and slowly increasing your weight lifting routine.
Remember there’s no quick fix to getting in shape, so try and live the healthiest lifestyle possible.