Joslyn Carine
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New Month’s Resolutions: Recap and Restart

So, here we are in the 4th (3rd and a half-ish?) week of February. By now most people would have given up or forgotten their New Years Resolutions or Goals for 2019 or whatever you want to call it. I myself have struggled to stick to all of them and so I’ve decided I’m going to try kick start it in the remaining 2 weeks of this month. They say it takes 21 days to form a new habit so I’m going to begin those 21 days now and extend it into the beginning of March. 

Let’s get into it:

The first of my resolutions for 2019: Get more, better quality sleep

Now I struggled with this a lot because when I first moved into my apartment it was a new place with new sounds and smells. I struggled to sleep for those reasons as well as the fact that my roommates are really social people and had people over every night for the 2 weeks of Orientation. I’ve gotten to a point now where I’m sleeping better and the only issue is the heat.

My tips on how to achieve better sleep are by implementing a few ground rules. Now I know it sounds beyond lame to have a bedtime in university but if it gets me to my 8 am’s without having to depend on caffeine, I’m all for it. I personally aim to be in bed by 10:30 pm in order to wake up at 6 am. This allows me to get 7 1/2 hours of sleep which is within the recommended amount for people my age.

Put in the effort and do my best in varsity

I can proudly say I’ve been doing this and am now in the habit of getting home from classes and working until dinner, after which, I will continue to work until 9:30 pm. It was difficult for the first few days but I quickly fell into a pattern. I make a list of things that need to be done and, after completing 1 or 2, the satisfaction keeps me motivated to keep doing more. I have a really good feeling for this year. With the way things are going so far, I should be able to achieve the goals I set for myself.

My tips on how to get working are to honestly just do it. I would often tell myself I would do something and then procrastinate until it was too late to do it anymore. Now, when I get home from classes, I unpack my bag, set my stuff out on my desk and immediately start working. I don’t touch my phone or get a snack until I’ve accomplished 1 thing on the list. It’s all about getting started in the first place.

My next 2 resolutions go hand in hand (and honestly I’m not doing well at either):

1. Eat better, wholesome food and cut down on sugar

2. Work out more

I’d like to point out that this is the first time in my life that I have had to cook and prepare all of my own meals. I’m still learning about what I should be eating, how much I should be cooking etc. So I’ve been struggling on the food front and I probably haven’t been eating all that well although I’m buying lots of fruit and veggies. I’m aiming to get better at meal prep and healthy cooking options that may make number 2 a bit easier.

I have no excuses for why I haven’t been working out except that I just haven’t gone. I have a Virgin Active membership and planned to start going to the one out here in Stellies. My reasoning behind not going was that I had too much work to do but honestly, I’m ahead in 2 of my classes already. A friend (hi Georgie) asked me to go to Zumba with her next week so we’ll see how that goes. It may just be the kick to get me going.

The last of my resolutions is more of a mindset change.

I’ve been stuck in my own head for years. I’ve allowed myself to become unsure and insecure about many aspects of my life and myself. I went through a period last year where I was confident and happy and I really miss that version of me. So I’ve decided that this year I’m going to do various activities and small steps that will hopefully improve my state of mind and my confidence.

I’ve relayed all of this to you as a way of holding myself accountable. If others know what my goals are, I’m more likely to try stick to them. Let me know what your goals are for 2019  or message me if you have any advice as to how I can achieve my own goals.

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” ―Ralph Waldo Emerson

I hope you all have a fantastic week and good luck with your own resolutions!

Jos x

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