A new year is always an inspiration to everyone to be better than they were the year prior. We set goals for ourselves that we would like to accomplish and hope to keep. This is where it gets a little tricky…. Keeping up with goals that we set for ourselves can be more difficult than we imagine. We may think it will be easy to start that dairy-free diet until we are standing in front of a delicious cheese tray at our friend’s house. There will always be things to tempt us and make us go astray, so how do we stay strong in a world full of temptations? There is no right answer for this, but there are some steps we can take to help us be the strong, motivated people we all want to be.
1. Write Down Your Goals – writing down the things you want to accomplish helps hold you more accountable to actually complete them
2. Share your Goals with Someone Close – telling someone else your goals that will help hold you accountable as well will give you that extra motivation to get it done. Maybe they will even want to join in on your goal with you and you can do it together!
3. Set a Deadline – set a date you’d like your goal to be completed or at least in progress by. Having an end in sight always helps
4. Take the First Step – whatever your goal is, get started on it immediately don’t make up excuses, just do it.
5. Don’t Get Discouraged – if you take a step backward or your goal seems more difficult than you expected don’t let that get you down and stop you from what you want. Remember how badly you wanted this and think about how happy you will be once you accomplish it
These are just a few things to help you along the way. Always remember although we always inspire to be better, which is a good thing, you should always be happy with yourself first! You are a unique individual and although there are always things we can improve on, doesn’t mean you are any less than amazing already.
While this time of year is often filled with joy and excitement, it can also be one of the most stressful times of the year. As you are preparing for finals and planning your holiday activities, whether it’s a trip home or staying put, learning how to deal with these stresses will help you have a more enjoyable holiday.
Here are some tips to help reduce stress this holiday season:
• Let your family know about your plans and preferences for the holiday before you arrive home. Listen to their preferences and plans as well.
• Make certain your plans include your family in some way. Think of some things you have in common with them or things you enjoy doing with them and request to do those things. Include your parents in the planning and scheduling of these activities.
• Discuss with your parents regarding changes, i.e. curfew. Negotiation may need to occur.
• Be prepared for the endless questions from family. How was this semester for you? What’s your GPA? What’s your major again? What are you going to do with that? Have you met any new friends? What clubs have you joined? Why did you choose that one? There are literally infinite questions that your parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, and just about everybody else in your family can and will ask. Be completely prepared to feel like you’re being interviewed for a job based on how well this semester went.
• Have a lot of tasks to complete? Make a to-do list in chronological order to minimize stress.
• Gift exchanges! Enjoy the present and try not to worry about what may be lacking.
• Stay active and continue to eat a balanced diet.
• Make time for yourself and your needs, even when hosting guests in your house.
• Keep tabs on your holiday spending. Make a budget and stick to it, no exceptions.
• Learn to say no. It’s OK not to do everything.
• Renew your lease! Reduce stress down the road and renew your lease before the holidays!