Make 2020 your best year yet!
Your 2020 is going to be so good, it'll make 2019 jealous
Welcome back students! And welcome to students starting in January!
I’m sure you’ve seen all the typical January posts of ‘New year, new me!’ and although the new year is a great time to set resolutions and start the new year off on a good foot, don’t feel pressured to completely change everything because it’s a new decade.
Hit the ground running
You’ve had a (hopefully) relaxing Christmas break, with time to regroup and refocus. Try not to slip into old habits and try to combat procrastination. Get a brand new diary, write down your deadlines, plan ahead and feel on top of the world with effective time management. 2019 last minute panic called, who dis?
You don’t need to feel guilty about enjoying your Christmas dinner, or feel like you need to change your appearance - you look great!
Exercise is good for you and if you’re feeling a little sluggish after the festive period, see if you can incorporate a little more movement into your daily routine. Trust me, I’ll be the last person to tell you to get up early and walk to lectures, but what about walking home? You could listen to your new favourite playlist or podcast, or use the time to chat to a friend or family member. As long as you are walking in well lit areas and being safe, it’s a really easy way to be more active in this new year.
If big resolutions aren’t your thing, setting smaller more achievable goals might suit you better - are you taking part in Veganuary? Dry January? Januhairy? Don’t worry that we’re already part way through the month - goals don’t have to stick to a rigid time frame. Perhaps your goal could be to read that book you got for Christmas, or finish that deadline coming up. By doing this, and having that feeling of accomplishment, you’ll feel a greater motivation for the New Year, and hopefully keep you on track for the rest of the year.
Your loan has just come through and you might enjoy that feeling of shopping the last of the Boxing Day sales, or buying yourself the Christmas present you didn’t get; but now is the time to be a bit frugal. It can be tempting to splash out when you know you have all that money in your account, but it’s got to last you until almost the end of April! So if you can, set yourself a budget and try to stick to it, limit eating out and take aways, nights out and new outfits. Try charity shopping, do fake-aways, and nights in - but it is okay to have the odd treat yo’ self day!
Take time for you
Christmas time can be really overwhelming, and especially with the January blues, some days, you just don’t want to get out of bed. Know you are not alone and that other people feel like this too. You can always come and chat to the Advice Team, or your tutor, but if you just need some time for you - that’s okay! Make your favourite dinner, watch your favourite film, meditate and have an early night. Don’t forget to get out and about, even for a brief walk to the shop - vitamin D levels are low for everyone this time of year, so try to get as much time outside as possible to boost your levels!
Remember, you don't have to succumb to the pressure of 'New Year, New Me', and don't feel distressed if you feel like your new year isn't meeting the expectation of social media - you do you.
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