By Isabella Keats
“New year, new me!” that's the wonderful line we hear every January. With that line, impossible resolutions always seem to follow. While those resolutions may seem good, sometimes they can be a lot harder than expected. Here are a few things that may seem small but could do a lot of good.
Change who you follow on social media. Now I’m not saying unfollow your friends and family. What I am saying is follow people who could help give you ideas on how to live more true to yourself. Accounts ranging from aesthetically pleasing art to mental health professionals. Even just following one account could help you see things in a new light or trying something new.
Take up a hobby. Yes, I know that sounds cliche but it can honestly make a huge difference. If you want to draw, get a piece of paper and a pencil and give it your best try; if you don’t like how it looks just take a break and try again. Go on the internet and search drawing references- the internet is loaded with unique ideas. If you want to try baking, search up a recipe and give it your best shot, the worst thing that happens is that there’s too much butter and your cookies come out looking flat. If you want to try anything new the first step is always the hardest.
Speaking of steps, how many times have people made “getting in shape” a resolution? Every year at least one person I know decides to work out 3 hours a day and start a diet. “Diets” aren’t always good for you and working out too much can cause strain to your body. Instead of setting these painful goals, start with small changes. Allow yourself to start working out for half an hour then slowly as your body becomes more accustomed to it add more time.
At the end of the day your goals don’t need to be hard, they just need to make you feel proud of what you’ve achieved. Look at it this way, if you set the goal of reading 10 books in 2021 and by 2022 you've only read 8 you might feel sad and beat yourself up versus you had set the goal of only reading 2-3 books. Yes that goal is much more attainable but you’ll be able to feel that sense of accomplishment.