9 Reasonable New Year's Resolutions That Aren't About Losing Weight

9 Reasonable New Year's Resolutions That Aren't About Losing Weight

Be kind to yourself

I go to the gym every day of the week EXCEPT for the first two weeks in January. Why? Well, the gym becomes flooded with New Year's Resolutioners - all with the goal to lose X amount of weight and get in shape. But after two weeks, 80% of them have given up and I can finally get my elliptical back.

I'm honestly not surprised that only 20% of them stick to their goal. People use the New Year as an attempt to make drastic changes to their lives. It's extremely difficult to cut bad habits cold turkey or make complete lifestyle changes in a day. Things like that take time, and it's easy to become overwhelmed by them.

Now that 2018 is here and it's time to decide on a resolution to make, try to be realistic. Don't make a resolution that will be impossible to keep! Be kind to yourself and chose one that is a bit more subtle. New year's resolutions do not have to be completely life altering! Here are a few reasonable ideas for new year's resolutions to get you started:

1. Read more

Reading is super beneficial for the mind. It's relaxing and enlightening. Reading makes us smarter (unless you are reading celebrity tweets). Pick up a few books this year and read them cover to cover. I know it is hard to find time to read, but maybe cut back on your Netflix time to engage in a good novel!

2. Be more spontaneous

I know I'm not alone when I say that I tend to be very routine and comfortable in that routine. Doing random things without planning them in advance can really bring on my anxiety. This year I am going to try to go with the flow more, relax, and enjoy the spontaneous things, and maybe you should give it a go too if you are stuck in the same boat!

3. Be successful in school

A new year bring a new opportunity to excel. 2018 will be bringing on a new spring and fall semester - so make it a point to be successful! Work hard in all of your classes and avoid being a slacker, which brings me to my next resolution...

4. Stop Procrastinating

Have you ever been guilty of waiting until the last possible minute to complete an assignment or study for an exam and then not earning the grade you hoped to? Then maybe it's time to stop procrastinating! This is best achieved by getting a head start on papers and planning out time to study. Next time you find yourself watching Netflix, ask yourself if there is something more productive that you could be doing. If the answer is yes, close that laptop and get to it!

5. Start a journal

Keeping a journal should not feel burdensome. It doesn't mean you have to make an entry every day or log every second of your life. It also does not mean you are keeping a diary! A journal can be whatever you make it out to be. Just write down the things that make you feel happy - things you want to remember. Or, if you are having a rough day, release your frustrations through the ink of your pen. Write a poem or sketch a picture if you are feeling inspired!

6. Drink more water

A lot of people struggle to meet the recommended 8 glasses (64 fluid ounces) of water each day. Make it a priority to stay hydrated in 2018! Keep a water bottle with you at all times! Staying hydrated is beneficial to your overall health. Your skin will be softer, your system will be more regular, and you will just feel better overall!

7. Eat more fruits and veggies

Maybe you do need to start living healthier. BUT that does not mean you need to make a resolution to lose 20lbs in 2018! Start simpler by making it a goal to start eating healthier. Incorporating more fruits and veggies into your diet is an excellent way to start making an overall lifestyle change!

8. Take time to relax

We are all guilty over overloading our schedules and being go-go-go none stop. I do it to myself all the time. This results in unnecessary stress. It is important to find time to relax! Being stressed out all the time is not healthy. Find an activity that allows you to release some of that stress, whether it be listening to music, taking a bubble bath, coloring, going for walks, yoga, reading, writing, running, etc. It's amazing what having an outlet can do with reducing stress level!

9. Unplug

So many people are attached to their cell phones and social media. So many people waste so much time binge watching Netflix or playing video games for hours on end. Being so consumed by technology can lead us to miss out on experiences. Spend some time "unplugged" and simply be present in the moment with the people around you. Take in the atmosphere and enjoy life without technology!

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

The world needs you.

You won't see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won't laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won't go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They'll miss you. They'll cry.

You won't fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won't get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won't be there to wipe away your mother's tears when she finds out that you're gone.

You won't be able to hug the ones that love you while they're waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won't be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won't find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won't celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won't turn another year older.

You will never see the places you've always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You'll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges, and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it's not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don't let today be the end.

You don't have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It's not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I'm sure you're no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won't do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you'll be fine." Because when they aren't, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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The Truth About Narcan, Insulin, And Who Pays For What

"Stupid junkies, I have to pay for my Insulin but they get Narcan FOR FREE. Can you believe that?"



Let's talk about it. Naloxone, commonly referred to as Narcan or Evzio is a "medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose." According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Naloxone basically reverses the effects of an overdose.

As you see on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and every other social media platform in the world, "junkies" get indirectly bashed, undermined, and in a nutshell, told that they don't deserve a place on earth.

The most common argument used by "non-addicts" is "I have to pay for my Insulin for my diabetes, but they get Narcan for free? Wow, our government sucks and the system is a joke."

For those of you that don't know, diabetes is a disease in which the body's ability to produce or respond to the hormone, insulin, is impaired, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood and urine.

There are two types of this disease: Type 1 Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes that result from a variety of different factors. Diabetes can be acquired through genetics but can also be personally obtained through lifestyle, depending on the type. Aside from genetics and being born into a diabetic family, you may also be diagnosed with diabetes as a result of physical inactivity, high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol, and being overweight. In other words, if you let your body go, don't work out or do some type of physical activity, let your high blood pressure go untreated, and eat unhealthy foods; you have a chance of developing diabetes.

Next, let's talk about prices.

On average, Insulin costs $200 monthly. This depends on the brand, personal insurance, coupons, and other factors such as organizations that help people get cheaper insulin.

Narcan nasal spray costs $130 for a two-time use. You can buy it at CVS Pharmacy (and other pharmacies) in states such as Ohio, Arkansas, California, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin. Some of these states may require a prescription.

Now that you know that Narcan/Evzio isn't free, it's time to talk about other charges that are brought upon addicts when they overdose. If an ambulance is called, they have to pay for it. If they are sent to the emergency room, they also have to pay for that.

The idea that "junkies" get Narcan for free is something society has made up to make drug users feel even more guilt than they already do from having an addiction alone.

Believe it or not, most of us are addicted to something that can be fatal or cause illness/injury. If you eat processed foods or sugar ridden foods every day, chances are you have an addiction to sugar. The withdrawal that someone has from quitting sugar is similar to the withdrawal that one goes through from quitting heroin. You get a splitting headache, you have cold sweats, you are moody, and it makes you sick. If you drink coffee all day on most days and you try to quit, it results in an awful headache for a few days. The addiction to cigarettes and the withdrawal that people go through for that speaks for itself; we all know a smoker or an ex-smoker.

Instead of following social norms, degrading drug users and putting ourselves on a pedestal because we don't use heroin or another "hard drug," we should advocate for the health and stand up for each other. If you see someone on the street that you know is a drug user, pull them aside and pray with them. Help them find a better life. Recommend church, rehab, or any other ideas that may be at your fingertips to mention.

The moral of the story is this: we all have an addiction, hypocrisy is at it's finest thanks to social media, and we are all human. Walk a mile in someone else's shoes before you judge them. It doesn't cost a dime to shed light on someone's life, especially when they are in need.

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