5 Realistic New Year's Resolutions

5 Realistic New Year's Resolutions

"I'm gonna cut out sugar!" Okay, Carol, sure you are.

1. Take time every day for yourself.

In the hustle and bustle of college, it seems normal to grind from the time you wake up until you can barely keep your eyes open while reading your textbook. In 2018, take time every single day for yourself. Whether it be five minutes or longer, taking the time to do something you love will do more than just give you a much-needed break: it will improve your mental health infinitely. My favorite way to practice this is to take time before I go to bed to pray my rosary.

2. Make it to the gym one more days a week than you do currently.

If you never go to the gym, try to go to the gym once a week. It's hard to decide all of a sudden that you're going to go to the gym every single day. Once you build one day a week into your busy schedule, you'll be able to add more days as the year goes on. Health doesn't happen overnight!

3. Focus on your mental health.

You can't pour from an empty cup, y'all. In 2018, take time and energy to pay attention to the way you're feeling, and actively make decisions which make you feel happy and whole. The best mood tracker I've found is an app called Pacifica, and it will randomly ask you to evaluate your mood throughout the day and has choices within the app to help change that towards something more positive. The moral of the story here is that your mental health is infinitely more important than school.

4. Eat breakfast. Seriously, just do it.

Wake up those fifteen minutes earlier and eat breakfast. Eating breakfast will help you concentrate during those early morning classes, and will help prevent you from snacking throughout the morning to get to lunch. It can also help you lead to making healthier decisions when it comes time to pick out your lunch. I know fifteen minutes more of sleep is valuable, but like, breakfast.

5. Actually get (at least) 8 hours of sleep a night.

Sleep is so important, and college culture is so ingrained in us that we think we don't need sleep. Our brains function so much better when we've had a good night's sleep, that pulling an all-nighter to study is actually worse for you than studying and getting a good night's sleep. Help your brain remember that information for that huge OChem exam, and keep your immune system fighting off campus plague, and for the love of Pete, get eight hours of sleep.

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Spring Is Here, And So Is Spring Cleaning

Let's get this over with.

Spring has arrived! Now finally we can forget about those long cold months and focus on the positive. It is a beautiful thing when the flowers start blossoming and the air becomes lighter and warmer. It reminds us winter will not last forever and warmer weather awaits. However, it is also a reminder that with the warmer weather comes our favorite thing to do-clean. Spring cleaning is in the air. It is the season of organizing, cleaning, and straightening-up all around.

What you should be cleaning for spring cleaning.

Your bedding.

This one is major in order to get ready for the warmer weather. We often clean our sheets, maybe not enough, but we do. However, we neglect sometimes to clean our bed spread ever so often. According to Good Housekeeping, we should be washing our comforter 2-3 times a year. So, needless to say the seasonal change is a good reminder to wash your comforter.

Your wardrobe.

Now, the key here is not washing, but rather organizing. Looking through your clothes will help you see clearly what fits and allow you to give away the clothes that no longer work. Organizing will also open your eyes to the new clothing there is to buy.

Your refrigerator.

Time to start fresh with food as well. According to the wall street journal, Americans clean out their fridges once or twice a year. Like many other things, we neglect to clean out our fridges as much as we need to. Spring cleaning is a helpful reminder to start not only cleaning, but also organizing our fridges.

Your car.

The warm weather is always a good motivator to wash your car brand new.

Your dust piles.

It doesn't matter the amount of vacuuming or dusting dust appears in the air all around us and will always collect on everything and anything. So, to start the new season and to help those who suffer the season with pollen and dust allergies, it is a good idea to wipe everything down to kick off the fresh air

*Plants are also a great idea to clean the air if dust is a major issue.*

And everyone forgets about those old body care products...

Looking through your lotions, body care items, and even make-up is not a bad idea. It is something we usually tend to forget, but something that we should all be doing. Expired make-up and body care products can cause rashes and break outs. Clearing them out now will help spring sand summer run a little bit smoother!

Hopefully these tips will help spring feel fresh and inviting.

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5 Activities For Spring-Breakers Staying At Home

Some fun suggestions for those students not going to the beach for spring break.

For many universities nationally, spring break is approaching or is already set into gear. Many students plan out fun trips around the States, hoping their week off is filled with sunshine, beaches, and fun times. For those who don't get this stereotypical spring break experience, fear not. I have compiled a list of activities to do or try for those unable to go far for vacation.

1. Go on a hike

Yes, you can be envious of someone sunbathing on the beach, but how fun is that after about an hour into that sunburn? Go spend a day at any amusement park in the area! This can be a whole day full of fun rides, food, and people.

3. Try out some new recipes

If you've read any of my past articles, you'd know I'm a foodie and love trying out new recipes. What better time to do that than spring break? Try having a fresh recipe every night for dinner or maybe every morning for breakfast. Not only do you get the joy of experimenting, but you'll also have some new dishes you can show off to your friends when they get back.

4. Look up top things to do in your area

That's right, like I mentioned earlier, Google is your best friend. I do this all the time, especially when I have friends visiting. Some of the activities that come up are really touristy, but honestly, you end up having a good time. You can also look things up on Groupon and take a friend or family member on a discounted adventure.

5. Work

OK, you caught me, this particular suggestion may not sound as fun or exciting. However, think about all the extra cash you'd be making. While all your friends spent their money on their expensive spring break, you made some spending money you can use for the last few months of school, I consider that fun.

6. Start a project

My go to is always knitting, but it doesn't have to be yours. Try maybe making some sort of video project or maybe a journal. It's honestly up to you, but starting some sort of project is always a great way to kill time and accomplish something.

7. Clean out your closet

You know that one outfit you haven't worn since your freshman year of high school? Yeah, get rid of it. In fact, go through your entire closet and clean out all the clothes your either don't wear anymore or that just don't fit. Not only do you have a whole bunch of room for new clothes, but you also earn some brownie points from your mom for doing somewhat of a chore.

8. Go camping

This is something you can do at a local campground or even in your backyard. I loved just putting up a tent when I was little and camping with my family. You can tell some fun ghost stories and even roast some marshmallows.

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Hopefully, those of you who read this found my suggestions helpful. Feel free to reach out and make more suggestions. Have a wonderful break!

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