Dear Campus Chronicle,
Every year I make New Year’s resolutions and I have never been able to follow through with any of them. I have never been able to keep one for longer than two weeks. I know everyone says this, but I would really like 2018 to be a year of real change. So, how do I keep my resolutions?
- New Year, New Me
Dear New Year, New Me,
You are not alone in this struggle. In fact, of the nearly 40 percent of Americans that regularly make New Year’s resolutions, only 8 percent of them follow through with them. I understand, the numbers can be discouraging, but all hope is not lost. I’ve laid out five simple steps that will help you stay on track:
Cut Down Your List: Don’t overwhelm yourself with a list of 20+ resolutions. Instead, narrow it down to three to five goals that are really important to you. It is unrealistic to make 20 drastic life changes overnight. Choose the ones that are most important to you, and save the rest for next year’s list.
Be Realistic: You’re probably not going to be able to earn a billion dollars in a year, so don’t put it on your list. Choose resolutions that fit in with your lifestyle, budget and personality. If you’re still looking to save that billion dollars, make it your 20-year plan, not your New Year’s resolution.
Talk About It: It’s important to have people hold you accountable. You don’t have to post your resolution list on Facebook or Instagram, but telling a few close friends and family members can be really helpful. They can be a great support system to help you throughout the difficult parts of your journey, and be your cheer squad for when things are going well.
Break it Down: Most of the time people write vague resolutions. For example, “get healthy” or “stop procrastinating.” When your goals are too vague, they are difficult to follow. You can’t eat a loaf of bread in one bite (no, that was not a challenge), you have to cut it into slices. Do that same thing with your resolutions. If your goal is to get healthy, break it down into manageable steps. Such as eating daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables, trying to stop drinking soda, or exercising for 30 minutes each day. This will make your goals seem less overwhelming and help you feel more confident, and let’s be honest, that’s half the battle.
Forgive Yourself: It is inevitable, at some point on your journey, you’re going to mess up. At this point, don’t give up on your resolution and wait for 2019 to come along. Instead, acknowledge your mistake and get back on track. There is no reason to shame yourself. You’re human, which is to say you’re going to mess up. The sooner you realize that, the more successful you’ll be.
Dear Campus Chronicle,
I’m a freshman and I have to be honest, I was really nervous about starting college this school year. I was scared to go out and meet new people. So, I stayed in my room almost all of fall quarter. I don’t want to do that this quarter, but I don’t how to get involved. Please, help me!
Dear Frustrated Freshman, I understand why you were nervous. Starting college can be nerve racking for anyone, especially if it’s your first time being away from home. However, don’t worry, it isn’t too late to get involved! PUC has so many ways for you to make new friends and step out of your comfort zone.
Go to Life Light: Life Light happens every Friday at 8 p.m. in Dauphnee Chapel. First and foremost, this is a great way to strengthen your relationship with God. Your Religious Vice President, Andy Palomares, and his team have made sure to bring variety to your worship experience while keeping it relevant to college life. You also have the opportunity to make new friends. Challenge yourself to sit next to someone new and introduce yourself. Bonus, after Life Light there is After Light and they usually serve food!
Join a Club: PUC has 17 clubs on campus, so you’re bound to find one that will fit your interests. It’s also a great opportunity to learn something new. The best part is you don’t have to be a member to attend most of their events, so you can try them all! Keep an eye out for posters and emails advertising each event so you can add them to your calendar.
Go to SA Events: Each weekend Social Vice Kirpa Batth and her team host an SA event, and this is one of the best ways to get involved. Kirpa plans these events to be highly interactive and entertaining, it’s almost impossible to go away having not met someone new. Next time you feel tempted to stay in on the weekend, make your way over to the SA event. I promise, you won’t regret it.
Go to Class: Calculus may seem like an odd place to make a new friend, but surprisingly it works. Sometimes that person you were randomly partnered up with can become a good friend. And almost everyone is eager to join a study group, so invite the people sitting next to you in class to join one. You know what they say, “misery loves company.” And let’s be honest, studying for a test is not always top on the list of fun things to do. One last thing, if you find yourself feeling unusually anxious, lonely or suspect you may be depressed, don’t hesitate to visit the Counseling Center. You can reach them at, (707) 965-7080 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear Campus Chronicle,
I would really like to get fit this year. I don’t really like to exercise, and I don’t know how to choose healthy food options. Can you help me?
Dear Busy Student,
I would like you to note that I am not a medical professional. Before you begin a new exercise regimen, or change your diet, you must consult a medical professional.
It is important to prioritize your health and it can be especially difficult to do so as a college student, but it’s not impossible. Two of the key components to fitness are diet and exercise. Unfortunately, there is no secret pill or magic tea that can take the place of either of these.
And contrary to popular belief, an apple a day doesn’t necessarily keep the doctor away. Basically, what I am trying to say is there is no easy fix. Fitness takes work. However, there are ways to make fitness more enjoyable while being able to fit it into your busy schedule.
When you’re in college, maintaining a healthy diet is likely at the bottom of your priority list. Sometimes it may seem like you have no convenient, healthy options. But, that is not true. The cafeteria serves wellness option during lunch, which is a healthier alternative to the daily special. Instead of reaching for candy bar or a bag of chips, grab a fresh fruit or vegetable. When you’re craving a soda, drink water. You’ll be surprised at how quickly it can curb a craving.
Changing your diet is just the first part if this journey; you also have to exercise. You may not enjoy doing it, but it is essential. Fortunately, there is more than one way to exercise. If you don’t like running, you can try something else like swimming, yoga or Zumba. Keep trying different activities until you find one that you actually like.
Part of the reason you may not enjoy exercising is because it is inconvenient for you. So, don’t force yourself to work out in the evening if you’re more of a morning person. It’s important to push yourself during each work out, but it is just as important to rest and recover. Your muscles need time to heal and you don’t want to get injured because of overexerting yourself. Set aside at least 30 minutes a day, five times a week to exercise. It may seem like a lot but, trust me, time will fly when you’re doing something you enjoy.
Remember, fitness is not about the size or shape of your body. It is a state of health and well-being. Fitness looks different on everybody, so don’t compare yourself to other people. Focus on being active, eating healthy and loving your body during every part of the process.