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Ideas and Activities to Help You Kickstart the New Year

January 17, 2022

January marks the beginning of a new year and a fresh start. For some, this may look like cleaning your residence hall room, apartment, or house, or buying that one item you’ve been saving up for. For others, this may be a time to reflect on all you’ve accomplished over the past year. Either way, you get to decide what the year ahead holds. If you need some ideas for new year habits or practices, we offer a few below. 

Take A Personal Inventory 

1. Prioritize all levels of your health. Make it a priority to focus on your physical, mental, and emotional health. It is crucial as we settle into another year of an ongoing pandemic. Resources for your mental and physical health are available on campus. The Counseling Center offers private and confidential mental health services, and the Wellness Center offers virtual fitness classes.

2. Switch up your daily routine. The beginning of a new year is a great time to switch up your routine. It can help encourage more productivity and better your mood. Try setting your alarm clock earlier and use the extra time to go for a quick walk before you begin the day, or practice a no-phone hour before bed.

3. Practice gratitude. Amid the pandemic, gratitude is something we have been clinging to. It helps refocus attention onto positive moments, rather than the challenges. Try making a list of things you are grateful for, such as a sunny day or your pet, at the start or end of each day.

4. Give yourself a grace period. Taking a little break mentally or emotionally is always good for the soul. 2020 and 2021 have been a whirlwind of all sorts. Allow yourself space to put aside the hustle mentality and let the new year settle in.

Make a Different Kind of New Year’s Resolutions List

For some, a comforting staple of the new year is writing a list of resolutions for the upcoming year. It begins with reflection, moves to accomplishments, and ends with future goals. Here are a few ideas for resolutions to kickstart your list. 

When I go through tough times, I will trust that everything will work out. 

I will practice letting go of expectations. 

I will appreciate the little things.

I will notice how and when my body needs to recharge.

I will get rid of the notion that caring for myself looks the same as it does for anyone else.