Drop the Old and Bring in the New
By Sarahi Garcia
It's 2021 and it's a new year to make new resolutions. Although we make new resolutions, let's all be honest how many of us actually accomplish them? The number of times I made a resolution to cut down on my screen time, exercise more, and read more, I always end up forgetting about them until the new year rolls around. Since we were given so much free time in 2020, I started to focus on my habits and thought of how I can change my habits to better fulfill some of my resolutions. So it’s time to drop the bad habits, and build some new ones so we can ALL better fulfill our resolutions.
Stop saying “I’ll do it later”: We all put off doing something like exercising, doing an assignment, or even hanging out with friends. Avoiding to do something isn’t going to motivate you to get things done, it's just going to cause more stress and frustration upon yourself. The sooner you finish what you have to do, the sooner you can continue with your day feeling satisfied that you completed something so simple. I suggest making a to-do list with all the things you need to accomplish that day, by doing so you can physically see all the things you have accomplished by the end of the day. Don’t stress yourself with all that you didn't accomplish, instead give yourself credit for accomplishing all the things you did do.
Don’t focus on the negative: To motivate ourselves we all need to put ourselves in a good and healthy mindset. By focusing on the negative, we limit our thinking and we prevent ourselves from getting things done. Instead of filling your head with negative thoughts, take time to recognize three things you find good about yourself. You can also recognize your negative thoughts and replace those thoughts with positive remarks. We all have the days that bring us down, but that shouldn't keep us from persevering anything on our to-do list.
Lastly, practice self-care: We shouldn't burn ourselves out just because we had an off day. Take care of yourself by treating yourself to something good to eat, getting some rest, and even getting out of your chair to stretch and walk around. We often fail to take care of ourselves, because we overbook ourselves with tasks. Keeping busy isn't always healthy, sometimes we need to slow down and give ourselves some attention. By taking care of yourself both physically and mentally you are likely to have a more positive and healthier attitude with yourself and others. Everyone needs to understand that anyone can practice self-care!
We all deserve to fulfill our resolutions, we just need to pay attention to our habits, and consider changing them. By changing our habits we enable ourselves to be more productive and hopefully fulfill our resolutions. Understanding and accepting change is important, especially as we all grow up and become more independent. Know that whatever you choose to do, is done for you, and not for anyone else.