by Nicole Washington
Scratch that, New Years Goals is more like it. Why do we choose to make “resolutions”? What does that even mean? Well, according to one of the many definitions on dictionary.com, a resolution is primarily a change in the state of mind towards resolving. It is a way of taking action towards the resolution of some conflict, issue, or problem you may be facing. But why make a resolution to fight something, when you can make a goal to change something?
Instead of being driven by fear, such as the fear of gaining too much weight, not fitting in your clothing, or not exercising enough, make a goal to change your behaviors. Don’t just change your diet, change how you view the food you eat. For example, when you research what to incorporate our take out of your diet, make sure you stay true to yourself as well. Don’t eat things that you know you dislike to your core, because it will simply make your new diet that much more difficult to maintain. However, be open to new food ideas as well. For example, instead of eating plain yogurt for breakfast every day, eat plain yogurt with blueberries and whole grains. Feel free to mix and match foods as you like, and while most healthy foods tend to taste bland on their own, when you mix them together, they can make for some fantastic concoctions!
If you don’t have enough hours in the day to exercise or go to a gym, take five minutes out of your day to simply stretch. If you are sitting at your desk between classes, take the time to stretch out your neck and shoulders. Yes, people will give you strange looks, but they will get over it, and some may even become curious and ask you about what you are doing. Also, when you get home after a long day at work and you’re in the shower, take that time to stretch out your muscles as well. Your body will thank you later! Also, if you are feeling extra perky in the morning, do some jumping jacks, push ups, and if you know yoga, feel free to do a quick vinyasa!
All I’m saying is, in the year 2014, take a moment to stop and smell the roses. You don’t always have to be in a hurry all the time, and you are the most important asset to yourself. Make it a goal to be happy and healthy, not just a resolution. Make long term goals and short term goals, and don’t let short term failures allow you to fail. Don’t just make 2014 a good year, make every year after 2014 a good year.
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