5 New Year’s resolutions that actually benefit students

Happy 2019 everybody! You’ve probably been unable to escape the constant buzz surrounding everyone’s New Year’s Resolutions recently. Whether it’s getting fit, eating clean, taking up vegetarianism, or waking up on time, everyone seems to be trying something new in aid of making their lives a little more positive. But the reality is that these new plans often fizzle out before they’ve even begun. According to a survey by BUPA and as shown in the Guardian, 43% of people break their resolutions within the first month of making them. 

So with this in mind, is it really worth making New Year’s resolutions? Take a look below, where we’ve compiled the most beneficial resolutions for all you uni students. The best thing about them is that they’re actually achievable, and don’t have to be implemented every day! Remember, every little helps…

Get a little more sleep, every night

Uni students are famed for their ability to sleep for copious lengths of time. Because of this, you probably think you’re not lacking in sleep-time at all, right? Wrong! Going to sleep at 1am and waking up at midday may seem like a good amount of sleep, but it really makes your body and mind more lethargic. The resolution: try to go to sleep between 15-30 minutes earlier every two nights, until your body adjusts to sleeping at a normal time, for example 11pm. If this is too difficult for you, reduce screen time before you sleep and opt for a hot drink and a book or puzzle instead. You’ll find it much easier to drift off, and your brain will thank you for the early nights in the form of better concentration levels and higher cognitive processes. 

Water, water, water

Did you know that for optimum body and brain functions, it is recommended that we drink around 8 glasses of water per day? That equates to around 2 litres from morning through to night. Drinking enough cold water is also proven to increase metabolic rates, improve the ability to concentrate, and flushes the body and skin of old toxins. The resolution: choose three days of the week and drink nothing but water on those three days. Giving up your morning coffee or evening G&T may seem difficult at first, but three days a week is not actually that often in the grand scheme of things. Drinking water through a straw is often recommended too, as you don’t realise how much you’re drinking as opposed to sipping from a glass. Try it and see if you notice any improvements! 

Organise your studies

New Year means out with the old, and in with the new, right? So take this as a universal sign to invest in some new stationary and organise your life that little bit more. You’ll need: 

  • A wall calendar
  • A diary/daily planner
  • Revision cards
  • New notepads
  • New biro and coloured pens
  • A desk tidy
  • A4 filing trays

And anything else that comes to mind! Check out the bargain or pound shops before you go splashing out on expensive stuff too. These shops can often offer the same quality stationary at much cheaper prices. The focus here is also on written work for your studies, instead of typing or screen work. After all, nearly all of your exams will be written; you don’t want to sit down at your exam and forget how to hold a pen. Good quality stationary not only looks great in your room, but often motivates you to do more work and studying than you normally would do. Who doesn’t love writing out neat, colourful revision cards?!

Reduce your transport usage

Especially if you live in a city or town where most places are accessible by foot. We’re always told of the benefits that public transport has on the environment as opposed to driving, but it still makes a slight dent in our banks. Push yourself to walk that little bit further. Not only will your wallet or purse feel heavier with the money you’ve saved from spending on taxis or buses, but your body will thank you for that extra 10 minute walk too. Class it as your daily exercise! If you need more motivation, try syncing your weekly food shop or errands with your housemates. This means you can walk to do your errands together, with the group motivation to get out and get active. No excuses allowed…

Be confident in your own skin 

Finally, confidence and self care are of the utmost importance, especially throughout your years at university. Whilst one of the best parts of uni is meeting new people and seeing things from a different perspective, don’t lose yourself in the buzz of social events and new cities. Don’t feel like you have to buy the newest clothes, go to all the social events, or invest in the best gadgets just to ‘keep up’ with everyone else. You’ll be meeting people from all walks of life, so it’s inevitable that your new friends and coursemates will be different to you. And that’s okay, because there’s only one of you. That’s what will provide the contrast and variety in your new friendship groups; not one of you will be the same! Own your personality, your style and your quirky characteristics. Empower yourself!


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Molly Hare

Molly Hare // Ex Magazine Editor // PR and Journalism student at Leeds Beckett // Book worm, cocktail connoisseur, gherkin fanatic //

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