The Resolutions

You’ll Need This New Year 

By NADIA MURADY | December 11, 2019

Cover photo by Patrick Perkins / Unsplash


The year is coming to an end soon, and as always, people are making resolutions for the upcoming year.

You might’ve promised yourself to start eating healthy, exercise more or stop procrastinating, but we all know that it’s not easy to keep up with your resolutions. We usually forget about implementing the resolutions into our daily lives and thus fall back into our old habits.

However, resolutions don’t need to be huge and life-changing from day one; it takes time and effort to develop a new habit. Therefore, it’s better to take small steps toward achieving your final goal. 

The most important tip that I can give you is to put yourself first this new year. Self-care encompasses more than just applying a face-mask and watching your favorite show – it’s also about looking after yourself. Check up on yourself mentally and physically, make sure you eat balanced meals and stop letting people walk over you. Self-care also involves exercising, not necessarily to become #bodygoals, but for your overall health. It’s helpful to do a morning stretch after you wake up and move more throughout the day between classes. 

Another life-changing step is to limit your screen time. I know it’s straightforward and easy to say, but imagine all the work that you can get done within those 4 hours you spent scrolling through Instagram. 

Do not forget about your wallet in 2020, because it’s essential to start saving up at this point in life. Try looking for realistic ways to budget your expenses by adapting them towards your personal lifestyle. Trust me, you’ll thank yourself in the future for doing this.

And last but not least, don’t forget about the environment. Become more aware of your own actions and consider making small changes to help the planet. Think of ways to fight food waste and start making conscious purchases. Interested in how you can become more sustainable? Stay updated with The Magazine for an upcoming issue with the UvA Green Office!

Don’t give up on the first try; it’s okay to have a cheat day every now and then. No matter what New Year’s resolution you make, the key is to create a solid routine that incorporates these new habits into your daily life.

Let us at The Amsterdammer know what resolutions you’re making this year!

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