[cs_content][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ class=”cs-ta-left” style=”padding: 0px;”][x_blockquote cite=”” type=”left” class=”introduction”]Lois Worrow addresses the harsh truths of sticking to New Year resolutions[/x_blockquote][x_image type=”rounded” src=”http://www.rebelessex.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/fireworks-newyear.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=”” class=”image”][cs_text class=”caption”]”New Year, New Me.” Photo Credit: Pexels[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text]I don’t think I would be wrong to say that many of us were somewhat thrilled to bid farewell to 2016

The combination of Trump, celebrity deaths and Maddie Ziegler leaving Dance Moms pretty much guarantees this. Whether you were downing a few shots or tucked up in bed as the clock hit twelve, many of us turned our attention to the oncoming year. Would Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood join forces on a new baking show? Would the Joe Biden/Obama bromance succeed away from the White House? Will I fulfil even one of my New Year’s resolutions?
Here’s a roundup of the most common and unrealistic resolutions, with some alternatives that might be easier to stick to.
[/cs_text][x_blockquote cite=”” type=”left” class=”quote”]”The idea of hitting the gym doesn’t fill me with joy”[/x_blockquote][cs_text] 1. I will join the gym and go every day!

All good intentions wear thin after a few weeks, let’s be real, and for me the gym is normally first to be hit.

For someone who doesn’t revel in feeling judged for only managing five minutes on a treadmill, the idea of hitting the gym doesn’t fill me with joy. However, ‘New Year New start’, and there are fitness classes run on campus which sound a little bit less intimidating like Pilates, Yoga and Fitsteps. I may not be ready to hit the real gym but this girl still wants abs.

2. I will give up chocolate
I actually have a friend who did this and stuck to it for the entire year. This friend is not someone to aspire to- ‘everything in moderation’ may be easier to commit to.

But being realistic is key. For example, chocolate M&Ms are a necessity when you are two and a half hours into a lecture on different type fonts. No amount of dried fruit will do the trick by that point.
[/cs_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://www.rebelessex.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/diary-breakfast.jpeg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=”” class=”image”][cs_text class=”caption”]”I will be more organised.” Photo Credit: Pexels[/cs_text][cs_text]3. I will save money

This is all well and good until Starbucks bring back their PSL in September. Because after then I may as well have shares in the place and won’t have a penny to my name.

Learning to budget is an integral part of being independent- but is something, especially as students, many of us tend to struggle with. I mean, there is nothing wrong with treating yourself to a coffee as long as you can afford to switch on your lights too- you feel me?

4. I will be more organised

With uni there is always so much to think about, that something has to give. And for many it’s organisation that takes a hit.
This year, planning for deadlines is a must for most of us. Set yourself a clear and realistic goal of where you want to be in two weeks’ time, a month, and the end of term- that way hopping aboard the bus to the town of procrastination won’t be an option (*punches the air*).
[/cs_text][x_blockquote cite=”” type=”left” class=”quote”]”With uni there is always so much to think about, that something has to give”
[/x_blockquote][cs_text]5.I will start revising early

Buy snazzy revision cards, make a song, order a Domino’s- Whatever you need to get you through the finer details of the UK’s judicial system.

6. I will always be on time

As a passionate advocate for sleep this is the start of testing times.
Being on time, be it for work or uni, will give you more motivation for the rest of the day and you will be more productive (plus your tutors will appreciate it too!).
[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][/cs_content]

Rebel Essex
rebel@essex.ac.uk