New Year’s resolutions are easy to make – and often easier to break. However, if you make the right resolutions and ensure they are perfectly doable, you’ll find they can help you achieve far more in 2018 than you thought was possible. Take a look at some of the best resolutions for college students that can help improve your grades and enhance your college experience.
#1: Exercise every day
Exercise does not necessarily mean you need to spend 30 minutes at the gym every day. However, its effect on your ability to perform at your best is clear. According to a study published by The Physiological Society, and conducted by researchers at the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland, exercise improves the brain’s function. Specifically, sustained aerobic exercise is most beneficial for the brain’s health, but getting any exercise could help improve memory, cognitive abilities, and overall better mental function.
#2: Get a full night’s rest
Getting sleep – 6 to 8 hours each night – when you’re taking classes seems impossible when you have so much to do and little time to do it. A study published by the National Institutes of Health indicates that irregular sleep schedules are present in up to 70 percent of college students. The study looked at the consequences of not getting enough sleep. Sleepiness can cause students to struggle with learning and memory. It can also change your perception of how well you are working – or how hard you are working. It impacts your cognitive abilities while also increasing your risk of developing sleep disorders.
#3: Improve your diet
The food you eat contributes to your ability to perform well in school. It’s easy to grab fast food or something pre-made out of the cafeteria because it’s fast. However, doing so could put you at a disadvantage. Dr. Michael Roizen, the Cleveland Clinic’s Chief Wellness Officer, provides a clear breakdown of what foods to eat to boost brain health. They include more fatty fish, flax seeds, more nuts, and spinach. Adding in fruits and vegetables of any type can help, too. It all contributes to providing the brain with important nutrients.
#4: Minimize stress
It’s clear stress is a factor in your ability to achieve your best. The American Institute of Stress reports that 8 in 10 college students say they struggle with stress. Worrying about grades and relationships are key concerns. In addition, most students are under pressure financially, struggle with time management, and have to deal with social stressors. It’s a lot to take in. You need stress relief – it’s good for you. Exercise in general is a natural stress reliever, even low-impact exercises like swimming or biking. You can also book a period of time every week to chill or do something unrelated to school. Getting back home for a weekend off each month can also help.
#5: Get organized
Here’s a tough one for many students. Getting organized is not just about making sure your notebooks are in order. Rather, consider creating a schedule (on your phone or a planner if you like) that lets you get things done sooner rather than later. For example, plan to wrap up every paper you have a day before it is due. Plan to meet with groups on campus by writing them down – treat them like an appointment. Aim to organize your finances by using just one credit card for purchases.
By taking the time to focus on these key areas, you’ll create New Year’s resolutions that make school more enjoyable, more beneficial, and more satisfying to you. Imagine what your year will be like when you put these resolutions to work for you.