New Year’s Resolutions in all 6 Dimensions of Wellness

By: Sydney Callahan ’15, University of Maryland Health Center, Peer Educator

Many of us make New Year’s resolutions that are unrealistic or too general and vague.

Start your new year off with a BANG by setting smart wellness resolutions. Photo credit: Flickr user c r i s (click for original)

Start your new year off with a BANG by setting smart wellness resolutions.
Photo credit: Flickr user c r i s (click for original)

When you think about your New Year’s resolution for 2014, remember the acronym SMART, which stands for:

  • Specific – make sure your resolution is focused and that you can answer the questions of who, what, when, where, and why.
  • Measurable – determine how you will measure your progress.
  • Attainable – ask yourself if you are really ready to commit to your resolution.
  • Realistic – choose a resolution that is a challenge, but not impossible.
  • Time-bound – set a deadline.

Some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions relate to working out more or eating a more nutritious diet, but there are many other forms of self-improvement that contribute to our overall sense of personal well-being.

Here is some inspiration for possible New Year’s resolutions in all 6 dimensions of wellness.

Emotional Wellness

  • Get rid of negative self-talk. Negative self talk lead to feelings of failure and stress.  Try talking to yourself as if you are talking to a close friend and you might see a boost in your self-esteem and overall mental health. Leave notes around your room or bathroom to remind yourself of your resolution that say sings such as “you are amazing”.
  • Let go of worry. Many things that we worry about are out of our control and may never even happen. Try writing down your worries every day or week to help you let go of them.

Physical Wellness

Social Wellness

  • Join a new student organization. Pick 3 organizations you may want to join and attend the first meeting of each before deciding on one to continue being involved in. Check out Maryland’s OrgSync for a complete listing of the organizations on campus.
  • Instead of texting all the time, call a friend or meet up with them face-to face-when you want to talk. Talking to someone on the phone or in person will help you build better communication skills and will also help connect on a deeper level with that person.

Occupational Wellness

  • Find a summer internship. Visit the Career Center for help with updating or creating your resume, practicing interview skills, and researching possible employers.
  • Decide on your major if you haven’t already. If you need help deciding consider registering for EDCP108C: Choosing a Major or visit the Counseling Center for major walk-in hours.

Intellectual Wellness

  • Read at least one book each month for fun! This is really where you can practice your SMART goal setting.  Is one book a month realistic and attainable? Maybe it’s one book per semester.
  • Pay more attention to the news. Many of us don’t realize what is happening in the world outside of our campus during the school year, so try watching the news every morning or just reading a few of the top news stories online.

Spiritual Wellness

Share your ideas! What are your New Year’s resolutions?

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