By Claire Hatchell
As we start the new year, here is a list to help you expand your horizons and make 2023 your year!
1. Drink more water!
Easier said than done, but the benefits are limitless when you drink enough water. Just give it a shot and see how you feel! Your acne may clear up, energy may rise, and you may even become happier!
2. Start Journaling
I know, I know. As Greg Heffley says, keeping a diary is for girls, but it doesn’t have to be! Journaling may help you to release your thoughts on paper, instead of speaking them. Sometimes you may not have someone to talk to about certain things, so journaling is a great option! It helps to clear your mind and refresh your thoughts. Journaling allows you to track your feelings and keep note of your progress through the year. It may even increase confidence, improve your memory, and help you to reduce any built up anxiety that you are keeping inside! Give it a go and see how you feel!
3. Incorporate fun little things into your schedule
As we all know, life can be overwhelming at times. With school, sports, extracurriculars, family, work, etc. we can get caught up in the routine. However, introducing ways to do something for yourself or for your friends and family can reduce stress and allow you to give yourself a much needed break, even if it’s not very long these breaks are still very necessary!
4. Try a new hobby
It is proven that hobbies reduce stress, improve happiness, and improve mental health. The good thing about hobbies is that there are so many to choose from! Whether you want to go all out and start rock climbing, or start small with painting or drawing, they will both provide the same sense of joy! Do yourself a favor and look for a new hobby this year!
Reading can sound like the last thing you want to do after you finish all of your school work every day, but it can really be beneficial. Just like our body needs exercise, so does our brain and reading is a great way to do that! Reading improves focus, vocabulary, and sleep. Reading will also help you with those big words and passages on the ACT and SAT. Even if it’s a tiny rom com, try it out!