Make change in moderation

Rachel Borashko

Now, I know a lot of us hate New Year’s resolutions, but bear with me. The new year reminds people that time is passing. We reflect on the year that has passed and ask ourselves what we’ve really done and what we’re currently doing. We should always be improving ourselves, this just happens to be the time of year that we remember that.

So let’s make a change. But don’t make it big.

Big changes are hard to make, and if you’re not up to that challenge, then don’t take it on. Let’s be honest, you’re just going to be disappointed with yourself if you quit next week. If you’re not going to follow through with a resolution, don’t make it, choose something else. Often, people make big resolutions and then don’t commit and then fall into a cycle of stagnation. Stagnance is the worst mistake you can make and is the worst trap to fall into.

We can all make a small change, though. Not wanting to make a big change is no excuse for making no change at all. Do something to better yourself. If you’re already perfect, do something to help the world. Resolve to spend just one or two extra hours studying each week. Decide to join a student organization that is committed to helping people or the environment.

Drink one less cup of coffee each day. Don’t do that. Drink more coffee, maybe. But maybe you could drink your coffee out of a reusable mug instead of throwing away so many cups. Commit to being a better listener. Watch less Netflix. Spend less time on social media if people’s posts just make you bitter. Walk to get your pizza instead of having it delivered. Call your grandma. If you’re not getting your vitamin C, resolve to eat every fruit.

For those with depression, anxiety, and other commonly suffered mental illnesses, even small changes can be difficult, but it is even more important for you to do something. Stagnance has likely been the norm. Commit to taking more showers or leaving your house more than once a week. Do the dishes more often. Do what it takes to see your psychiatrist if you’ve been avoiding it. Go to the Counseling Center for the first time if you have even the slightest thought you might need to. New Year’s resolutions are harder for you, I know. But push yourself out of your comfort zone a little at a time. Be willing to help yourself. Little changes can change your whole life. You are worth it. You deserve to be happy. Besides, it’s a good time to try to better yourself while everyone else is trying to do the same. The support can be helpful.

There are so many ways to better yourself. Even if it’s small or seems silly, do something.