Having a Happy Holiday Season With Anxiety

by Grace Frunk – Ad Manager

A new year often seems like the perfect time to make a change, or several. It starts out as a good idea, but often seems that around two weeks in, the change becomes too much work or too tiring. Making changes, whether big or small, should be easy and come with many benefits.
When it comes to finding a way to make changes stick, it can be easy as buying a planner from the Dollar Store. However, the first step is deciding what changes are desired.
Start by making two lists. One list is the things that need to be changed. Examples include procrastinating, or sleep habits. This list should include the things that cannot wait, things that are constantly affecting day-to-day life.
The second list should be the things that you want to be change. Examples include being more involved with friends and family, or trying to be more organized. This list should be the things that have been a burden on either the day-to-day life or could have an impact on the daily life if they do not change.
These lists then need to be put in order. Rank each change into most realistic to maintain to least realistic to maintain. This list will help break down everything and create, what is hopefully, the final list.
Now, you can begin the final list. Working on these changes can take time and be tiring, but by keeping the goal in mind, it will not be impossible.
Keeping a journal and logging the progress of the desired changes will help to not just remind yourself of the goal, but keep track of your improvements and how close you are to reaching the desired change.
If your goal is to stop procrastinating, then try writing out the time needed for homework. At 6:30 spend one hour on math homework. At 7:30, spend 10 minutes to take a break. At 7:40, start English homework. Putting a time limits on homework, work, community service, and other activities, will be very helpful to keep the mind on track and force you to stay on track with the timed out homework.
When it comes to things like sleeping habits or staying organized, try looking up YouTube videos or blogs that have different ideas on ways to help those issues. In a journal, it will helpful to keep track of what tips end up working and therefore can be used in the future.
Changes will not happen instantly; it takes about 30 days for a habit to stick. Always remember, that a habit can be lost easier than it can be gained. Writing in a journal may be time consuming and tedious, but it will help out in the long run, as you will be able to reflect throughout your journal.
Trying out new things and making changes can be difficult and may seem like it is not worth it. Sometimes a change is not, but at least it was tried. A change may not work now, but in the future it could.
No matter what, attempting to make a change will have some benefits. Even if no change is needed, it can be fun to try out something different. Changes come and go, but trying working towards different goals will help to find a new balance and help to create fresh energy in the new year.

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