Happy new year! It’s that time again, where we write the incorrect date on documents for the next month. It’s also a great opportunity to take the time to work on our goal-setting skills. Here at Oak Learners, we encourage students to constantly set new goals and work on their metacognitive skills so they can become effective and successful people, growing every day. So to get you started, here are four ideas to help you set your new year’s resolutions for 2022!
1. Practice Mindfulness
Saying the past few years have been stressful is an understatement. We understand that the world has been in a state of uncertainty for so long and sometimes it can be hard to find the calm within the storm. However, increasing mindfulness and reducing daily stresses and anxiety is proven to increase your focus, cognitive flexibility and help you build resilience towards new challenges. If you’re not sure where to start, check out this blog that we wrote this month titled 5 Mindfulness Activities for Kids. A lot of these mindfulness activities not only apply to kids, and can be extremely helpful for beginning the mindfulness process.
2. Be More Active
Here is the beloved new year’s resolution everyone loves to mention, the dreaded goal we all set in January but never stick to. However, we are not suggesting setting the goal to lose weight! The Canadian Food Guide recommends that children get at least 60 minutes of activity a day while adults should aim for 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week. That works out to about a 20-30 minute brisk walk a day. Being active only takes a small portion of your day and is shown to increase productivity and creativity while decreasing stress and other health complications.
3. Get Better Sleep
Sleep is our bodies’ charger and we need good quality sleep to feel healthy and rested. Although we seem to brag about our lack of sleep on a daily basis, not sleeping well can lead to many avoidable problems. Cleveland Clinic suggests poor quality sleep or lack of sleep leads to memory problems, relationship stress and can even lead to deeper health issues including heart issues, diabetes, and depression. Using a sleep tracker is a great way to track the amount of sleep you’re getting. Bedtime reminders on your phone are a great way to ensure that you start winding down at an appropriate time to get enough sleep in preparation for the next day. Moreover, if you can afford a smartwatch, many include a feature that allows you to monitor the quality of sleep you’re achieving in addition to the amount. Creating better sleep habits can lead to a great start to the new year.
4. Focus on Learning
Whether you’re a student or an adult, learning is the door to new opportunities. As a student, focusing only on the grades and not the learning process can lead to unnecessary stress and anxiety. While earning a great mark is rewarding in the moment if you put effort into the material you are learning it will pay off in the long run as you apply your knowledge in real-life situations. As an adult, learning a new skill can grow new hobbies and lead to new ways to destress.
We hope these ideas have inspired you to set new goals for the upcoming year. New year, new habits, same you! Share your new year’s resolutions with us on Instagram @oaklearners! Oak Learners has great day school and tutoring options. You can check out the day school where students learn all kinds of skills. If you want personalized one on one tutoring online or in-person sessions as well, Oak Learners offers private tutoring here!
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