New Year, New You
It’s that time again, a new year, time to set goals to make this year better than the last. Improving our health is usually high on our priority list when setting New Year goals and if it is not then it may be a good time to begin setting health goals.
According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), students’ academic success is directly impacted by their mental and physical health which can be directly influenced by their diet and exercise. Setting goals that emphasize better health is important to overall functioning. It is no secret that goal setting can be a challenging task, so set specific realistic attainable goals with smaller goals leading up to a larger overall goal. After you set your goals tell someone, this will help keep you accountable. It is also important to incorporate self-compassion throughout the process and remember that missteps along the way are normal and okay. Remember to be gentle with yourself, keep motivated and don’t give up on your goals.
Using a goal setting model such as SMART Goals which outlines specific characteristics that all goals should have can help with the goal setting process:
Utilizing the university resources can help students reach their health goals. The Student Health Clinic offers free health physicals for students, call 404-413-1930 for an appointment. The Student Recreation Center offers a variety of services including free fitness classes, outdoor recreational services, aquatic facilities, personal training, intramurals and sports clubs. There are also many free fitness apps available on most smartphones that students can utilize on an off campus.
Students often become so busy with their classes and other demands that they frequently neglect to make healthy nutritional choices. Taking active steps to improve diet is possible right here at the university. Students can schedule an appointment with Leslie Knapp our university dietitian and learn new and innovative ways to alter their diet.
When setting self-improvement goals, it is imperative that we are also mindful of our psychological and mental health needs. Our body can only be as healthy as our mind. Chronic stress, anxiety and depression can have detrimental effects on our bodies such as sleep problems, weight changes and lowered immune system. The Georgia State University Counseling and Testing Center offers free counseling services, a mind and body clinic and psychiatric services.