Everyone has their own set of new year's resolutions they once thought about but never made it into reality. This year the resolutions may look a bit different. With the pandemic going on, everyone has different priorities than they might have had last year. Here is a list of unique, Covid - proof new year's resolutions

Go on a mini adventure

Go on a mini adventure in your own town or area. We shouldn’t expect to go on many tropical vacations this year, but we can always explore the place we are right now. I have lived in Breda for 1.5 years and I have probably only seen 20% of it. This year is the perfect time to take out your bike and explore without a final destination.

Write handwritten letters

Letting your friends and family know that you appreciate them is important. A text, of course, could work but the excitement of receiving a letter addressed to you is much more fun. A letter or card is something the receiving person can hold on to and read again when they are having a rough day. It only costs you 91 cents (in the Netherlands) to send a card and make someone's day.

Start a dream journal

Not everyone has the gift of always remembering their dreams but for those who do, write them down! Dreams are so interesting to read back and they make you think: How did my brain come up with that? The way to go about this is to put a notebook and a pen next to your bed and start writing immediately. That way you will remember the most and you’ll be able to write in as much detail as possible. It doesn't have to make complete sense or look pretty. Sometimes the best way to explain a dream is to draw it. If you are convinced you never remember your dreams this tip might work. Put the notebook and pen ready and tell yourself: Tonight, I’m going to remember my dream. If you really believe it, it will work. And don’t forget to put a date above it! It is interesting to know in which period of your life you were when you had the dream.

When trying to stick to new year's resolutions it is important to put down a plan of how you are going to do this. As students, we are all familiar with the SMART goals and as much as we don’t want to think about school this could come in handy. Most new year's resolutions fail because the goal was too vague. So, write down a Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely goal for the new year. For instance, ‘I want to go on a mini adventure in my area once a month during the year 2021’. This New Year's Eve might be a bit lonely but hopefully, we can start 2021 on the right foot with these resolutions. I wish you a happy new year!