New Year New Start: Build your vision for 2017
Welcome back to King’s and Happy New Year! As we step into 2017, our thoughts might be turning to academic and personal goals for the coming months. Sometimes, we can be tempted to set ourselves lofty targets that leave us more stressed than motivated and feeling disappointed when we don’t meet our own expectations. How many of us have banished all treats, signed up to the gym and pledged to spend an inordinate number of hours in the library, only to find ourselves binge-watching our favourite Netflix series, unhealthy snacks in hand a couple of weeks later? We’ve all been there! And that’s OK.
King’s Wellbeing takes a different approach. Firstly, we want you to celebrate your achievements in 2016. What went well? What are you proud of? Take a moment to reflect. And what did you learn? Even if everything didn’t go quite to plan, there is always something that we can take forward into the future to help us grow and we can feel proud of ourselves for making it through a difficult period.
Next week marks the start of our New Year New Start campaign and there’s a reason why we don’t subscribe to the ‘New Year New You’ motto that emerges every January. We don’t believe that there’s anything wrong with the old you! We believe in the resourcefulness of all our students to build on the foundation that is already there and become the best version of themselves.
So, let’s not focus exclusively on what we want to change and dwell too much on the negatives. Let’s look at where we want to be, what we want to achieve, and see 2017 as a year of new possibilities. Try and focus on manageable and tangible goals as part of an incremental process of positive growth. Don’t forget to recognise your successes along the way, however small, and remember to take care of your wellbeing! If you’re struggling to identify your goals and how to get there and would benefit from some support, why not make an appointment for some wellbeing coaching?
Don’t forget also that in addition to King’s Wellbeing, there are a multitude of services on campus to help you attain your academic, personal and health and fitness goals. Check out Study Skills, English Language Centre, King’s Sport and Be Active as a starting point. If you’re trying to connect more with the KCL community, have a look at the KCLSU societies – from film and literature, to hot chocolate, to circus skills, there’s truly something for everyone! Looking for a friendly face and a listening ear to talk things over in confidence? You can always get in touch with the KCL peer supporters or the Chaplaincy.
For New Year New Start, King’s Wellbeing will also be around on every campus over the next two weeks to help you to get off on the right foot and provide a space to reflect on how to boost your wellbeing. Join us for interactive stalls, relaxation workshops, yoga and more! New Year New Start needn’t be daunting and can even be fun!