It’s a new school year, and you may be brainstorming what you can do to make it the best year yet. We here at loveisrespect would like to help you with this by offering some ideas for possible new school year resolutions:
- Take care of yourself. Balancing school with relationships, friends, work and extracurriculars can equal one very stressed out student. Take a deep breath and this year, make a resolution to put your own wellness first. Getting enough sleep, doing yoga, working out, taking weekly bubble baths, eating five servings of fruits and vegetables are all great ideas. Don’t try to do all of these, though. Just being mindful of your health this year.
- Do something to end dating violence in your community. Too often, dating abuse is an issue that isn’t discussed, making victims feel powerless and alone. Try to educate your community by putting up posters, passing out lollipops with dating facts attached, put on a community screening of Reviving Ophelia or even just talk to your team, band, co-workers, troupe, etc. about what dating violence is and how to get help.
- Find a trusted adult. Whether you find yourself in an unhealthy relationship or not, a nonjudgmental, supportive adult can be someone to ask for advice, to confide in and to help keep you safe if you are in a dangerous situation. We hope you have the best friends in the world, but a supportive adult can offer years, experience and an objective perspective to help you see your situation with a different perspective.
- Negotiate a dating contract with yourself. No, we are not saying that you should date yourself. We here at loveisrespect just want all of you to have the best relationship you can, so we want you to think about what that means for you. Many times, people have a wish list of physical qualities, but not a wish list of what they want from the relationship (something fun and easy, more serious, a shoulder to lean on, etc). Think about what can work for you now and what you feel ready for.
- Have a healthy relationship with the important people in your life. Whether this is your parents, best friend, pet, older brother, it is important to make sure that both of you feel heard and supported by the other. Take some time now to think about in what areas your relationship can improve.
Can you do them all? What do you think we are missing?