The Fab Girls Guide to a Great New Year

3 Jan

Hey FAB girls!

It’s a new year, and everyone is talking about their New Year’s resolutions. A lot of people start breaking them January 2nd, because they’re so hard to follow! Instead of making dramatic resolutions like “going down five sizes by Valentine’s Day” and “running five miles before school everyday”, focus on making little changes. Those changes will add up over time, resulting in you being a more FAB girl than ever!

Make Healthy Decisions.
Instead of putting a number on how many pounds you’ll lose, or how many miles you’ll run every morning before school, start the new year by making a commitment to healthier choices. A lot of times, people get discouraged when they set a goal and don’t see results right away, so make gradual changes. Enlist a group of friends to walk to school a few times during the week instead of taking the bus. Look into some intramural sports teams you can join at school or the community center. (Intramural sports are just for fun). Once you start seeing progress, it will inspire you to do more.

Replace snacks such as chips and fries with fresh fruits and vegetables, and drink plenty of water. Drinking water can also help you maintain a great complexion, an added bonus!

Learn Something New. 

Now that you’ve made a commitment to a healthier lifestyle, you will find that your mind is clear and you have lots of extra energy. Why not use it to learn something new? You could learn to play an instrument, a new language, or how to paint. The possibilities are endless, and your new interest could really help broaden your horizons, meet new people and make new friends. Always a plus!

Be a Leader.

FAB leaders are everywhere, from Michelle Obama to Oprah to women in your own area who are doing work for the good of the community. Why not become a leader yourself? This does not mean you have to run for student body president (unless you want to.) Being a leader includes making good decisions when it’s hard. Saying “no” to peer pressure. Standing up for a classmate who is being bullied. Doing the right thing at all times, even when you think no one is looking. And if you want to start a letter writing campaign to a politician about an issue that’s bothering you, or a petition to have healthier menu options in the school cafeteria, that’s fine, too!

 

Focus on Family.

Your siblings work your nerves, and you’re parents just don’t understand. We’ve all been there! But when it comes down to it, family is extremely important. This year, make sure you’re doing all you can to let your family members know how much you love and care about them. Call or visit with your grandma and help her around the house. Come downstairs for dinner when your mom calls you the first time, not after you finish, “just one more level” of Angry Birds. And even though you’ve played Candyland with your little sister 5 million times, one more time won’t hurt, right?

 

Love Yourself.

Growing up  is hard. Family matters, friend drama and pressure to do well in school is enough to make any FAB girl want to scream sometimes. There’s peer pressure and the media sending us all kinds of  images of how we should look and behave. But it’s important not to lose sight of your own health and well being, which includes your mental health. Don’t let stress overcome you, FAB one!

Make sure to take care of yourself. Take a relaxing bubble bath. Write about your feelings in a journal. And if things seem really overwhelming, or you’ve been down in the dumps two weeks or longer and it’s effecting your day to day routine, speak to a trusted adult about it right away.

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3 Responses to “The Fab Girls Guide to a Great New Year”

  1. aria January 10, 2012 at 12:28 am #

    hi guys

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