It’s the first day of a new year and as per tradition, many of us will be making up lists of resolutions and goals that we want to meet come to the end of 2021. However, one thing that the past year has taught me, and you, I want to assume, is that you might plan but life will not necessarily go as per your plans.
As such, and bearing in mind that we are still in the throes of the coronavirus pandemic, below are some resolutions you can make in 2021, bearing in mind that life has changed and we still don’t know how normal it will get.
1. Personal growth
We all want to be better versions of ourselves, I know I do. I want to be a better mother, sister, daughter and friend. I want to be a better employee, putting in my best at work instead of doing the bare minimum.
Personal growth entails working to improve your actions, behaviour, habits and reactions. This can be done by being considerate of others’ feelings, controlling your temper, avoiding procrastination, being more responsible and developing new skills.
2. Move more
Having spent most of 2020 indoors, I had to make a conscious effort to move my body. I found that being physically active helped keep my mental health in check, improved my concentration, helped me sleep more and also kept the weight gain that comes with staying home too much at bay.
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One resolution that you can keep up come what may is to move your body more. This can be through taking more regular walks, having set days when you work out, getting a personal trainer, and using the stairs instead of the lift.
3. Keep a positive attitude
I know how hard it is to practice positivity when there’s more bad than good going on around us but with a little mindfulness and practice, you can learn to see the good side of everything that happens in life.
Start by writing three things you’re grateful for every day. When interacting with difficult people, focus on their positive traits rather on why they’re so annoying. Surround yourself with positive people.
In 2020, I learnt that self-care is more than just going for a spa day or getting my hair done. It’s about working noticing that you need help with your mental health and getting the help that you need. It involves making a move towards the career of your dreams or the paycheck that you need to live the life that you want. Self-care is also about living your best life right now instead of waiting for tomorrow.
Therefore, in 2021, take your self-care practices up a notch and incorporate the above.
5. Invest in relationships
We didn’t get to spend much time with our friends and loved ones in 2020 through no fault of our own. Even as we’re still being prudent and staying safe, make time for your relationships. If you can’t physically meet up with friends, schedule video calls/dates. Do charitable acts like helping a loved one who struggles with housework to get their place organised, doing their shopping, offering to babysit or house sit. Strive to be a better listener and avoid giving solutions unless your opinion is sought after.