2021 is finally here! 2020 was a rough year for most people and we are all glad that it is finally over. Many suffered a lot of misfortunes in 2020 due to the Covid-19 worldwide pandemic. It is no surprise then that we have been anxiously waiting to usher in the new year. However, you might be wondering whether you should still bother setting new year resolutions. And the answer to that is, YES!. Although the Corona Virus situation is still here, you should still come up with some resolutions for 2021. They are an opportunity for you to make positive changes and improvements in your life. Read on for some the top new year’s resolutions ideas for 2021;
- Eat healthy foods
The Corona Virus has changed a lot in our day-to-day lives. One of these changes is our diets. Since we are spending more time at home, we are mostly taking homecooked meals. We also learnt the importance of maintaining good health. So you should start 2021 by taking care of your wellbeing and starting a healthy diet. Eat healthy foods such as green leafy vegetables, fruits, Proteins(such as eggs, lean beef, fish, white meat etc), and whole grains. Learn more about healthy eating plans here.
- Workout more
Staying active should still be your priority. The gyms might be closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic but you can still work out from home. You have no excuse for not exercising. Workouts are vital for your health and fitness. Maintaining a workout routine is key. It doesn’t have to be too intense. Schedule a 30 minutes – 1 hour break each day for exercising. According to the NHS, being physically active has a positive impact not only on your physical health but also your mood, quality of sleep and energy. So for this new year, allot time in your schedule for exercise. Some of the workouts you can do at home include; yoga, sit-ups, lunges, crunches, squats, and planks. You could also take walks or jog around your neighborhood. However, remember to avoid crowds and maintain social distance.
- Get organized
Are you always missing that deadline? It is time to get a planner and be more organized. If you are working from home it is very possible for you to become less productive due to the many distractions as well as due to not having your boss walking around watching your work. Without a planner, you might end up being swamped with too many things you need to do. Tips to help you be more organized in 2021; Create a schedule, plan your day in advance, reduce the distractions, and keep your workspace tidy.
- Start your own business
Starting a business during a pandemic might seem like a daunting task. However, it is not impossible. It will require extra effort but it will all be worth it. Many businesses are thriving during this period, including those dealing with; delivery services, landscaping, cleaning, mask makers, online fitness classes, people making Youtube videos etc. You will need to research on what people need right now, develop a business plan, come up with a digital marketing strategy, and connect with your customers through social media platforms. As you begin your business remember to stay positive and learn to be flexible.
- Keep learning new skills
Never stop learning! This new year resolution for 2021 might be the best you will ever make. You can never tell when you might need these new skills. Things are changing every day and you have to keep up with these changes if you want to be successful. Learning new skills will open you up to more opportunities and makes you more valuable as an employee. For 2021, plan to read more books, take some online and offline courses, read journals etc.
- Change Careers
Are you happy in your job? Or do you dread waking up to go to work? Feel like your impact isn’t being felt? Are you just complacent and not giving 100% at work? Is your job affecting your personal life? If the answer to these is yes, then it is time for you to change careers. You are stuck at a job you aren’t happy doing hence resulting in low productivity and overall, unhappy life.
However, do not quit your current job without a plan. Start planning as early as now to change careers in the course of the year. Assess your interests and skills, check what other careers you qualify for and start job hunting.
- Establish work-life balance
Married to your work? In these times where working from home is the new normal, maintaining a balance between your career and family can be quite challenging. Both your personal and professional lives are crucial and neither of these should be neglected. Some benefits you will reap by establishing a work-life balance include better mental and physical health, higher productivity, being a more rounded person. You can maintain this balance by; setting your career goals, setting your personal goals, time management, getting a good night’s sleep, take care of yourself, and learn to say ‘no.
- Spend less and Save more money
You never know what will happen to you tomorrow. This is one of the reasons why you should start directing more of your money to your savings account. On your path to financial freedom, you will need to start spending less and saving more. How do you come up with a spending and saving strategy? A few tips to help you manage your spending in 2021 include; reducing your credit card spending, shopping around for lower cost items and services, thinking twice about big purchases, cooking food at home, using reusable products, reviewing your subscriptions, among others.
- Learn a new hobby
If you are looking for a new pastime and don’t want to use your free time just binge-watching another TV show, then here are a few hobbies you can learn in 2021. Start reading more books, writing, knitting, solo travelling, meditation and mindfulness, yoga, baking, drawing, coloring, dancing, running, ice skating, cycling etc.
- Take a break from social media
In this digital age, social media is one way that people use to stay connected and keep up with news around the world. The social platforms are addictive and hence unplugging from them can be a difficult thing to do. However, studies show that people who spend a lot of time on social media have higher levels of stress and anxiety. Make a resolution in this new year 2021 to limit the time you spend on social media. To do this you will need to set the time limits and take breaks to do other activities that you enjoy doing.
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- Spend more time with family and friends
If there is anything we learnt from 2020 is just how short life is. Spending time with your loved ones is one way to keep you happy and healthy. It will help you cope with stress, lengthen your life, improve your psychological wellbeing, you will gain interpersonal skills, and helps to prevent behavioral problems, among other benefits. Prioritize your family in 2021.
Have you already written down your new year’s resolutions for 2021? If you haven’t done so yet, above are some ideas to inspire you. Write realistic and achievable resolutions to help you approach 2021 with a positive attitude. What are your new year’s resolutions for 2021?