The New Year’s countdown this year will undoubtedly be different from any other countdown we have had before. With the challenges that COVID-19 has brought for people all over the world, it is fair to assume that there is high anticipation for the year to be over.With different goals, ambitions, and passions, each person will have a different approach to 2021. Of course, we have all organised plans with friends, family, and those we love, but individually we all have our own New Year resolutions. Not only is it a great opportunity to prioritise those commitments that were delayed in 2020, but it is the chance to reinvent yourself, grow, fulfil, and accomplish big things. Here are some tips and a little bit of guidance for when preparing your resolutions. Whether they be lifestyle changes or things you want to experience, these ideas will assist you in making your life more joyful. Setting goals is great for mental and physical health, so read along and see what applies to you.
Leave your phone off, meditate or indulge in self-care
As the majority of people live very hectic lives due to the pressures of work, this can often lead to an unhealthy lifestyle. Remembering to incorporate some ‘downtime’, like taking up activities such as yoga or meditation to keep you stress-free, will ensure that you relax your soul and your mind. Taking a small amount of time out of your day to purely devote to yourself can reduce issues such as anxiety or depression. Taking some time away from your phone will bring more awareness to what is going on around you and will remind you to live in the present moment.
Learn something new and adopt a hobby
Picking up a hobby is a great way to reduce stress and boost brainpower. Having a hobby is not just a way to pass the time, as you can often improve the quality of your life. It is something that you do for fun and in your free time, non-work-related, and not something you get paid to do. Hobbies can range from playing a sport and signing up for your local soccer team, to taking up painting classes, learning a new language or going to look at museum displays. Hobbies are said to make you more self-sufficient and can be a creative outlet, giving you something to look forward to. Remember, being passionate about what you do makes it 10 times better!
Set a goal or change something
With emotional development and growth, comes recognising things about yourself that you think might need to change or improve. Your New Year’s resolution might just be breaking a bad habit or even changing something about yourself, like setting a resolution to be more sociable and make more friends. Just think about how rewarding it will be to look back on your year and acknowledge the changes you have made in your life. Some examples of these changes could be things like smoking or drinking.
Get that dream job!
Work is a huge part of our lives, and it is something we just have to do and just get on with. If you are currently unhappy in the position you are in, New Year’s is a great time to sit down and acknowledge this. Did you want to look for another position? Is 2021 the year you change professions? Want to try working in property finance or opening a business? Will you study something else? Will you start a new internship? This is a great way to keep you motivated and on track going into the new year.
Plan a trip or a holiday
With so many travel restrictions in 2020 due to COVID-19, 2021 will hopefully be a year we can catch those flights. Sit down with a group of friends and make a vision board. Cut out some holiday destinations from magazines and newspapers, photos of the beach or snow, and create your dream trip! You might even want to go solo, take a break from your daily work routine, and take some time for yourself.
Save, save, save!
Secure your financial future by saving money. You should consider investing in the best available plans to get a good return. It is a good idea to become familiar with property investment strategies and to do your research. Think ahead, think long term, make smart decisions, and work hard. Make 2021 the year to grind! Put your head down and stay focused, be discipline and say no to those video games and snooker tables! When you think about it, a year really isn’t a long time in the scheme of things. Working hard now means you’ll thank yourself later. Essentially, reaping the rewards and benefits when 2022 rolls around.
Be more social
All too often we let our worries and insecurities take over. When all of our friends are out, we might choose to stay home or distance ourselves from reality, and retract from situations that may make us feel out of our comfort zone. Make 2021 a year that you broaden your horizons, put yourself out there, and spread your social butterfly wings. This doesn’t mean you have to go out every night. You can find things to do during the day such as going for bike rides, or going to an exhibition showcase. Making new friends and creating new opportunities for yourself is a fantastic New Year’s resolution. You should work at your own pace; and don’t forget to be completely, utterly, unapologetically you!
Is there something that you have wanted for a really long time? Is it super expensive or something quite small? Is it a car or a pair of shoes? Have you always wanted some billiard accessories for your table? Setting a New Year’s resolution to purchase something you have wanted for a really long time, regardless of what it is, is a great way to help you stay on track and focused. Whether you calculate this through a budget, or you print a photo of it and stick it up on the whiteboard above your desk, make 2021 the year you finally get that item you’ve been dreaming of for so long. Make it happen!
As cliché as it sounds – live your dreams!
Do what you want to do! We only get one shot at life. It’s our right to live according to ourselves at the end of the day. Don’t forget to be kind and compassionate to others, spread love and peace, include everyone, and respect both the people around you and yourself. Good luck in 2021 and make sure to find happiness within yourself.