The new year is here!
As we round out the end of 2020, “resolution” is once again a buzzword. While it’s tempting to start each year thinking of ways to improve, doing so can result in a ton of unnecessary pressure. You’re already evolving, growing, and living fully. Instead of thinking of things you can fix, focus instead on what you already have.
Use this new year to celebrate your achievements, count your blessings, and give thanks for the good things around you. It’s time for new traditions, so let’s kick 2021 off right in these 10 ways.
1. Establish new micro-habits.
While transformative change can feel overwhelming, incremental steps are less intimidating. We all have to learn to crawl before we can walk, and this is true both literally and figuratively. If you have a few areas you want to grow in this year, think of the baby steps you can take to reach that goal. For instance, instead of declaring that you want to run five marathons before December, start by signing up for a community 5K. Or take steps to limit your sugar intake before cutting out the sweet stuff altogether.
Along the way, praise yourself for achieving your goals, no matter how small they may seem. This is the motivation that will fuel you forward, and it’s worth celebrating.
2. Focus on self-care.
You’ve seen it in magazines, on the news, and as you scroll your social media feed. The concept of self-care has never been hotter — and for good reason. As a nation, we’re more stressed than ever before, and we’re all in need of an outlet that allows us to release that tension. Make 2021 the year you finally find what brings you true joy, peace, and contentment.
Maybe that means establishing a bathtime ritual that’s therapeutic, comforting, and sensory-rich. Or you might prefer waking up early to meditate or pray before dawn. Self-care looks different for everyone, and that’s what makes it so special. Take time every day to indulge in the things that make you feel most alive.
3. Focus on self-compassion.
While we’re talking about being kind to yourself, don’t forget to soothe your mind as much as your body. Where are you hurting mentally or emotionally? Are you still harboring past hurts? Punishing yourself for mistakes that live in the past? It may be easy to love and cherish others, but we tend to be the hardest on ourselves.
This pain can make it difficult to achieve and enjoy anything truly beneficial this year, so it’s important to address it. If you need professional support to show yourself the compassion you deserve, speak to a licensed therapist. This expert can help you work past anything that’s standing in your way of open, true self-acceptance.
4. Prioritize your mental health.
For years, we’ve learned to associate busyness with virtue. But, if 2020 taught us anything, it’s how important it is to take time for what really matters.
This year, make a dedicated effort to focus less on cramming as much as possible into the day and more on cherishing the hours you have. While this doesn’t mean abandoning your responsibilities, it does mean putting an end to the modern-day glorification of exhaustion.
Your mental health hinges on striking a healthy work/life balance. Learn how to say “no” with grace and confidence and reorganize your to-do list to bring peace of mind. When you do, you’ll find you actually feel better physically too!
5. Make this the year of great sleep.
You’ve read the numbers, and you’ve heard the statistics. But, do you still find it difficult to turn in at night? When your sleep habits are off-kilter, your entire day suffers.
It’s time for a change, and now is a great time to start. Turn off the television about two hours before bed and create a nightly routine that helps you wind down. From a long bath to essential oils in the diffuser, there are plenty of ways to tell your body it’s time for sleep.
Need a little help? These 10 apps can help you drift into dreamland, and most include free features!
6. Discover ways to make a change.
If 2020 brought any silver linings, it was the countless good deeds we saw all across the country. Let’s keep that trend going in 2021! Is there any cause you’re particularly passionate about? Look for ways to help around your community, from the local senior center to the elementary school. Your presence can make a major difference and bring light to those who need it most.
7. Infuse the year with positivity.
It’s all too easy to feel bogged down with negativity. It might feel as though everywhere you turn, there’s something to lament. Instead of dwelling in this space, try to inject positivity and gratitude into each day!
This might be as simple as writing in a gratitude journal at the end of every day. Or you might leave motivational quotes on your mirror or your office computer. You can even listen to songs and podcasts that lift you up and put you in a great mood.
The best part? Happiness is easy to scatter, and it won’t be long before others around you start catching on.
8. Explore your passions.
What would you do if time, money, and energy had no limits? Where do your true passions lie? As you discover the answer, look for ways to manifest this dream in your life.
Have you always been interested in art but never knew how to pursue it? Take an online course to brush up on your skills or buy the supplies and start practicing! The same goes for any other interest you’ve been curious about for years.
9. Enjoy nature.
Did you know spending just 20 minutes in a park has been scientifically proven to help you feel happier? This year, get outside! Even if you’re just walking around the neighborhood, fresh air is incredible for your mind and body. Commit to spending a few hours per week in nature and discover how therapeutic it can be.
10. Focus on doing all things with love.
Ultimately, let’s lean into 2021 with full hearts, extending love and care toward everyone we meet. As Mother Teresa said, we can all do small things with great love, whether that’s making your child lunch or dialing into a conference call. When we do so, we learn that those things aren’t so small after all. Love is the biggest movement of all, and we can all participate in it.
A Fresh Start to the New Year
Blank slates are always exciting. At the same time, they can also leave us with more questions than answers. Instead of looking at these next 12 months with uncertainty, let’s welcome all of the beautiful, exciting things it can teach us. If we lead with love and compassion, everything else will fall into place. Our true purpose will rise to the surface, and we’ll live all 365 days as we were meant to.
Our office is here for you, both now and in the future. Contact us if you need anything, and let’s embrace this new year together.