Here is a compiled list of well-being “musts”, addressing health, nutrition, fitness and personal goal-setting, to put you on the path to overall wellness in 2021.
South Africa (18 January 2021) – No one will dispute that 2020 was in a class of its own, a year filled with stress, uncertainty and a deep sense of unease. Whether we faced the loss of a loved one, job or health instability, or a sense of isolation and loneliness, 2020 put us all through our paces in some shape or form. And while we wish we could say it’ll be different in this new year, the reality is that we all need a 2021 self-care checklist to help us look to the future with a sense of purpose and positivity!
We’ve compiled a list of well-being “musts”, addressing health, nutrition, fitness and personal goal-setting, to put you on the path to overall wellness in 2021.
You know those annoying notifications that constantly pop up on your screen? Make a commitment to decrease the time you spend staring at your smartphone and laptop. Forget that endless scrolling through Twitter and find other, more rewarding ways to fill your downtime. Pick up a book you’ve been meaning to read, go for a walk around the neighbourhood, or work on a puzzle. Not only will these offline activities help you disconnect for a while, but will also help boost your brainpower in ways you won’t get online.
This might be prime time for restrictive diets or eating plan overhauls. If that’s your thing, no judgment here — just make sure you’re choosing safe options. In truth, you needn’t embark on an intensive diet journey in order to eat better and take more care of yourself. Simply add more fruits and vegetables to your daily meals. Drink more water. Or to spice things up a bit, substitute a smoothie for your usual breakfast a couple of times a week.
Change up your surroundings
We’re all spending an inordinate amount of time at home in our current pandemic reality, but there are ways to switch things to enjoy a break from the routine? Redecorate or rearrange your home, for example. Buy some new comfy pillows to help you sleep better at night. Add some pretty new décor to make your surroundings more attractive, like some new paintings or even family portraits. Refreshing your space can feel like a new start.
Write down the things you want to accomplish this year
You’ve probably thought of some goals you’d like to achieve this year, whether they’re centred on your career, personal life, relationships, health, or otherwise. Whatever they are, writing them down can help you focus, and hold yourself accountable. Make a game plan for those goals, but don’t beat yourself up if you aren’t able to reach them all by the end of 2021. Small steps towards your goals count too.
Give yourself treats en route to your goals. A new item of clothing or jewellery, no matter how inexpensive, will help lift your spirits and reward yourself for your efforts. Another cool option is to buy from companies that give back to the community. Relate Bracelets, for example, is a 100% not-for-profit enterprise that donates all its earned revenue to social upliftment initiatives across the country. So you can look stylish while supporting those who most need our help during these challenging times.