New Year’s Resolutions for a Happy, Healthy 2021

December 30, 2020

This year has certainly been a challenging one—to put it mildly. But there’s good news: It’s almost over! And while 2021 brings the promise of a return to normal, the new year also provides the same opportunity as every year: a chance to set resolutions. Not sure what goals to set for next year? Here are a few ideas.

  1. Make room for mindfulness. If there’s one thing everyone has in common this year, it’s that they’ve been dealing with an inordinate amount of stress. And the state of the world won’t magically change on January 1st, so it’s important you know how to manage stress in a healthy way. Practicing meditation or another form of mindfulness can help quiet the noise in your head to make space for joy, even on difficult days. Not sure how to get started? Try a meditation app or see if a local yoga studio is offering virtual meditation classes.

  2. Be active every day. With so much going on, it might be impractical to commit to spending an hour at the gym every day (if your gym is even open). A more attainable goal is committing to some form of activity every day, whether it’s for five minutes or 50. A five-minute yoga routine or a long lunchtime walk around the block both count equally toward this resolution. Consider working toward a specific fitness goal to keep yourself motivated—like running a virtual 5K—or find a workout buddy (at home or via FaceTime) to help hold you accountable.

  3. Move toward financial freedom. If 2020 wasn’t your year, budget-wise, make a change in 2021. Seek out places where you can cut expenses—maybe getting rid of a rarely used streaming service or planning meals to avoid food waste—and commit to doing the work. If you’re new to budgeting, try an app like GoodBudget. It allows you to categorize your expenses and keep track of spending in each category.

  4. Embrace a new hobby. Knitting. Baking. Gardening. A variety of hobbies enjoyed a real resurgence in 2020 thanks to all of that extra time at home. If you have yet to try a new pastime, why not dive in come January? Once the hustle and bustle of the holiday season has died down, fill your extra time with DIY projects, culinary pursuits, or tending to new houseplants. If you already mastered one of these hobbies in 2020, add a new one to your bucket list.

  5. Plan one trip for 2022. If you were hoping to go on a big vacation in 2021, it still remains to be seen if that will be feasible. But there seems to be a good chance that 2022 will see a return to normal travel. So, instead of planning a getaway for next year that may have to be canceled, set your sights on the following year and spend 2021 planning! Consider going on the big international trip you’ve always dreamed of—if 2020 taught us anything, it’s that there’s no time like the present.

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