What will 2021 bring you? Take it and be grateful for it.
You survived 2020. Some things may not return to how they were before. What will 2021 bring you? The next three or so months will be challenging.
2021 is not going to be a magic cure for 2020.
The social and economic effects of the pandemic will probably be long-lasting. Perhaps life will never return to what it was before. If you want 2021 to be better, you will have to make it better yourself. How do we do it?
It’s important to manage your expectations by going into 2021. Stop focusing on the negative from 2020. There are still plenty to be thankful for. (Practice gratitude) A more fruitful way to look at 2021 is to accept that the new year will bring both positive and negative outcomes. How can you prepare yourself for a ‘calmer’ year ahead?
Take control of everything within your power.
You are not in control. Recognize that sometimes, all you can control is your effort and your attitude. When you put your energy into the things you can control, you’ll be much more effective – Amy Morin
Let go of all the things you can’t control, and start using your time and energy in what you can control to feel better and live life to a fuller extent.
Life is filled with uncertainty, especially at times like this. Why should I even care to try to move forward in life or my career? Fear and uncertainty can make you feel stressed, anxious, and vulnerable. How can we move forward? By taking action regardless of how things will turn out.
1.You cannot predict your future. Living in the present moment means no longer dwelling on the past and not afraid of what will happen in the future. It means enjoying what’s happening in the present and living for today. When we allow life to play out as it should, you will be in a much better space to deal with each new chance that comes our way. You will be surprised what all are presented in the moment of awareness. Self-awareness is the conscious knowledge of one’s own character and feelings. Self-awareness is a tool and a practice that you can use to evaluate yourself and the situation and help you make good choices.
2. Embrace the chaos – By accepting the reality of our world today is key to how we learn to live in it. There are healthier ways to manage uncertainties. Adjust your mindset! Take action over the things you can control. Believe that a positive attitude is a choice and only you can control your attitude, and no one can take that away from you. Look for the positive things in life and strengthen the positivity within you and share it with the world.
3. You are resilient. You don’t know what real strength lies within you. When a situation arises, you will have the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. “Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it’s less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you’ve lost, or you can accept that and try to put together something that’s good.”-Elizabeth Edwards
4. Wellness. What is wellness? Wellness is the act of practicing healthy habits on a daily basis to attain better physical and mental health outcomes, so that instead of just surviving, you’re thriving – Pfizer
Key areas of wellness are, social connectedness, exercise, nutrition, sleep and mindfulness. Each one has an impact on your physical and mental health.
Start your wellness practices today
Exercise. Regular physical activity is good for our mental health, reducing the risk of depression and improve overall feelings. It can reduce high blood pressure, help control our weight and reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, all conditions that can increase vulnerability to COVID-19. Start by taking a brisk walk regularly.
Social Connectedness. While social distancing is proposed to curb the transmission of the virus amid the current pandemic, there are ways to ensure that we combat the trend of social distancing from becoming socially isolated. Strong connections with family and friends provide us with happiness, security, support and a sense of purpose and will help improve your physical and mental health. Use technology to combat isolation.
Nutrition. We must practice healthy food habits now. Existing evidence suggests that the only sustainable way to survive in the current situation is to strengthen the immune system. In the current situation, it is necessary to be aware of the particular types of food that can improve your immune system in order to fight COVID-19. Limit your salt and sugar intake and drink lots of water. What we eat and our relationship with food plays a big role in having positive self-esteem.
Sleep. Learn to become a ‘successful sleeper’. Sleep plays an important role in physical health. It is just as important as eating healthy and exercising. A good night’s rest can maximize problem-solving skills and increase your memory. Poor sleep can harm brain function. Poor sleeping patterns are strongly linked to depression, particularly for those with a sleeping disorder. Sleeping at least 8 hours can improve your immune function.
Get the sleep you need by developing a sleep ritual that will remind the body and mind that it’s time for sleep. Avoid alcohol & caffeine before going to bed. Try to de-stress. Do this by practising gratitude before going to bed.
Be kind. Acts of kindness produce oxytocin, sometimes referred to as the ‘love hormone’ which help in lowering blood pressure and improving our overall heart-health. Oxytocin also increases our self-esteem and optimism. Kindness stimulates the production of serotonin. Serotonin is considered a natural mood stabilizer. Being kind leads to success.
5. Never give up – You will never know how close you are in reaching your goal if you quit now.
“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all” ―Dale Carnegie
Just keep chipping away at your goals. You will get there.