By Akilah James (@ajxmes)
We have all seen how rough 2020 has been, but now that we’re in a new year it’s important to leave all the negativity behind and step into the year with positivity!
These FIVE tips will help you to feel your best in 2021. Give them a try and watch the New Year be your best year yet!
Get More Sleep
Getting a good 7 to 8 hours of sleep is vital for your overall health. If in 2020 you found yourself pulling all-nighters, make it a priority to fix your sleeping schedule. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety and those are all the things you need to have a positive start to 2021!
The art of meditation is known to ease your mind, spirit, and body. If you want to have a positive year, it is important to leave all the stress of last year behind and start a fresh. Meditation has many benefits such as increasing self-awareness, reducing negative emotions, and can help manage symptoms of conditions such as anxiety and depression.
Stay in Touch
As we know it, 2020 was the year of social distancing. Because we have had to limit our interactions with people in order to reduce the spread of the virus, it has caused many people to feel lonely and stressed throughout the year. In the New Year, virtually connect with your friends and family in order to stay in touch. Being social has many health benefits such as improving your psychological well-being, helping cope with stress and can even help lengthen your life. Daily conversations with your favourite people will surely help you stay positive in 2021.
If in 2020 you were the type of person to never write anything down, now is a good time to start doing so. Whether it be simply writing down your thoughts and feelings every day or keeping an affirmation journal, writing is an excellent way to find positivity throughout the new year. Writing down what’s on your mind can help clarify underlying emotions, and in the following year, it will help you develop as a person as you’ll have a record to look back on and see how far you’ve come.
As the pandemic hit, 2020 became the year of take-out dining and many people found themselves becoming more lazy and gaining more weight. Now that we are in a new year, trying to stick to a healthy diet will surely help you feel better both mentally and physically.
If you stick to a healthy diet throughout 2021, you will find yourself having fewer mood fluctuations, an overall happier outlook and an improved ability to focus. Studies have found that healthy eating can help with depression and anxiety and can also help your body feel more energized, which is the ultimate key to having a positive year.
Always remember that a new year is a new you! These tips are just a few ways to help break old habits of 2020 and enter 2021 with positivity- something urgently needed after the rough year we have all had.
So, which one of these will you try?