The last 12 months have largely been one to forget. From lockdowns to firebreakers to tiers… it’s safe to say that we are all eager to see the back of 2020.
Whilst New Year’s resolutions have always been a thing, given the year we have had, it is safe to say that many people will be building back better come January. That may be trying new things, changing the way they do things or even who they spend time with.
Here are four ways that you can embrace 2021.
Given the nature of COVID-19, travelling abroad hasn’t been something we have been able to enjoy in recent months. Sticking closer to home has been the new norm and it is something that can help to make 2021 a success. Use local Facebook groups to help identify areas for nice walks or even the local authority website. You’ll be surprised what you are able to explore so close to your home.
As ever, please think carefully about the weather and the clothing and equipment you have with you before setting off. Always tell friends and family your plans and ensure your mobile phone has maximum battery.
Try a new diet
Whilst fad diets come and go, it is clear that the best way to diet is to find something that you enjoy and can be sustained. Make 2021 about trying new foods and ways of cooking, with the Internet your friend here. Substituting meat for vegetable alternatives is not only a healthier and environmentally-friendly option but it is also cheaper. Making large batches of food in one go is also a great way of cutting down time, which is advantageous for busy people or those with large families.
Exercise more in a different way
With gyms in a varied state of accessibility for the foreseeable future, try a new way of exercising that is economical. Aside from purchasing trainers, running is a perfect way of ensuring your physical health is well catered for as well as your mental health. A quick 15-minute run every day does the world of good – but start slowly if it is new to you. Begin with a brisk walk and build up to a jog before setting on a run. It can be easy to injure yourself, so do take care. Try YouTube for great home workouts including yoga and HIIT classes. This can be done in 15 minutes and even in the busiest of households.
Put the phone down
Spending more time at home in 2020 has resulted in screen time skyrocketing for most. Aside from the usual social media binges, our phones have been a tool to order goods and to socialise with friends and family far more than they were prior to the pandemic. Use 2021 as a time where you spend less time looking at your phone and more time engaging with your household and friends as best you can. Living in a digital world has been a huge help this year, but there is far more to life that a screen.
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