2020 was one heck of a year! It is more important than ever to find joy in everyday life. If you have been feeling less than thrilled about bringing in the new year, this list is for you! Here are twelve ways to stay sane in 2021!
Reach Out To Friends and Family…Often!
A call, text, email, video chat, etc. Whatever you are comfortable doing, connecting with your friends and family will put some pep in your step. As humans, we crave connection. Take a few minutes and give one of your friends or family members a call to check in on them.
Join or Start A Facebook Group!
There is literally a Facebook Group for everything! Sewing, running, yoga, moms with dogs. The list is endless. Request to join a group so you can stay up to date with hobbies and interests.
Joining others can lead to inspiration for home projects, personal growth, or maybe just some really great friendships. If you can’t find a group that interests you, start one! Connect with other like-minded people safely and comfortably.
Send Thank You Notes
Have you ever been excited about receiving something from a friend in the mail? You’re not the only one! Take time to send notes of gratitude to loved ones. You can thank them for being in your life, for a special act of kindness they showed, or tell them how much you miss them. It will be much appreciated!
Write Down Personal Goals
Take this time to write down specific personal goals. Write down goals that are measurable and include target dates. For example, “lose weight” should be something more like “Lose 15 pounds by April 1st”. When you’re ambiguous in your goal setting, the results will reflect that.
Follow up your goal with actionable steps that you will take to accomplish this goal. Also, don’t be afraid to ask a close friend or relative to hold you accountable. This will help strengthen your bond and keep you focused.
Keeping your body in motion is so important to living a healthy life. Binging on another Netflix series for hours on end is not going to help you shine in 2021.
Get outside. Take a walk. Download a fitness app. Search YouTube for home workouts. With so many virtual options available, there really is no excuse to skip a session. Choose an activity that you genuinely enjoy doing and use this time to try an activity you’ve never done before.
Tackle Financial Goals
Financial stress can really take a toll on you physically and mentally. Use this time to understand your current financial situation and set goals for where you would like to be in the future.
Finally Try A New Hobby or Develop A Skill
Have you always wanted to learn a new language or play an instrument? There is no time like now! Use your time at home to strengthen a skill or learn a new one. There are so many resources out there, you can easily master something.
Finally Read That Book
Take the time to read a book, or even several if the mood strikes! Pick a topic that interests you and dive in.
Clean Out The Clutter
When was the last time you did a thorough closet overhaul? Take time to declutter closets, pantries, medicine cabinets, kid’s toys, magazines, the garage, and other spaces that need some TLC. It can be such a healing process to rid your home of unnecessary items.
For gently pre-loved items, you can donate them to a local charity or sell them on sites like Poshmark and Facebook Marketplace.
Schedule Family Game Night
If you can’t go out with your family, create excitement in your living room. Gather a few board games and pick a day either weekly, biweekly, or monthly. Plan the snacks ahead of time and put everyone’s cellphones away.
Take a couple of hours and just enjoy the quality family time. Planning a regular game night will give the family something to look forward to and can bring everyone closer.
Start Listening To A Podcast
There are SO many podcasts just waiting to be listened to! Explore new topics or things you have always been curious about. You never know what you’ll learn.
Speak With A Professional
Sometimes, no matter what we do, we need to reach out for help. Unprecedented times like this creates anxiety, uncertainty, and can leave us feeling like we have no control over our future.
Speaking with a therapist or getting direction from a life coach will help you understand your feelings. They can help you create a plan to feel more in control and make recommendations based on your individual needs.
Also, you don’t even need to leave your house to speak with one! There are so many virtual ways of meeting, it’s an easy process. Get back to feeling like you and do it in the comfort of your own home.