Short is Sweet

Date: January 20, 2021
Category: Well-being,

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that the future has become even less predictable. Therefore, you’re walking on thin ice when you make long-term New Year’s Resolutions. To avoid a cold splash of reality as 2021 unfolds, it’s perhaps best to set short-term goals, many of which you’ve most probably implemented during the twilight zone that was 2020.

Eat good food. Chances are you already are. Because hard lockdown kept the majority of people at home, take-out fast food wasn’t possible and, when it was, it often arrived late and cold due to the huge demand. Therefore, home-cooked meals quickly became the norm. Those of us who were previously unable or not bothered to cook, learned a feast of new culinary skills. We discovered that healthy options were almost without limit – from low-carb meals to vegan and gluten-free alternatives, etc. Keep eating healthy food in 2021!

Workout more. Many millions of people embraced the virtual workout movement which mushroomed last year; yoga, dancing, stretching, resistance training, core exercise routines, even virtual karate classes! More than likely you, to a lesser or greater extent, did too! Keep it going in 2021. People have begun walking more, not only to avoid crowded public transport, but to relax the mind while exercising the body. Make working out an essential part of your daily routine in 2021.

Exercise your mind. Last year saw the proliferation of opportunities to embark on virtual learning the extent of which is limited only by your imagination. Opportunities to read whatever has been written is a mere click away. The new year presents you with the ideal opportunity to pick up the learning habits acquired during lockdown, to expand your knowledge and to feed your mind.

Change your habits. To say that we all succumbed to an unprecedented level of stress last year is an understatement. Many of us acquired harmful habits, believing that they helped us cope. Why not see the new year as a great chance to reevaluate habits that are holding you back from being the best you can be? The pandemic is not over. Use your alone time in 2021to meditate, breath and minimize your negative habits by putting them into perspective, seeing them for what they are and eventually eradicating them from your life.

That’s the ideal. Shorter-term goals mean sweeter results. After all, given the pandemic-induced challenges of the past year, we all need wins!