Let’s face it, 2020 was not our year, and it seemed like everything just kept getting worse when the year just began. However, now that we’re at the tail-end of the year and are about to welcome a new one, now’s not the time for sulking but another chance of making this year the best it can be.
These next two weeks we have left are our last chance at making things a blast and preparing for the year to come. So, we’ll be looking at how we can mentally and physically ready ourselves to make 2021 the exact opposite of 2020.
#1 Checking In With Yourself
First things first, we should take a step back and ask ourselves how we’re holding up with all the scary stuff happening around us. We’ve all been negatively impacted by this pandemic, and the feeling of being choked up and held down at home is not a pleasant feeling either. So, take this opportunity to get comfortable and rid yourself of any negative thoughts keeping you down.
- Stress and Anxiety: One of the worst adverse effects of this pandemic is the unhealthy amount of stress and anxiety people are facing on a daily basis. It has gone so bad that some people experience depressing episodes where the world just feels like it’s crumbling apart. We suggest using these last two weeks as a chance to relax and reset; don’t hesitate to reach out for help.
- A Good Look In The Mirror: With everyone stuck at home, we’ve all become too familiar with the fridge and might have betrayed our meal plans. And, on a more serious note, this pandemic has also placed an unnecessary amount of pressure on those experiencing/ at risk of eating disorders. So, don’t be afraid to look into getting treatment options for bulimia nervosa or changing up your diet plans if it isn’t as serious.
#2 Looking At The Brighter Side
Second, on your checklist for 2021, you’ll want to look at the brighter side of things and look forward to all the fun stuff you’ll be doing in the new year. Sure, much of our 2020 lifestyle has been bogged down at home, working from a laptop, and Netflix and chilling, but remind yourself that all of that’s about to change with 2021. As the fallout of this pandemic starts to curve down and give us more wiggle room, we should embrace the opportunities that come with the new normal.
- Planning Your Itinerary: While travel in some parts of the world is still restricted at level four, you’ll be surprised to find out that many countries have been doing relatively okay and are open for travel. So, if you’re looking to collect more stamps on your passport, it’s high time you start checking with places where travel isn’t ill-advised. Although, please remember to exercise increased caution and follow local guidelines to stay safe.
- Learning A New Skill: New Year’s resolutions come and go, but with all this extra time we get to spend at home, now’s the best opportunity for you to set your sights on learning a new skill. If traveling isn’t your thing, then adding a new craft or talent to your skillset is very doable this coming 2021. All you’ve got to do is finding out what skill you want to learn these next two weeks or so.
#3 Connecting With Family & Friends
Last but not least, apart from all the new cool things you can do and checking up with yourself, don’t forget to include your family & friends in the process. They’re going through the same problems as you, and if we take the time to check up on them and invite them to our plans, we can all get through these last two weeks together. Plus, you could show off all the fancy recipes and dishes you’ve learned over the quarantine.
Things may look grim and dark right now, but it won’t always be; things will change and are about to change. So, as 2020 comes to a close, and we welcome the year 2021, start it right by staying hopeful and optimistic of the future that will soon arrive.