Written by Anna Dugdale
I’m sure we can all agree, 2020 has not been easy; months in lockdown, not being able to see our loved ones, unclear guidance and complete changes to life as we know it. It’s been a struggle. Getting through 2020 is an achievement in itself, be proud of yourself for always picking yourself back up throughout every struggle you’ve had this year!
I doubt I’m alone when I say I’m praying for a better 2021. But with no guarantee that next year things will be normal, whatever that means anymore, I thought best to create resolutions that could be done no matter what.
- Practice self-care more frequently
I love the idea of self-care, putting on face and hair masks, doing your nails and generally pampering yourself is right up my street.
I know I’m guilty of letting it take the back seat when I’m stressed or tired or just can’t be bothered. But, I notice a massive difference in my mental health and confidence when I have taken the time to practice a little self-care.
Whilst physical self-care is something I definitely want to improve on, I also want to work on taking better care of myself mentally. I’m hoping to get back into reading, as a way of unplugging from my phone, job and any commitments that I have.
I’ve recognised this year that I feel better when I’m drinking more water, getting more sunlight and keeping my space clean so keeping that up through 2021 is a big goal of mine.
- Keep organised.
During the lockdowns, I have found it so easy to slip into being unproductive and unorganised. I wasn’t realising I had work to do until I was close to my deadlines.
I found buying a calendar and a planner helped me keep organised. I could track what tasks I had to complete, whether they were work related or errands I had to run, as well as shifts I was working or plans I had with friends.
Keeping this up through 2021 is a big goal of mine, as when I go through rough patches, being stressed or struggling mentally, I become unorganised and scatter-brained, which in turn stresses me out even more. I found that planning the night before helps, as I have a clearer head at night, rather than first thing in the morning when I’m sleepy and in need of caffeine before I can function.
- Learn that saying no is okay.
Being a people pleaser is a blessing and a curse. I struggle to turn down plans, shifts or events as I often have FOMO or just feel guilty saying no. But, I realise that sometimes I just need time to myself, to recharge.
I often find myself prioritising every commitment in my life before myself and this is something I intend to change.
Whether it’s a shift that I shouldn’t work because I have a deadline close, saying no to a plan I can’t really afford or not putting myself in a situation where I know I’ll feel uncomfortable or anxious, I need to learn to say no.
- Try new things.
I’m a huge creature of habit, guilty as charged. 90% of the time I order the same drinks, food, clothes, you name it. I order what I know I’ll like. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve tried to branch out and try new things. Luckily for me, most of the time I do end up liking the new things.
2021 is hopefully going to be a million miles away from 2020 and trying new things is a way that I’m going to attempt to make that happen.
- Become better at saving.
I’d like to think that I’m not awful with money but I definitely want to get better at saving. I plan on looking into budgeting properly and opening a savings account where I can’t withdraw money as admittedly, being able to access my money whenever I want is my downfall. I’ve got plenty of things I want to save for: holidays, a house at some point, a nicer car and more financial security overall.
Whilst I plan on enjoying 2021 to the absolute fullest, I plan on cutting out the smaller, unnecessary, impulsive purchases.
- Spend more time being mindful.
Life is stressful and it is so easy to get wound up in living in an endless cycle of negativity. I plan on practicing mindfulness in 2021. I’m going to start small, writing three things each morning that I’m grateful for. I’ve seen plenty of mindfulness book recommendations so I plan on making my way through those, linking back to practicing mental self-care.
I also plan on researching manifestation and speaking things into existence, as well as the law of attraction. Hopefully, this will help whenever I struggle mentally especially when my, and so many others, mental health has taken a beating during such a difficult year.
All in all, I just want 2021 to be a more positive year and I believe that starts with making changes in my own life. I hope everyone’s 2021 is a million times happier than 2020. Happy New Year, and remember to be kind to yourself!