Have you made any New Year’s resolutions?
And just like that, 2020 is behind us. The start of a new year is always exciting – we make lists, citing our goals and plans for the coming 12 months. However, this ‘New Year’ has been unlike any other, as we are still faced with the situation surrounding COVID-19. That’s why, this year, we’re going to keep things simple in terms of resolutions. You won’t see me pledging to run a marathon, or aiming to travel to a different city every month. These things just don’t feel realistic given the circumstances.
However, there are some resolutions that we can get on board with…
So many people enter a new year with (franky unrealistic) goals when it comes to health and fitness. So, how about instead of vowing to lose 3 stone by June, swearing off carbs and running 10k every day – just promise yourself you’ll move more. Go for a walk every day, do a lunch time yoga class, have a stretch after work, just commit to doing more moving.
Listen, last year, we all had moments when we probably could have been a bit nicer. No judgement, it was a bizarre year by all accounts, which is why for 2021, I’m thinking we all make a big, conscious effort to be nicer to those around us. We’re all going through a lot, so let’s smile and be nice to everyone!
Prioritise your favourite people
If 2020 taught us anything, it was the true value of those in your most inner circle. We all had to shrink our social contacts last year, spending time with just a handful of people for the most part. And frankly, we’ll be keeping that up! In 2021, try to prioritise time for people in your life that make you happiest.
Drink more water
Literally, no bad can come from drinking a few litres of water a day. It’s good for your skin, your digestion, your energy levels and your overall health. Try and aim for 2.5-3 litres a day – setting yourself reminders to get up and refill your glass or bottle if necessary.
Wear a mask
And last, but my no means least – the most important resolution of them all. WEAR A MASK. In Ireland, cases of COVID-19 are at an all-time hight, but vaccinations have also started. There’s light at the end of the tunnel, for sure, but we all have a part to play. The most important thing you can do to stop the spread of the virus? Simply, wear a mask. You’ll honestly be saving lives. Oh, and wash your hands – A LOT.
Here’s to a healthy and happy 2021!