4 Resolutions for More Hope and Better Health in 2021
If you’re glad for 2020 to be over, you are most definitely not alone. This was a traumatic and tough year for everyone. Thankfully, with a vaccine being distributed and so many other positive developments, there’s hope for a better year ahead.
That’s why the new year is such a perfect time to shed old habits and start fresh by improving your health and happiness. If you’re still making your resolutions, consider using these suggestions to make 2021 the year you thrive.
Prioritize Your Mental Health
There’s no doubt that our collective mental health has suffered this past year. All you have to do is look at the latest NAMI articles to see that as pandemic waves crash over our nation, tsunamis of mental health issues follow. People are feeling more anxious, stressed, and depressed. Being separated from loved ones is likely to worsen these impacts.
Path to Hope Counseling is a phenomenal resource for managing your mental well-being. By visiting their website, you can find helpful links, videos, and articles that focus on navigating the difficult emotions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
De-Stress Your Home Environment
As previously mentioned, stress is at an all-time high for people across the world. Recent reports from the APA show that up to 78% of adults are feeling stressed about the pandemic itself. Even more of the population is dealing with added stress from pandemic-related changes like working from home and helping their children learn from home. If things have been feeling tenser in your home, seeking mental health support can help.
You may also want to consider making changes to your home in order to clear out any negative energy that can intensify feelings of stress. As one example, organizing clutter in your home can make it easier for everyone to focus, while de-escalating arguments and complaining. To introduce even more calming energy, try opening a window or smudging rooms with herbs.
Boost Your Nutrition With a Healthy Diet
Diet is always at the top of folks’ New Year’s resolution lists. After so many holiday sweets and heavy meals, it makes sense to want to lighten things up. Instead of focusing solely on shedding pounds, try to prioritize your health. This is critically important when you are choosing a diet plan to follow since so many trends can actually be dangerous for your body and mind.
Getting most of your nutrients from whole foods is a good goal. Even so, busy schedules and routines don’t always make this possible. So if you need to supplement your diet, go for it! Giving yourself a boost with vitamins like B-12 could even provide the energy you need to stay on top of the rest of your 2021 health and wellness goals.
Give Up Your Sedentary Habits for Good
If you have been working from home, you’ve likely been doing a lot of sitting, and this seemingly harmless habit can do some real damage to your health. You may notice these negative effects in the form of aches and pains in your neck or back. Long-term effects can be even more severe, though, with sitting being linked to an increased risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
Simply standing up can help, so you may want to invest in a standing desk before the next year begins. You could also take breaks throughout the day to follow along with short online workouts. As long as you replace about two hours of sitting with activity, you should be all good.
It’s been a rough year, but there will be better times ahead. You can make sure the next year is better for you by making a commitment to your physical health and emotional well-being. Make small changes that are more likely to stick but above all, practice compassion with yourself. Remember that Path to Hope Counseling is here to support you and your mental health in 2021 and beyond. If you feel you need help managing your emotional wellness or you’re concerned about a family member or other loved one, please contact us.
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