Absolutely no one knew 2020 would unravel the way it did.
A year ago, you were probably staring wide-eyed at the TV screen watching the ball drop, surrounded by your friends and family. It's no surprise that this year may look a little different.
Instead of family, you may be surrounded by video-chats and bags of microwave popcorn, electronically toasting to the possibilities of hope in the new year.
Do you remember the resolutions you made last December?
The effects of COVID-19 have left people struggling to pick up the pieces and resume a "normal" life again. Life has changed so much in the last 12 months, and people's New Years Resolutions are changing as well.
The New Resolutions
A super common New Year's resolution in years past has been to get into better shape. People were constantly vowing to work out more or cut out the carbs.
There's absolutely nothing wrong with resolutions like these, and they are still encouraged. Working out with COVID-19 restrictions can sometimes be difficult, so you can read a few ways to better your physical health during this unprecedented time here.
Better Your Mental Health
After 2020, resolutions are shifting more towards making sure your mind is healthy, not just fitting into a smaller swimsuit.
To do this, try taking a yoga class. Meditation has worked wonders for people's mental health and lets you relax and take a break from the stress of the world. Stepping away from social media has also allowed people to give themselves a much-needed breath of fresh air.
Better Your Relationships
Resolutions for 2021 are also being centered around bettering your relationships with others. This year was a hard time for everyone as visiting older family and friends became a lot harder.
These relationships are often taken for granted, so pledging to call the ones you love most is a great new resolution. Take your friends out to lunch just because, and spend a lot more time with your parents or grandparents if you are blessed enough to have that opportunity.
Traveling amidst COVID-19 restrictions is far from impossible, but does require some extra steps for staying safe. If your resolution includes going to visit your family elsewhere, make sure you do so safely by checking out this helpful resource and following local and national regulations.
Better Your Mindset
In a study done by Stockholm University, people's New Year's resolutions were put to the test. Out of all the factors contributing to whether or not someone kept their resolution, the most impactful was the wording of the resolution itself.
Instead of saying "I won't eat any more sugar", people tried saying "I will eat more vegetables." This slight change from a negative phrase to a positive one led to a 12% higher success rate in keeping their resolutions.
For more examples of positively framed resolutions, check out this list of resolutions you may want to adopt for 2021.
This past year has been a rollercoaster of stress, anxiety, and depression for most. Your hopes may have been dashed, but there's still good news.
The New Year is here, and with it comes new dreams.
Please keep in mind the local and national recommendations for staying safe during the COVID pandemic. Remember to socially distance, stay home when you can, wear a mask, and wash your hands regularly.
Don't know what supplies you'll need to keep your health resolutions this year? Contact Complete Care Medical and let us set you up for success.
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