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This year has not exactly gone how any of us planned, however, we still have plenty of time left in 2020 to start 2021 on the right foot. Instead of crawling into the new year, we have an opportunity to finish on a good note and set ourselves up for a new year.
If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that we need to live a bit more in the moment and actually do the things we want to do and not wait around for things to happen. That is why planning ahead of the start of 2021 needs to start happening already.
Start 2021 on The Right Foot Using These 5 Easy Tricks
The way you end this year will dictate how you start 2021 on the right foot. Here are seven ways to finish the year on a good note.
Take Up a New Hobby
Most of us have been cooped up in our homes for many months, doing the same things day after day. It’s time for some newness. Consider taking up a new hobby now rather than waiting for the new year to begin. Think about taking up an instrument, woodworking, crafting, or disc golf. Or take up fishing and get some tips from Tailored Tackle.
Whatever you do, do something new. Breaking out of your routines will change your outlook and excite you as the year comes to an end. Get out of your comfort zone.
Some overachievers out there have remained healthy and fit at home while the rest have slacked on healthy habits. If you fall into that camp, you still have time to turn things around this year. Incorporate some at-home workouts into your routine, start watching how often you eat unhealthy foods and make sure you’re drinking enough water each day. Your future self will thank you.
Sleep is an often overlooked aspect of health, but it’s so important. Sleep deprivation can be detrimental.
Many have normalized getting less than seven hours of sleep a night, but most experts agree you need more. So focus on your sleep while 2020 comes to an end. Create a bedtime routine, optimize your environment, cut the thermostat down a few degrees, and avoid eating right before bed. Getting better sleep will make you more productive, more energetic, and improve your mood. Quit overlooking it.
Give of Your Time
Many people in America have slowed down their volunteering during the pandemic. Giving of yourself and being generous with your time can work wonders for your spirit as this year comes to a close. It will grant you a new perspective and change the way you see things around you.
Consider tutoring, mentoring, serving at a homeless shelter, helping the elderly with their groceries, or helping small businesses get back on their feet. A lot of this can still be done despite our current situation. Many organizations are shifting to digital and still allowing volunteers.
Keep Connecting with Others
Once many began quarantining, Zoom calls, digital happy hours, and friendly phone chats were prevalent. But many of us have grown tired of the digital touchpoints and retreated. Don’t forget that you need other people. End the year by reconnecting with friends and family. Just because you’re not going out very often doesn’t mean you can’t have a social life.
End the Year Well
Just because the year didn’t start well doesn’t mean it has to end that way. While you are not able to change what has happened this past year, you can start 2021 on the right foot by learning from this past year and making changes.