If 2020 taught us anything it’s that we really need to start looking after ourselves a little better. After months locked away in our own homes, most of us have resorted to our base selves when it comes to our dining habits. Ask yourself, honestly, how many times have you used Just Eat and Uber Eats in the last month.
2021 looks like it’s going to be just as ‘eventful’ but that doesn’t mean we should just shut the blinds and allow ourselves to lapse back into bad habits. A new year is a perfect time to start cultivating some positive habits.
Sticking to your exercise regime
January has always been a boom time for gyms across the world as millions of us vow to start anew with our exercise regimes. But by the time February rolls around that vow has been forgotten in a sea of beer, doughnuts and shame. This year, there has never been a better incentive to get in shape. We’re in the midst of a global pandemic and need to be fighting fit and healthy. So if you said you were going to go running for an hour a day back in December, stick to it. Even during lockdown that much is allowed!
Veganuary has become a major movement but ditching meat and dairy completely is a huge commitment and one that can have a significant effect on your digestive health. So why not start a little more subtly by instead starting ‘meat-free Monday’ where you have at least one vegan main meal a week. Once you’ve started to realise how varied and tasty vegan meals can be you might naturally start adding two meat-free days a week and then on to three and four. Before you know it, you’ll no longer be craving that bacon sandwich on a Sunday morning!
Treat yourself and your body
Whether it’s treating yourself to a comfy bit of cotton ladies nightwear or indulging in a hot bubble bath a few times a week, now might not be the time to be indulging but it’s also not the time to be depriving yourself of simple pleasures. A bubble bath and a nice new nightgown aren’t going to harm your waistline or your mental health.
Stay in touch with people
With the physical bonds of society breaking down there have been so many families and friends that have drifted apart over the course of 2020. Make 2021 the year where you reconnect with those you’ve lost touch with. Distance doesn’t even need to be a factor anymore. As long as they have an internet connection you can reach out to them. We’re more likely to get through this year if we can get throughout together!