If the stress of the last 12 months has left you looking and feeling like a shadow of your former self, then you are far from alone. Whether you have gradually let the pounds pile on, you have neglected your skincare routine, or you have forgotten what a fresh vegetable tastes like, it is never too late to make changes for the better.
Keep reading to discover four simple ways that you can turn yourself from merely surviving into thriving in 2021 and beyond.
1. Decide What You Want To Change
You are more likely to achieve your goals if you actually know what they are first. For example, rather than simply saying “I want to feel better,” try and be more specific in what you want to achieve.
Do you want to lose weight?
Do you want to have more energy?
Do you want to make more time for yourself?
Once you have established what it is that will make you look and feel better this year, you are already one step closer to a new and improved you.
2. Improve From Within
If you want your outward appearance to improve, you first need to work on what’s going on inside your body.
Bad skin is often the result of a poor diet. Feeling depressed can be caused by a lack of essential vitamins and minerals within the body, and being overweight is mostly linked with bad food choices. Therefore, if you want to change both your physical and mental state, you need to look at what you are putting into your body.
According to Vinay Amin, CEO of leading health supplement brand EU Natural, unrefined and chemical-free ingredients are the key to good health.
“The human body thrives on a diet that is rich in vitamins and minerals. The simplest way to achieve this is through a combination of clean eating and natural supplements.”
3. Say “NO” More
Many found themselves stretched too thin in 2020, with constant struggles of balancing work and home-schooling. Although you may think that you need to be strong for your family and continue to prove your worth at work, taking on too much can cause a whole host of physical and mental health problems.
This is why you need to embrace the power of saying no. This is a very simple, two-letter word but one that allows you to take back control of your life and prioritize what is most important.
4. Do Things That Bring You Joy
This may seem obvious, but you will be surprised at just how many people don’t take the time to engage in activities that actually bring them joy.
Think back over the last year. How many moments in the last year can you remember where you did something that was purely to make yourself happy?
Not anyone else. Just you.
If it is fewer times than you care to admit, then this year that you need to focus more on yourself and less on the people around you. Although this may sound selfish, self-care is essential for your overall wellbeing, and without it, you won’t be able to do your job of caring for others properly.