After the excitement of starting the new decade, this year probably hasn’t turned out the way you wanted it to. This year, I had looked forward to traveling, spending time with friends, and running lots of races. Now that most plans have gone off the rails, you may feel like there’s nothing you can do other than survive.
Its so important to take care of yourself, now more than ever. There are actually quite a few things that you can do in the next few months to become a better, stronger version of yourself. My motto this year has been to control what you can control, so I wanted to share some of the things you still can control right now!
Work on your mental health. This year has taken a toll on everyone’s mental health. Whether it’s anxiety over money or illness, job loss, isolation, or strained relationships, don’t forget to spend time on your mental health. Whether its taking time away, using an app like Daylight, or talking to a Therapist, you won’t regret prioritizing your emotional well being.
Work on your physical health. Another way to help you feel your best is to improve your physical health. Don’t forget the importance of vitamins, eating more whole foods, or getting that annual physical with your doctor. Each and every thing we do to love our bodies helps us feel better.
Create a new exercise habit. While it seems like everyone has taken on crazy new workout routines, you don’t have to dedicate your life to exercise in order to do something good for your body. Start small with something like 20 minutes of yoga in the morning, a walk or jog around the neighborhood, or a quick Nike Training Club workout video. You’ll have a much greater impact from something small that you can repeat every day than trying to make a major change overnight.
Quit a bad habit. Is it time to end a bad relationship? Time to mute someone who always upsets you on social media? Or maybe its planning healthier snacks instead of grabbing a bag of chips when you’re hangry (guilty). You know what your bad habits are, and now would be a great time to focus on breaking the dependence on it!
Get your finances on track. During a challenging year like this, you might have scrapped any goals or plans with your finances, but its more important than ever to plan for the future. The best first step is to create a budget and understand your income vs. expenses. Even if you aren’t happy with what you see, knowledge is power. Next step, talk to someone at your bank about investing. Your invested money will make MORE money for you if done right. Doesn’t free money sound good to you?
Do the thing you’ve been putting off. We all have that thing we know we should do. Maybe its cleaning out a closet, maybe its calling that person you’ve meant to catch up with. Now is a good time to finally check these things off your to do list. I spent last weekend scraping paint off my garage door and repainting it. It wasn’t the most glamorous project, but I feel better that its finally done!
Little habit changes can lead to big transformations. If you don’t feel like you have the energy to tackle big goals right now, don’t forget to start with the small steps!