5 Realistic New Year’s Resolutions
New Year’s Resolutions are great, but they’re even better when you can stick to them. That’s why I’ve put together a list of 5 resolutions I’m going to personally try out in 2021.
1. Try Something New
Currently in Los Angeles, where I live, there are a number of things I used to do that just aren’t available anymore (unfortunately online shopping is not one of them). However, instead of seeing these as restrictions, I’ve decided to look at this as an opportunity to try something I haven't done before. Starting that indoor garden, perhaps? Or maybe checking out an album by an artist I don’t normally listen to. Even learning a new skill! There are a litany of experiences out there waiting to be discovered.
2. Cooking More
With most restaurants being closed down here, I’ve been ordering in A LOT. Postmates has become a mainstay in our household, but if I’m being honest we may have gone a little overboard. With that in mind, I’ve decided to try and cook more. It’s therapeutic, a creative outlet, and--thanks to a wide variety of home delivery services (Hello Fresh, Blue Apron) -- easier than ever!
3. Getting Some Fresh Air
If you’re like me, pre-pandemic life was spent mostly indoors or in the car. Sure, I made some time to venture outdoors here and there, but I didn’t have nearly enough time to do it as much as I’d liked. Getting outside and soaking up some vitamin D does wonders to clear my head...and with my social calendar being a little more anemic than usual, I have time to actually make it part of my every day routine!
4. Spreading A Little Kindness
I don’t know anyone who couldn’t benefit from a kind word from a stranger, or maybe even a neighbor. During this time I think it’s crucial that we all band together and help make it through what might be the most difficult time many of us have ever faced. You never know how far a well intentioned compliment or simply just asking how someone's day is going will reach. It’s little things like this which can make all the difference in someone else's day.
5 . Checking In With Yourself More
This sounds simple but can be one of the easiest things to overlook. Making time to check in with yourself can do wonders for your mental health. For me, the most difficult thing about this pandemic has been being okay with not being productive every single minute of the day. Recognizing that some things are simply out of my control has been one of the most liberating and life changing lessons I've ever learned. Give yourself a break! I promise, it’s going to be okay.