2020 has been quite a year, to say the least. This tumultuous time has made getting a fresh start in 2021 extra appealing to many, despite most of us recognizing that it won’t be a cure-all solution to the problems we’ve experienced this year. Even though certain situations, like the novel coronavirus, will still be in our midst, there is hope ahead. Better yet, you can start your year out on the right foot with a few New Year’s resolutions. Instead of going for the typical diet, exercise, or financial overhaul, why not try something a little different and way more significant this year, starting with our 3 suggestions below?
Commit to only doing exercise you actually like.
In January, gyms are usually packed, and home workout equipment flies off the shelves. By February, things are typically back to normal. Something similar happened during the start of the pandemic in March, and now, many have found themselves stuck with expensive equipment that they don’t even use. When it comes to exercise or physical activity, it’s important to find a way to move our bodies that we look forward to and brings us joy. Many of us are guilty of associating physical fitness with sweating it out to exercises we highly dislike versus choosing something that brings an accomplished smile to our face. This year, consider focusing on whatever type of movement feels fun to you personally.
Curate your social media feeds personally.
Make 2021 the year you say goodbye to social media clutter. Think about your platform feeds as carefully as you would think about the art hanging in your home. Who is on display most prominently, and which content creators will you devote your time to? While we could all use less time on social media, the truth is we are bound to spend a lot of time scrolling, so consider cleaning out your follow list instead. Purge any account that entices you to shop impulsively, diet or restrict, or make you feel less-than. Social media should be your own personal affirmation space and devoid of any negative energy. That probably means you should already unfollow your ex, as well…
Be more intentional about cooking, sourcing, and eating your food.
Instead of embarking on a super restrictive diet for 2021, what if you dug a bit deeper this time and focused on changing your relationship with food. Completely? Diet culture encourages us to focus on calories, macronutrients, and off-limits foods, which leaves you in a scarcity mindset and quick to cheat. Instead, focus on how you prepare, source, and eat your food. Of course, you don’t have to tackle all of these complex issues at once. When you bring awareness to the sourcing, cooking, and eating of your food, you’re likely to end up eating food that is fresh, fragrant, and nutrient-dense. Therefore, you may end up improving your eating habits without a restrictive, diet-type of approach.
At BayPointe Crossing Apartments in Virginia Beach, Virginia, we believe it’s important to live life vigorously. In order to do so, you must educate yourself on the regular basis with lifestyle-enhancing tips, such as these. With this blog post, we seek to improve your way-of-life through education that promotes self-care.