11 Feb 2021
It’s February – already!
The past 12 months have been like nothing any of us have ever known and if you’re anything like us, you thought that 2021 would be a chance for a do over.
Every year we say ’new year, new me’. Whether it relates to health, finances or work, we seem to think the changes we make need to be bold and a complete 180-degree turn around. Setting such high expectations and believing we can make a success of each one puts us under immense pressure from the get-go and can, in the majority of cases, only be sustained for a short period of time. Throw in the fact that we’re in the midst of a worldwide pandemic and the whole thing can seem doomed from the start.
We’re all in this together. We need to remember to look after ourselves and our loved ones. Don’t feel pressurised to be perfect. Make small changes that you can realistically stick with.
We’re all spending a huge amount of time in our homes and, in the beginning, it was our intention to keep it super neat and tidy. We started off well by tackling the whole house with enthusiasm, but our fussiness quickly fell by the wayside.
Not everyone is a born Mrs Hinch or Marie Kondo and after a long day of working (whether out in the real world or at home) or homeschooling kids, the last thing you want to do is break out the hoover, duster, mop and bleach and set to work. Likewise, Saturdays and Sundays are meant to be spent doing what you love, not cleaning bathrooms and scrubbing floors, so leaving all the housework until the weekend isn’t a great option either.
Making small changes to how you live in your home will become second nature and result in a much smaller chore list, leaving you more time to relax.
These all seem totally obvious but taking a few minutes to consciously tidy up as you go reduces the amount of time you need to spend doing housework.
It’s often easy to neglect the one person in your life you should be taking care of – yourself. Over the past few years, we’ve all become more aware of the importance of looking after our own well-being and mental health, but it’s still difficult to justify taking the time to focus on you.
As we said at the start, small changes are easier to make and more sustainable than grand declarations of swearing off everything and changing your life completely. Choosing to commit to something, whether it’s once a week or once a month, gets you into a routine that you’re more likely to continue.
Diet and Exercise
This is where we regularly fall down when it comes to following through with our intentions. It’s so easy to use food as an emotional crutch.
So how can we make changes to our lifestyle so that we become healthier and fitter, without falling at the first hurdle?
This is probably the most difficult one. We’re social animals and being locked down, away from family, friends and loved ones is causing tension and loneliness.
The changes you make here don’t need to be drastic to be effective.
Keep it real in 2021 and let’s reconvene in 2022 to see how we did.