And just like that, 2020 is about to fade into the annals of history. It left its mark, though. And how!! But mankind intends to push forward and greet 2021 with open hearts and arms. We may have been battered and bruised by the coronavirus pandemic that raged on for most of 2020 and continues to wreak its havoc worldwide, but the future is looking brighter; more hopeful than it did just a few short months ago. And with that I’d like to offer up cheers to the New Year! But not before we discuss some practical New Year’s resolutions that focus on our physical and emotional wellbeing. We’ve been through the wringer; all of us- nurses, doctors, laypeople… And this year we need to step back and focus on US.
Physical Wellness Goals:
1. Nutrition– This is the kind of thing you know, but takes effort to implement. A well-balanced diet is key to feeling good and keeping your body healthy. Not to mention it’ll keep your immune system in tip top shape so that you can ward off all those common winter illnesses. You’ll want to focus on eating a variety of fruits and veggies, whole grains, lean proteins etc., and cut down on sugar, processed foods and fatty foods. Plus, drink up! Water is your best friend😊
2. Keep on moving– People hear this and automatically assume they’ve got to hit up the gym 3-4 times a week. Nope! No one is forcing you to go anywhere. A brisk walk, a bike ride, an at home exercise video… These are all things you can do to keep your muscles active and your body in shape. Start out once a week and slowly build up your stamina.
3. Catch some zzzzz’s– According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), a proper night’s sleep, which is approximately 6-8 hours for adults, is necessary to fight off infection, support metabolism, perform well in school, or work effectively and safely. Need I say more?? I think not.
Emotional Wellness Goals:
1. Reduce stress– HA!! Easier said than done, right?!? 2020 brought with it a raging storm of emotions and 2021 is going to be the year to destress. Whether that means taking up yoga, meditation, finding a beautiful outdoor location to stroll through when the weather allows for it, or simply practicing breathing exercises. Any of these things in which you wish to engage will greatly reduce your stress levels and leave you feeling calmer and more productive.
2. Reflect on your day– This can be done through journaling or by taking 2 minutes before bed to reflect on your day and state that which you are grateful for. It reminds you that life is a gift and that despite the difficulties in your life or the state of affairs in the world, you are still blessed.
3. Self-care– This is KEY! If you don’t care for yourself, how do you intend to care for others?? Yes, I’m looking at you, nurses!! Take the time to do something for YOU! I know it’s a little hard during the pandemic but you’ve got to make the effort. Perhaps an at-home massage, a manicure (if your local salons are open) etc. You need to do you. It’s the only way to fill up your vessel so that you can keep on giving of yourself. Words of affirmation are a powerful tool as well and can really boost your confidence!
Annnnd that’s a wrap! So long 2020!!