How to Get More Out of This Coming Year

Although 2020 was a challenging year and affected people in different ways, it left us all with valuable life lessons. As we go into the New Year and get a fresh start, here is how to hold on to those lessons as well as learn new ones. Listed below are habits to build and ways to improve your mindset so you can continue growing as an individual in 2021 and make your life a little more fulfilling.

Be open to the idea of change.

Accepting that changes will occur is the first step towards being flexible and taking full advantage of the opportunities you get. Being open to change also builds confidence as you feel prepared to take on anything that comes your way.

Step out of your comfort zone.

Once you adapt to the idea of change, you can start pushing self-inflicted boundaries and experience more than you ever thought possible. While staying in a comfort bubble is tempting, it will never let us utilize our full potential.

Stepping away from what keeps us comfortable and facing our fears is what will truly help us grow. You don’t have to face a huge fear every day; it’s the little steps that count. Even something as little as a new hairstyle you have been wanting to try but couldn’t build up the courage to, can be life-changing. Taking on these smaller fears consistently will make it easier for you to face the bigger ones when that time comes.

Keep your space tidy.

We’ve all heard how a clean atmosphere can do wonders for your headspace, but it really does work! However, this does not mean that you have to set all your other plans aside and go into a deep-cleaning frenzy. All you have to do is clean up a little clutter each day, and you will end up with a cleaner space and a clearer headspace.

Exercise as much as possible.

Exercising for as little as 30 minutes a day has countless benefits. While the physical benefits such as stronger bones and muscles seem apparent, studies have also proved exercise to be an effective treatment for depression, anxiety and ADHD.

For many of us, the gym is the first thing that comes to mind when we think of exercise, but there are so many other ways to get in your daily physical activity. Dancing, yoga, taking the stairs, sports and home workouts are all examples of what you can do if going to the gym is not your cup of tea.

Try Volunteering

If you’re looking for something new to try or have a little free time to fill, volunteering is the perfect activity. It enriches our lives and the lives of those we choose to help in so many ways. A study found that when a person volunteers his or her time, they begin to feel like they have more time and are more efficient. Volunteers also feel better about themselves, experience lower stress levels, and develop a deeper connection with others. Humanitarian organizations, animal shelters and wildlife protection programs are some examples of where you can start your volunteering journey.

Remind yourself to appreciate the small moments.

Last but not least, remind yourself to rejoice and take the time to appreciate the small moments. Take note of the little things in your day that spark joy because a habit of appreciating small moments of bliss often contribute more to lasting happiness.

Taking time out of your day to do something small that you’ve noticed you enjoy; such as early morning walks while the weather is pleasant can set the tone for your entire day and make the unpleasant days seem a lot easier too.

We hope these ideas benefit you in the coming year and make your year, a very happy one!

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Ghazia Bhojani is a young, aspiring writer based in Dubai. Her writing covers a range of topics including the arts, mental health and lifestyle.

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