How to Start the New Year Off Right
New Year’s resolutions. It’s a term that gets thrown around quite a bit this time of year, and for good reason. As cliché as this may sound, setting New Year’s goals is a great opportunity to lay out a roadmap towards objectives that will make you a better you. Whether your goals are related to health, wealth, or happiness, we believe it’s always important to push yourself outside your comfort zone. That being said, it’s also important not to stress yourself, which is why we recommend starting small and making New Year’s goals that you can easily incorporate into your daily life. Below are 8 ideas we think are helpful steps to start 2021 off right.
1. Declutter Your Life
Look around your home or office. Anything that has been sitting in the same spot for a few weeks (or months) probably doesn’t need to be there anymore. In a time where many people are feeling constantly overloaded with stress, decluttering is a great way to improve your mood and state of mind in numerous ways. Consider spending 10 or 15 minutes a day examining a drawer, desktop, tabletop, cupboard, closet, or some other space where items tend to stack up and decide if they should be kept somewhere else or perhaps tossed in the trash. Within a short amount of time, you might find you have better focus, concentration, and motivation.
2. Spend Quality Time With Quality Friends
Considering the COVID-19 pandemic, it has never been more challenging to spend quality time with some of the most important people in your life, especially if you want to spend that time in public. In 2021, consider setting a New Year’s goal that includes exploring new ways of connecting with friends and family who will be there for you in the same way that you’ll be there for them. Long-term physical and emotional benefits of relationships are clinically proven to affect long-term physical and emotional health. Whether you choose to engage in-person or digitally, take the time to reach out to someone who means something to you. It is a great way to maintain a social circle of support that will benefit you in ways you never might have realized.
3. Explore the Health Benefits of CBD
The cannabis plant is loaded with vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, flavonoids, and omega fatty acids. CBD extract from this plant is used by millions of people to reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep, fight diseases, and fortify the body’s overall health. Unlike THC, CBD products do not produce a “high” effect many people experience when smoking weed. It is a safe, natural, and easy way to explore new ways of making a better you in the coming new year. Rooted Hemp offers a full catalog of high quality options in a variety of doses and strengths that we are happy to help our customers understand and explore. Do not hesitate to contact us today if you find yourself interested or curious about investing in CBD.
4. Let People Know You Care About Them
It’s easy to forget to let people know we care about them. Consider setting a New Year’s goal to tell at least one person each day, week, or month how you truly feel about them, and that you are grateful they are in your life. Not only will you find yourself solidifying bonds and keeping relationships strong, you will also feel the positive effect of maintaining a social circle of genuine people who may start caring for you as much as you care for them. Consider mentioning different aspects of their personality or character traits that you specifically notice or care for, and watch how they light up and appreciate the effort you are making to know someone out there loves them and cares for them.
5. Add an Element of Spirituality to Your Life
Spiritual practices are commonly associated with improved health and wellbeing for many reasons. Mediation, for instance, can induce feelings of calm, while at the same time improving concentration. Similarly, prayer causes relaxation, comfort, and an overall sense of improved wellbeing. Becoming aware of your inner life through journaling can also help you feel more connected to your physical environment, relationships, and give a greater sense of purpose and direction as the year 2021 begins. Consider spending 15 to 30 minutes each day describing the events of the day and what you hope will happen in the days that follow.
6. Get Your Finances in Order
Planning for retirement, eliminating debt, or simply creating a budget are all wonderful first steps you can take to create a sense of financial peace of mind in 2021. Setting financial goals (both long and short term) are equally important, and can’t really happen without one or the other. Goal setting is beneficial in all aspects of life, and finances play an important role in taking care of family, setting up retirement, and planning for the future in general. Setting a financial goal will help improve resourcefulness, productivity, confidence, and satisfaction with your daily life, so it is one goal we strongly encourage our readers to consider in the coming new year.
7. Buy a New Bed Pillow
This is one of the easiest (and most important) New Year’s goals we could think of. Pillows are incredibly important to the quality of sleep you receive at night, and for less that $50, you can acquire a pillow that will improve your quality of sleep, improve your neck and spine alignment, and greatly lower the chances of chronic soreness or pain in your body. Many people go years before buying a new pillow, much to the detriment of their long and short term health. Start the new year off right by simply researching a few pillow companies and deciding what will work best for you. Your neck and back will thank you later.
8. Take a Break From Social Media
Numerous studies show that spending too much time on social media can lead to increased stress, anxiety, and depression. Because many of the social media apps we use every day are purposefully designed to keep us engaged in them, it can be tremendously difficult to pull away at times. Yet, it is important that we do. From a health perspective, it is important to be aware of how you are using social media. Are you constantly comparing yourself to others you see on social media? Do you find yourself doomscrolling? Do you look at it right before you go to bed and as soon as you wake up? If your answer to any of the above questions is yes, then please consider limiting your social media usage in 2021.
And that’s it! Thank you for taking the time to read through our top 8 suggestions for setting New Year’s goals. Making big changes starts with small steps, and no one has to move mountains or reinvent the wheel to start down a new path. Take time to step back and gain perspective on what is really important to you, and perhaps use some of our suggestions or come up with your own to make 2021 a better year.