Feeling more burned out than usual (thanks 2020)? We’ve got you. If you’re looking for ways to stop procrastinating on building better health habits but aren’t sure where to start, you’re in the right place. Let’s face it — younger generations are experiencing new types of stress. From video chat overload to more experiences happening online than in-person, Millennials and Gen Z are facing increased device fatigue.
Here, we’re all about making this month (and every day) #RealGood, no matter the environment. Join us in getting a jump start on New Year’s resolutions with these three tips:
Set boundaries often. Try communicating your needs with others the way you would communicate with your next pizza delivery person: clearly and without any frills. Your friends, your family or your romantic partners can’t predict what’s going through your head. It’s up to you to communicate where you stand. This extends beyond close relationships, consider other aspects of your life where boundary setting may benefit you, like at work, during a volunteer activity or even with your own phone (yes, you can tell it to back off).
Drink responsibly — every time. So many activities in our day-to-day grind can benefit from mindfulness — even drinking alcohol (if you choose to do so). The next time you pop open a cold one, slow down, savor each sip and consciously focus on what you are doing. This also helps if you’re looking to cut back your alcohol consumption. It might seem obvious, but try buying less alcohol to reduce your access or read up on the latest trendy mocktail.
Create priorities for yourself. In times of uncertainty (read: how is going to be March again so soon?), it may feel like it is even more challenging to get control of your schedule. At the start of each day or beginning of each week, write down a few things you want to accomplish and review the important appointments and responsibilities you have. Take inventory of the must-dos and the “this can wait” tasks to feel more at ease.
We know 2020 has been tough, but if one thing is for sure, this year taught us how quickly things can change. Remember, change doesn’t always have to be a bad thing. Change can be a deliberate, healthy choice or series of small choices like the ideas above. With the holidays in full swing, it might feel like you’re not creating enough time for yourself. You can always change things up to live your best — and healthiest — life.