When a new year rolls around, many of us feel the need to make some changes to our lives. That can mean many things, from making a commitment to exercising more to being a better friend, so it’s important to sit down and think hard about all the ways you want to improve yourself over the next year.
After you’ve narrowed down the changes you want to make, it’s just as important to think about how you’re going to stay motivated -- as mentioned here -- and the best ways to ensure you’re able to stick to a new routine. Will you need the support of your friends and family? Most often, a lifestyle change such as eating healthier demands that you keep communication open with your loved ones, in part because it will be harder for you to reach your goals if the people around you are actively doing the opposite.
Read on for a guide from Nutrii on how to meet and manage your goals for 2021.
Be a helper
One of the best ways to improve yourself in the new year is to make it your mission to help others. Especially during the pandemic, there are many great ways to give back and doing so can really boost your self-esteem and mental health. Sometimes, being able to give back allows us to see that our own lives aren’t as stressful as we once thought. Putting things into perspective — and helping someone else out in the process — can be a wonderful way to push the stress and anxiety away and focus on the good things in your life. Volunteering opportunities may be abundant in your community; check online for more information.
Get healthy, not skinny
One of the most popular self-improvement goals is, of course, losing weight. And while that’s a worthy goal to have, it’s important to make an effort to get healthy overall so that you can take care of your body and mind rather than just to lose a few pounds. This means getting rid of bad habits, such as smoking and not getting enough sleep, and learning to work exercise into your everyday routine. For more great tips on getting fit, check out the Nutrii Blog.
Rethink your career
2020 was a year of endless changes, and in 2021, you might be looking at life from a whole new perspective. Perhaps you have a new outlook on your career as well. If the past year has motivated you to set some new career goals, you may be curious about running your own business rather than working for someone else.
Working for yourself allows you to turn your biggest passion into a profitable business. As you work to get your business off the ground, you should prioritize incorporating as a limited liability company, or LLC, for tax benefits and asset protection. You can accomplish this by working with an online formation service for a low fee.
It’s always helpful to be specific in your goal-setting, because vague aspirations quickly lead to a lack of motivation. Once you know for sure what you want to accomplish, narrow it down even further by setting an end goal (such as the date you want to make these changes by) and write down your ideas for making it happen. For instance, if you want to start eating healthier, make a list of ways you can help yourself stick to it, such as writing out a grocery list ahead of time rather than impulse-buying.
Take care of yourself
It’s hard to get too far with any goal if you aren’t taking care of yourself, and this means physically, mentally, and spiritually. Think of the best ways you can practice self-care; what makes you happy? Make time every day or every other day to do it. As long as it’s not detrimental to your health or to another individual in some way, go for it!
Self-improvement may sound like a daunting goal, but with some help from friends and family, you’ll be able to accomplish anything you set your mind to. Keep communication open with your loved ones so they can support you on your journey.