Three Positive Life Changes to Make in 2021
In 2020, life as we knew it changed drastically. One day we were living normal lives; going to work, visiting a bar with friends, planning summer holidays, and the next day, everything ground to a halt. Going to the office wasn’t permitted, shops and bars closed and transport networks completely sat still for the first time in a century.
All this means we had to change our lifestyles. For the first time ever, we were allowed to sit back and take it all in, in our own time. Whilst this caused a lot of uncertainty, it also taught us many valuable life lessons that we should take with us as we move into 2021.
Here are three positive life changes we can make in 2021 based off of the turbulent trials of 2020.
1. Empathy and Compassion
We’re all guilty of glossing over all the great things in our lives and focusing on the bad stuff. Prior to 2020, many of us would fall into the ‘woe is me’ rhetoric – even if the problem was more of an inconvenience than an actual issue. What the last 12 months have taught us is that actually, most of us have it pretty good. The pandemic has highlighted how lots of people don’t have a loving circle around them or a good, stable job. We learned that more people live in poverty or on the breadline than we previously realised, and compassion was brought to the forefront of many people’s minds. Everyone became a little bit kinder in 2020, and that’s something that should continue moving forward.
Whether it’s saying hello to your neighbour, becoming a pen-pal with an elderly person, volunteering once a month for a cause close to you, or placing a heavy emphasis on the value of charity into your children or those around you, empathy and compassion should be at the core of what we do in 2021.
Not only will this benefit other people in your community and around the world, acts of kindness are actually highly beneficial to your health and can prevent your risk of developing things like depression and heart disease.
2. Time Out
Life moves at 100mph sometimes, and it’s common for people to feel like they can’t take time off to relax and enjoy the little things in life. This often means people don’t take all their holiday entitlement, work late and feel bad about taking time off. Well, if 2020 has taught us one thing, it’s that life can change in an instant and therefore we should take every chance we get to spend with those closest to us. Not only this, but for the sake of your mental wellbeing, it’s important to separate your work life from your home life. That means no answering emails from home, saying no to staying late and not feeling guilty when you’re not in the office.
It also means not feeling obliged to do anything on your day off. It’s okay to take at least day a week to just sit back and relax at home. This will allow your mind and body to recover from the stresses of the week, as well as giving you the chance to spend some quality time with your nearest and dearest.
3. Take Photos
For lots of people who have been separated from their loved ones, photos have been a focal point for them to remember the good times with those they care about the most. Taking photos is a little change that can have a big impact and cements memories that everyone can look back on. Sometimes, a reminder of the good times is the best pick-me-up during the not-so-good times, and that’s why pledging to capture more of life’s brilliant moments is a positive change you can make in 2021.
No one likes having a camera in their face all the time, and it’s very much important to experience life in the moment rather than through a screen, but taking unplanned photos that are truly candid is a great way to relive those special moments for years to come.
These are just three positive changes you can make to better your life in 2021. Will you be taking any of these on board?