Happy New Year!
The year 2020 is now officially behind us however its impact will linger for a very long time. Most of us are totally drained from the hardships and challenges of last year. Unfortunately, 2021 didn’t come with a ‘magic switch’. Many people are still facing challenges and hardships as we begin a new calendar year.
It’s OK if you are welcoming this year with uncertainty. The good news is you can make the decision to move forward with renewed energy and motivation. You have the power to change your mindset to change the way you feel! Let's
explore a few simple habits you can change to help you reenergize and motivate your mindset for 2021.
Improve Time Management Skills
Time management is often overlooked, but it is the key to renewing your energy and motivation. Time management is one of the most important factors of productivity but having focus is KEY! Start by evaluating how you actually spend your time.
Are you spending too much time on tasks that don’t contribute to productivity?
Can you identify specific “time sucks” that hijack your attention and zap your focus?
Once you understand how you are actually spending your time, you can use it better.
Be mindful of “decision fatigue”. Princeton and Stanford have both done studies on the
subject and the results point to making important decisions during the first half of your day. Start
by tackling the most important things on your ‘to-do’ list to boost your sense of accomplishment
so you’re feeling motivated for the rest of the day.
Lighten Your Load
Do not overcommit! Sometimes, it is easy to fall into the trap of wanting to please everyone. Saying ‘NO” can be hard but you can lighten your load by setting healthy boundaries. Overcommitment, both professionally and personally, can increase stress," said Joshua Flatow, MD.
As you clear up your schedule by making better use of your time, don't forget to prioritize your mental health. We all need a break from time to time. Plan to take a mindful moment by reserving 10 minutes to focus on the moment at hand. When we practice mindfulness, it helps calm racing thoughts by tuning into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than reliving the past or imagining the future
Fitness goals are popular New Year’s Resolutions but committing to a healthier lifestyle is a better way of viewing self-improvement. Working from home and inactivity can lead to a sedentary lifestyle. Sitting at a desk for hours and hours can leave you feeling sluggish and lethargic.
You don’t have to train for a marathon to be healthy. Go outside even if it’s just for a few moments. Exercise is one of the best ways to boost your mood. Newton’s first law of motion an object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion.
The new year is just beginning and you have the opportunity to make the most of it! Make a resolution to improve the way you feel. If you or someone you love is struggling with depression, anxiety, or other mental health conditions, we’re here to help. Our compassionate team is here to walk with you by providing convent care from home through our telepsychiatry services. Don’t hesitate to reach out.