Did you make any resolutions this New Year? Here’s one to consider: improving your personal wellness for 2021. It’s a big goal for sure, but the trouble with big plans is that they’re usually too vague and vast to attain.
So let’s break it down. What does better wellness look like for you in 2021?
Check-In Time: Be Here Now
There’s no denying that 2020 was a struggle in almost every way imaginable. People’s wellness took a toll, and the pandemic’s effects were especially devastating on mental health. Anxiety, depression, isolation, uncertainty, fear, and anger exploded, resulting in an overwhelmingly negative impact on overall wellbeing. But the mental health downturn was positive in one way: it shone a blinding spotlight on the need for self-care and mental health maintenance.
Not only is mental health wellness necessary for survival, happiness, and fulfillment – but it’s also beneficial for us as members of the workforce. When we neglect our wellbeing, we can’t do an excellent job at work. You could even consider wellness maintenance a valuable workplace skill.
Udemy’s 2021 Workplace Learning Trends Report saw enrollment skyrocket for soft-skill courses, including anxiety management, resilience, stress management, meditation, and mindfulness. It seems like we could all use a little more wellness maintenance this year.
Tips For Maximizing Wellness In 2021
1. Recognize Your Feelings
Being aware of feelings like stress and anxiety will allow you to deal with them effectively. The more in tune you are with your own emotions, the more quickly you’ll be able to identify the root cause(s). The sooner you can do that, the sooner you can find a way to address those emotional needs. Be patient, though. Knowing yourself is not an easy process, and it takes time to recognize emotional patterns and responses.
2. Take Care of Your Needs
What does the flight attendant tell you when you get on an airplane? “Please apply your air mask before attempting to help someone else with theirs.” This year, you’ve got to help yourself first, and that’s not selfish. If you can’t take care of yourself, you’ll burn out, and you won’t be able to help anybody else. In a way, taking care of yourself is a way for you to continue helping others.
3. Set Boundaries
You need boundaries in all parts of your life, whether at work or with family, friends, and acquaintances. Especially now, with remote work, it feels harder to say no. What’s another task on the to-do list? But creating borders between business and leisure time will help you relax when the workday is done.
4. Talk It Out
Communication is hard – but it is necessary. Like boundaries, communication should apply to all aspects of life. Now more than ever, it’s essential to maintain your relationships and allow yourself to be strengthened by them.
5. Adjust Your Expectations
Last year was tough, and we’re still experiencing the fallout. Don’t expect too much of yourself – or others. That isn’t to say you should do away with standards completely; just try to practice a little extra patience and compassion.
So here’s to a year that’s better than the last—and never forget, your wellness is a top priority. It’s an investment in you, and you’re worth it.
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