How to Make 2020 Your Year
Guest Post by Marie Miguel
We’re still early into 2020 and many of us are wondering how we can make this year the one to set an example by. For many, the 2010’s were rocky, but 2020 may be the relief we need. But as they say, it all begins with you. And you can set goals, make plans, and create the change. Here are some ways to do just that:
We can’t emphasize enough the transformative power of traveling. Some people are making plans for a beach vacation to Florida, or going to Vietnam for some interesting cuisine. However, not everyone can afford to travel and we understand this.
That said, you don’t need to travel far. Spend more days off going to places close by. Go to a park near your area, or head to the city at night. There are many ways you can get the mental health relief traveling has to offer without spending a lot of money.
A common problem is that they worry too much about the future or think about the past too much. This isn’t to say you can’t do this, but there’s a limit. One way you can move past this mindset, and a way you can achieve even stronger mental health, is through the power of mindfulness.
Mindfulness involves the use of meditation, observing nature, controlled breathing, and other techniques to step into full awareness of the present. You don’t need to be practicing yoga in India to achieve it, either. Mindfulness can be practiced at home by anyone at any age. Just look up some mindfulness guides and get started.
Look into Online Therapy or Counseling
There are many who realize that they can get help or advice through their computer or smart device. If you’re always out, have an odd schedule, or can’t leave the house, online therapy or counseling can help. Being able to video chat or text a licensed therapist makes a difference. Alternatively, if you have a degree in counseling, you can work from home and offer your services. It’s a good way to make a living without making your own clinic or going through a firm. Click here for more information: https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/careers/all-about-online-counselor-jobs-making-a-career-of-online-therapy/
Many people think of working out as a way for them to lose that extra holiday weight. While shedding some pounds isn’t a bad idea, working out for other reasons besides body image can keep you motivated. Working out:
- Lowers stress levels
- Helps with depression
- Leads to better sleep
- Gives you more energy
Just to name a few benefits. You don’t need to go super strict, either. Walk or run a bit on a treadmill and ease yourself into fitness. You will get better results with ease. So toss this idea of losing 10 pounds in a week and just work out at your own pace.
While being a busy bee in 2020 can be great, many people compromise on sleep. Having the occasional bad night’s rest won’t kill you at the end of the day, but if you’re always getting poor sleep, this can lead to some serious mental and physical effects, not just feeling tired all day.
If you’re having problems with sleep, check your sleep hygiene. Do something at night that relaxes you. Use your bed just for sleep or sexual activity. If you can’t sleep, get up and do something relaxing, then go back to bed later. This is the decade where we all need to catch up on our Zzz’s.
Finally, be accountable for your mistakes. We all make mistakes, or promises that we can’t keep, and it’s important to admit you messed up and find ways to improve it. Don’t beat yourself up over a mistake, but instead learn some ways that you can be able to improve yourself in the future.
These are a few ways to make 2020 yours. It’s early in the year, so don’t worry but also begin to think about how you want the year to turn out!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health-related topics. At present, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.