By Quinton Kiser
So, it’s a new year. It’s 2021, to be exact. For some of us, it is a little hard to believe that we are actually in the year 2021. I can remember when the year 2000 was an exciting, futuristic year that many people were looking forward to. I can remember when the year 2010 was a vague year that seemed far off in the future, and I couldn’t imagine what life might be like when we finally got there. But now we’ve arrived. If that doesn’t amaze you (even just a little), you’re probably at least glad to be done with 2020. That year was definitely a year for the history books, and I’m sure many of us are hoping that 2021 is better.
The good news is, you don’t have to merely hope that 2021 is a better year. You can do certain things for yourself to help make this a decent year. Granted, 2020 was filled with all sorts of things that most of us had little control over—COVID-19, a rancorous presidential election, Tiger King, and depleted store shelves. Nevertheless, much of our well-being is still in our control. We just need to take the initiative to self-reflect and decide specifically what we need to work on in our lives and how can go about doing it. Here are some ways you can take better care of yourself in 2021 so that it is better than 2020.
We all need to take care of ourselves. Many of us do that in a variety of different ways—by eating well, by exercising, and by managing our financial lives, just to name a few examples. However, as we work to take care of ourselves, we need to realize that we all have many aspects of ourselves that need care. If we eat well and exercise, we may be taking good care of our physical bodies, but we might be neglecting to take proper care of our minds. In this article, we will be looking at ways to do that. Obviously, these aren’t the only things people can do to take care of themselves in 2021. As you read, be sure to think and reflect on other ways you can take care of yourself in the upcoming year.
We definitely have been through a challenging year, and many of us are hoping that 2021 will be better. Many things happened in 2020 that we couldn’t control (like COVID-19). Nevertheless, we can, to some extent, control the quality of our lives. In addition to the points listed above, I challenge you to consider other ways that that you can improve your well-being in the upcoming year.
Dr. Donna Poppendieck (Dr. P) has over 30 years of experience in the mental health care field. She is a seasoned college professor and instructor for providers. She uses credible, proven holistic health strategies in instruction for parents of children with mental health challenges looking for another approach as well as healthcare providers seeking to implement or understand holistic strategies.