Self care habits

With every new year comes new chances to improve yourself and reach your goals. As you say goodbye to 2020 and happily welcome in the new year, there’s no better time to start thinking about your self care and ways that you can be a better you in the coming months. Take a look at these self-care habits that will help provide you with the building blocks for a happy and healthy 2021!

1. Work It Out

Let’s get the most classic self-care habit out of the way first—working out. Yes, it may not be the most exciting resolution for 2021, but it sure is important. Rather than do the most popular exercises or what you have been told is best for your body, try a different perspective this year.

Out of all the ways you can get your body moving, pick the ones you think you will enjoy the most. That’s the best way to set yourself up for success. Go for a hike. Take a swim. Walk your dog longer than you normally would. Start small and work your way up!

2. Make Sleep a Priority

Life gets hectic and sometimes our sleeping schedule pays the price. As you’ve been told many times before, sleep is crucial to your health because it lowers your risk for disease, improves brain function, and more.

Try your best to get enough sleep each day. Whether that means taking power naps, getting up earlier, or going to bed earlier, make it happen.

3. Get Outside

You’d be surprised how a little fresh air and Vitamin D can put you in a better mood. Practice self care in 2021 by getting outside for at least a few minutes every day. Going for a walk during lunch is a great excuse to enjoy the outdoors during the weekdays!

4. Use More Positive Self Talk

You may not even realize it, but that inner voice in your head can be the biggest downfall when it comes to your outlook on life. Rather than think negative thoughts throughout your day, practice the self-care habit of positive self talk.

If you find yourself in a stressful or unpleasant situation, choose to affirm yourself. “I made a mistake, but this was a good learning experience” or “That was a hard decision, but I know that it’s the best for me” are just a couple examples of positive self talk.

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5. Set Down Your Phone

This 2021 goal can apply to all electronics, but your phone is a good place to start. In a society where social media rules, you often find yourself staring at a screen looking at what other people are doing. 

Focus on yourself and take back precious time in your day by putting away your phone. Turning your phone off during meals is a realistic 2021 goal that can pave the way for lessening your screen time.

6. Find Time For Yourself

No matter how busy your schedule gets, it’s important to take time to treat yourself. Do what makes you happy as much as you can. Go grab lunch with your best friend at Grossmont Center or squeeze in that yoga session after work. 

7. Better Your Relationships

Between juggling work and your home life, nurturing relationships can be a big challenge. Make the extra effort in 2021 to better your relationships by calling and visiting more often, or simply checking in through text every once in a while.

Our interpersonal relationships with family, friends, and partners play a huge part in our happiness, so it’s important to take care of them.

8. Stop Stressing About Weight

Our society places physical beauty far above anything else, but that doesn’t mean you need to stress about fitting into these normalized standards of beauty. Try implementing the self-care habit of body acceptance. Live a healthy lifestyle and stop worrying about your weight!

9. Eat Healthier

Eating fast food every day is not the way to a happy, healthy 2021. Set a goal to eat healthier in the new year by cooking your own meals, taking vitamins and supplements, and cutting out unhealthy fats and sugars.

10. Go Out of Your Comfort Zone

One of the worst feelings in life is the sense that each day is monotonous or predictable. Yes, playing it safe has its perks, but there’s something to be said about going out of your comfort zone. Be more spontaneous and adventurous in the new year and try things you’ve never done before. It will build up your confidence and help you grow as a person.

11. Be Better About Cleaning

There’s nothing worse than coming home to a dirty, messy home! Change up your lifestyle and better your cleaning habits to ease your stress and have one less thing on your to-do list.

Living in a clean space is not only good for your mental health, it’s also good for your physical health too. Get rid of nasty germs and dust to reduce your risk of getting sick.

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12. Plan Things to Look Forward To

Another form of practicing self care is having things to look forward to. Break up the routine of what you need to do (work, clean, sleep) by incorporating what you want to do as well. Start planning small or big activities to keep you motivated throughout the year. Here are a few examples:

  • Plan vacations or road trips
  • Schedule beauty care appointments
  • Plan date nights
  • Have monthly hang outs with friends

13. Don’t Be Afraid to Say No

If you find yourself trying to please others more than yourself, you need to reevaluate your choices in 2021. There is nothing wrong with being selfish sometimes. Practice self care by learning to say “No.”

Try to find a happy balance between being a caring person while also prioritizing your own wellbeing.

14. Surround Yourself with Positive People

You are who you surround yourself with. Whether you want to believe it or not, the attitudes and habits of your closest friends and family make a huge impact on who you are as a person.

Choose to surround yourself with only those that lift you up and encourage positivity. While it may be a tough self-care habit to live out, it truly is life changing. 

15. Work on Stress Management

Life is stressful, but there are plenty of ways to reduce and manage your stress in a healthy way. Identify the sources of your stress, try to reduce them, and find strategies that help you work through the stress you can’t avoid. Here are a few stress management techniques to implement:

  • Learn to open up and express your feelings to those you trust
  • Incorporate exercise into your daily life
  • Try meditation and deep breathing on a regular basis
  • Get enough sleep

The new year is just beginning and there is so much possibility for growth and happiness. Practicing self care is one of the best ways to make 2021 the best year yet! Use these 2021 goals for inspiration and discover 20 simple and inexpensive ways to treat yourself.

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