Essential tips for building a New Year’s resolution that sticks for the next 12 months. Find inspiration to achieve your goals with useful resources to help you make the best of 2021.
After the challenges of 2020, it is time to focus, plan and draw some lessons for 2021! We share a proven method to evaluate your past year and set realistic goals for the year ahead. We aim to help you create a resolution to keep for the entire 12 months and build healthy habits. It is essential to reflect on what has occurred the previous year to learn how to move forward. Also identifying the necessary changes in your life will help achieve the maximum happiness, with the least effort.
Planning Is Key
Approach the task strategically by blocking an hour in January for this activity. Have near your calendar, digital and paper-based, your phone and a pen and paper. Make sure there are no distractions during this hour.
Start month by month in 2020 and write down the highlights and lowest points for each month. Aim to identify at least one high and low point for each calendar month by asking what went well and what went wrong.
Once you have all written down, it is time for reflection and learning. Start analysing your highlights and what has gone well in 2020 and see what is repeating. Use the same process to identify the lowest moments.
The objective is to identify what made you happy and fulfilled and how you can create more of these moments in 2021. Also, have a strategy to avoid experiencing again the negative emotions or roadblocks you had in 2020. For example, if one of your recurrent low points was about your weight, make sure this year, you focus on healthy nutrition and exercise.
Once you have identified what made you happy in 2020, it is time to decide if you can build upon your habits and take it to the next level. Let’s say you managed to workout consistently three days per week in 2020. How about taking it to the next level and setting another fitness goal that will build upon your progress for the year ahead? Or let’s say in 2020 you have managed to read 20 books. Then build upon that and increase your reading goal for 2021 with at least 10%.
Set your goals for the year ahead and write them down in your planner so you can remind yourself of your targets every day. For 2021 focus on writing down what will have the maximum impact to overbalance the negatives you encountered in 2020. Below are some of the aspects you might want to focus on in 2021.
A Good Skincare Routine
If your goal is to have better looking and healthier skin, focus on establishing a basic routine that suits your skin type and needs. Your skin needs to be cleansed daily, morning and evening, to remove dirt, debris, free radicals, pollution.
Use a lotion-based cleanser to avoid stripping your skin from the natural oils while gently cleansing your face. Moisturise after your cleansing with natural formulated creams and use a special one for the night to rejuvenate your skin and make it glow.
If you suffer from blemishes, choose a moisturiser with tea tree such as the Green Angel’s Rescue Cream. Tea tree essential oil is renowned as a natural antiseptic and enriched with Vitamin E may help improve fine lines and wrinkles by providing an antioxidant boost that supports the healthy growth of new skin cells.
Once a week, treat your face with a scrub and a face mask. To help your skin glow is essential to have a mild exfoliation once a week and the Apricot face scrub is the perfect product to exfoliate gently. If you suffer from dry skin, add to your basic regime a mask with avocado to soothe and hydrate the skin for a plumping effect.
Are you ready to feel like your best self, but not sure where to start? It is time to focus on sport this year. Whether you love working out outdoors, or you would rather stay home… your fitness journey can be an exciting goal for 2021.
Healthy living starts with daily exercising. Approach your training with a strategy to make it past the first week and build a healthy habit for 2021. At the beginning of each month, print a 30-day calendar with different goals and exercise-related milestones to keep yourself motivated.
I would recommend writing small notes about how you felt that day to get to know yourself better during your workout. Making notes on your progress will help you prepare the following month better in terms of exercises.
If you haven’t tried running until now, we have a full mini-series about how to get the basics for a running routine from getting motivated to warm-up exercises. Start with a mix of running and walking to avoid injuries and build up towards your running goal throughout 2021.
If you have indulged your sweet tooth during the holiday season or you have enjoyed more calories than in the rest of the year, it is time to focus on some healthy and nutritional meals to bring back your glow and feel more energetic.
Winter is a tough time to get all the vitamins required, and most of the time, we crave high caloric food. If you plan on having a big lunch during the day, then balance it out with a smoothie in the morning. I would also opt for a light dinner such as a veggie soup to warm up and limit the amount of calories. If you find yourself lacking inspiration for your morning breakfast - check out the recipes from the Monday Smoothie mini-series.
Replace your chocolate or other unhealthy snacks with fresh fruits and vegetables. Look for recipes for healthy snacks such as cherry tomatoes, radishes, cucumber slices, frozen peas, apple slices or oranges. These are easy to prepare and much better for your body.
If you want to read more this year, try combining reading and listening to books. Choose a couple of books you would be interested in reading and don't worry about simultaneously reading multiple books.
Pick a few books and read them based on your mood: some days you will crave some motivation and inspiration in the mornings, but you will love falling asleep over a good novel. Other times you might want to read something to learn and develop a skill or other times you will just want a good biography and find out some gossip about someone’s extravagant life.
For fashion, design and beauty, we have reviewed some lovely books such as Pippa Paton’s "Twenty First Century Cotswold" volume one and Alexandra Shulman’s “Clothes and Other Things That Matter”.
Once you have identified 3-5 actionable goals write them down in your 2021 planner or notebook. Start fresh - and face your resolution every day you open your agenda. It will make you more accountable, and your rate of success is higher! Use #NYResolution and tag @DorianHouse to share your progress this year!
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