We can all agree that 2020 got off to a bumpy start, but that doesn't mean that you don't have time to hit the refresh button on your life. To make the process less overwhelming, here are a few ideas that you can start with to still get the most out of this year.
Revamp your finances
If being in control of your finances was not a constant juggling act, throw a pandemic into the midst of it, and many South African's found themselves trying to make ends meet. What happens when something as unexpected as COVID-19 has your finances reeling?
Restart. But before you restart, it is important to assess what went wrong to avoid making the same mistakes. If you did not have any financial safety nets in place such as life insurance and income protection to name a few, it’s time that you do. The last thing you want is to expose you and your loved ones financially from unexpected events.
Never be afraid to cut back on the things that you don't need or are unsustainable in the long run. Seeking assistance from a financial advisor can give you leverage on what to cut back on without putting a strain on your finances.
Put a spring in your step
Living a healthy lifestyle can affect every part of your life; from making better decisions to even saving money. Rushing the process will get you nowhere but taking mindful steps to lead a healthier lifestyle can make a difference. Knowing how to get back into your fitness regime can make you avoid injuries or setting unrealistic goals that will see you quitting in a week.
Remember to always start small before taking leaps in your fitness and diet regime. Go for a walk and gradually increase this to a jog. Slowly cut out unhealthy foods and reduce your spend on takeaways. Set workouts goals that are easy to complete and gradually increase the difficulty. Keep going at it even on the days where you don't feel like it.
Taking care of your mental health
Taking care of your mental health is something that everyone needs to do frequently. Without protecting your mental health you could easily become stressed, depend on unhealthy coping mechanisms and experience burnout or depression. It impacts our quality of life and our decision making. There are simple mindful activities that you can start with. However, if you can afford seeing a psychologist we suggest you do this to create a holistic approach with practical steps of taking care of your mental health.
Making the most of the new levels of lockdown
We have officially eased into level 2 of lockdown which means that places that were previously restricted are now open for us to go to. Gyms, interprovincial travelling, hotels, restaurants and pubs have now been opened with the expectation that you follow the set guidelines such as social distancing, sanitizing, and wearing a mask. The new level of lockdown also means that we have more freedom to move around and visit our loved ones, which is a much needed break from the four walls of our house. Just make sure that you stay safe to avoid being infected with the COVID-19 virus.