2020 has been a doozy. So it's no surprise that many of us are counting down the minutes until the stroke of midnight on Dec. 31 when we can finally end this year for good. But as we start the new year, maybe there are some changes we'd like to see in our lives, like to get in shape or keep in better touch with loved ones. If so, there's no better way to commit to these changes than to make a new year's resolution.
Getting healthy doesn’t always mean losing weight, though it’s usually a happy outcome of a healthier lifestyle. It could also mean improving your cardiovascular health. If you don't want to risk joining a gym quite yet, consider purchasing at-home fitness machines and boosting your energy with protein powders and supplements. And if your meal planning needs some portion control, opt for a weight loss program or meal kits.
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Finances are a biggie in feeling like you have your life together—and many people are feeling the pinch with recent layoffs due to the pandemic. You can improve your cash flow by getting a higher-paying job, in which case you’ll need to dress the part in work-appropriate attire. You could also remove expenses by cutting the cord or getting sound financial advice. Lastly, cut down the clutter in your home office: an organized space leads to an organized mind.
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Whether you want to travel the world or expand your mind from the comfort of your own couch, there are plenty of options open to you. Try Booking.com to save on last-minute trips to a new country and brush up on the local language with Rosetta Stone. You can also hone your professional skills and knowledge of current events with online classes and magazines.
Old college roommates, coworkers past and present, and new in-laws—all these relationships take time and effort to make them work, especially while social distancing. You can pave the way for stronger relationships in 2021 by reaching out to an old friend with a heartfelt note, cheering up a loved one with a special gift, or adopting the ultimate best friend.
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Finding love is easier said than done, but there are a few ways you can put yourself out there this year to increase your chances. If you’re starting from scratch, try an online dating app to introduce you to like-minded singles in your area. And if you are currently in a relationship, consider strengthening those bonds with romantic gestures such as chocolate, flowers, or a nice bottle of bubbly.