Your happiness depends on the quality of your thoughts. This was so true for me in the past year and even more so today. A positive mindset is necessary for a fresh start. Now is the time to plan, do, and pursue new projects. Here are some suggestions to help you be a better you in 2021.
1. Declutter, Dust Off, Donate.
“The question of what you want to own is really a question of how you want to live your life,” said Marie Kondo. Holding on to old, dusty, useless things will only weigh you down. Think of decluttering as a necessary step to keeping the things you really want as opposed to just throwing things away. Start with your own closet. I did this on the very first day of the year (No procrastinating!). I went through racks of clothes and took my time in deciding which ones to fold. Then I did the same thing with my shoes. I’m a shoe person, so it took about three days for me to look, fit, fret, and finally, say adieu to some pairs.
It’s just the initial reluctance that you have to hurdle. Once I finished editing my wardrobe, it was easier to clean the kids’ closets. In the end, I had packed eight big boxes of clothes, shoes, and toys to give away. Next stop– my kitchen!
2. Give Gardening a Try.
Gardening has so many benefits! Getting a healthy dose of Vitamin D increases your calcium levels, which strengthens your bones and immune system. All that weeding, digging, planting, and nurturing is also good for the heart because of the cardiovascular activity involved. In addition, did you know that using your non-dominant hand while gardening will not only improve hand strength, but it’s likely to keep dementia at bay as the brain learns new ways to do things? Now you do.
Just recently, I found out that early exposure of children to dirt reduces allergies, anxiety, and autoimmune diseases. Lastly, the sense of accomplishment I feel when I see my lush vegetable garden is incomparable! I’m ready to take on more projects!
3. Plan Fun Activities with the Kids.
Being cooped up in the house for 10 months is really difficult for everyone, especially for the kids. We’ve tried everything from board/card games, pool activities, and dining al fresco just so they won’t have cabin fever. Lately, I’ve been bonding in the kitchen with my daughter. We found a blender and popsicle mold toy during our clean up drive and thought it would be fun to create frozen delights. We used the Live Fruitfully Kits of Jamba Juice, which come in these combinations: blueberry and banana, strawberry and banana, mango and banana, and mango and kale. These are fresh fruits that have been cold blasted and vacuum-sealed to retain their flavor and nutrients. Just look at how pretty our healthy popsicles turned out!
4. Keep On Moving!
Dedicate at least 30 minutes to doing some form of physical exercise daily. I find that exercising in the morning makes me more energized throughout the day. It’s good to vary your routine, too. Find something you enjoy doing, like dancing, swimming, or walking around the village. Once you go out, though, please make sure to wear a mask. Needless to say, eat well. More greens, fewer sweets. More water, less soda. Exercising is futile if you keep putting junk in your body.
5. Indulge in Things that Make You Happy.
Once work hours are over, find something that fills your soul. I cringed at the thought of watching KDramas before, but now I’m hooked! I get an adrenalin rush (and plenty of laughs) while watching the good looking actors and can’t help but binge because of the intelligently written scripts (Sky Castle, It’s Ok to Not Be Ok)! Reading a book just before sleeping helps me unwind, too. The same goes for listening to my favorite songs before heading off to dreamland. Laughter and a good night’s sleep are the best for the mind, body, and soul.
6. Have a Positive Mindset.
Keeping calm is half the battle. Not everything deserves our attention or reaction. I have not watched the news in ages and immediately unfollow any person or page that promotes negativity. Who you talk to, what you read and what you listen to affect your overall well-being, so choose well. Stop overthinking! Worrying will not get us anywhere, so let’s do what we can at the moment. Be generous to the help, continue supporting the health workers, and donate food to the poor barangays.
7. Be Grateful.
The fact that we are healthy, alive, and with our families is enough reason to be thankful. We will be better spouses and parents by being models of positivity.
I surrender everything to the good Lord, who is in control of everything. My heart is full of hope that brighter days are coming. Here’s to living our lives with purpose! Happy 2021 everybody!
Wife, fierce mom to two sharp-witted kids, corporate lawyer, passionate writer, bibliophile, world wanderer, and fashion enthusiast – these are just some of the hats that Paulyne wears. She’s most comfortable, though, in her invisible tiara, which empowers her to conquer the world. Catch a glimpse of The Busy Queen P’s life as she shares her adventures in parenting and beyond.
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