2020 has been an extremely difficult year for so many. The challenges we have faced have taught us many valuable lessons and afforded us an opportunity for growth. As the New Year draws near, it’s the perfect time to reflect on what has been. Here are 21 resolutions to inspire you for 2021.
Use less plastic
Recycling isn’t enough. Plastic can only be recycled so many times, and the recycling process itself involves carbon emissions. This means the remainder is burned, which releases carbon-rich smoke into the atmosphere.
Eat less meat
Eating less meat is good for your health, and for the environment. Studies have shown that a vegetarian diet has half the carbon footprint compared to a meat-eating diet. Moving to a more plant based diet has an even lower carbon footprint and puts animal welfare first. You could even try Veganuary and see how you get on.
There has never been a better time to get fitter. Why not try adding one extra exercise session to your week?
Try a new sport
Between national lockdowns and restrictive tier systems, 2020 wasn’t the year for trying something new. But 2021 can be!
COVID-19 has put respiratory health front of mind. If you’ve been waiting for a sign to quit smoking, this is it.
Visit independent restaurants
Almost all restaurants have really suffered through the pandemic, but it is the small independent restaurants that really need your help.
It’s better for the planet! Seasonal vegetables tend to be grown much close to home, which means less miles travelled and more flavour!
Cook something new once a week
Some might describe 2020 as a little bit… monotonous. Mix things up by trying out a new recipe every week in 2021. Check out our Instagram for inspiration.
Join a club
We can’t wait for the restrictions to be relaxed so we can meet new people. Real people. In real life.
My mum told me that you can never read too much and I agree.
Watch less TV
After the year we’ve had, Netflix deserves a break.
Reduce your screen time
Hands up if your average screen time has more than doubled during the pandemic. It’s time to do something about that.
Sanitise your phone weekly
Did you know that some studies have found that phones carry about 10 times as much bacteria as most toilet seats! Gross.
Why not buy secondhand clothes?
As if you need another excuse to go shopping. However, shopping in charity shops doesn’t just support the charity, it's also much better for the environment than buying new. Nice.
Shop local whenever possible
When you shop local, you’re directly supporting your local community. Order from Mecommi and have fresh, local produce delivered straight to your door.
Learn a new skill
Whether it is for personal or professional development, there has never been a better time to learn a new skill. How about a new language? .
Learn a new hobby
Hobbies give you an opportunity to enhance your life by destressing yourself while remaining mentally productive. Here are some ideas - learn how to dance, paint, skate, play an instrument.
If 2020 taught us one thing, it is to seize the day. Don’t put things off any longer. Start now.
Choosing a new years resolution is a great start. If you write down your goals, you are much more likely to achieve them. Cool!
Start using affirmations
Positive affirmations are statements you make to yourself to overcome self-sabotage. They aim to affect our conscious and unconscious and inturn, affect our behaviour. It also makes you feel great. (I am going to finish this blog post tonight)
Dedicate more time to self care
2020 has been a challenging year. It’s tempting to go into 2021 with excessive energy but don’t forget that you still need to look after yourself. Schedule in time for self care.