How to Make 2021 Better Than 2020

2020. What a year. It’s safe to say that there’s probably no one on the planet that would like to relive the last 365 days. But that puts a lot of pressure on 2021’s shoulders to be better and brighter. Is it possible for us to do some of the work instead and ensure that no matter what comes our way, we’re ready to make the new year awesome?

As you hunker down for the holidays and consider any New Year’s resolutions, here are a few ideas you might want to put into practice in 2021.

Set Realistic Goals

If 2020 has shown us anything, it’s that life cannot be 100-percent planned. Even our most well-thought-out ideas can fall apart in an instant. This has been a source of serious distress and anxiety for many, but it also bears a helpful lesson.

Our lives are filled with unexpected moments, but we can adapt to them if we open our minds to the possibility of change. That means being more flexible with certain things and allowing ourselves to set smaller, more achievable milestones rather than getting caught up in the should-haves or could-bes.

Make a Priority List

Figure out what matters most to you, even if it isn’t something you currently have. If your top three priorities for 2021 are family, health and career growth, what could you do to start bringing more of those things into your sphere?

Taking a moment to reassess your current lifestyle with your priority list can help you determine where changes need to be made. If family is important to you, make a commitment to communicate more. If you are determined to take better care of yourself this year, you might adopt an exercise routine, journal more or decide to go to therapy.

Be Open About Your Needs

So many people were forced to put on a tough face and pretend they were coping much better than they really were in 2020. There is no shame in being impacted by things, let alone something as historical and unprecedented as COVID-19. You may need to stay strong for those you love, but you deserve comfort, too. To avoid more anxiety, depression and stress in the new year, make a commitment to be open about how you’re feeling, even if it’s just with yourself for now.

Counseling can also be a tremendous help in planning goals and making greater changes in your life. Foundations Family Counseling dedicates itself to helping both individuals and families bring greater harmony to their lives. Contact us today to book a virtual counseling session with one of our licensed therapists.