The New Year has finally arrived. And while 2021 is possibly the most anticipated turn of the year since the millennium, Brexit aside, much remained unchanged as the clock struck midnight. With the festivities over and a few uncertain months ahead, it’s worth revisiting the habits you have in place to keep your self fit and well – both physically and mentally.

In the halcyon days of overseas travel, the airline safety briefing told us ‘in the event of an emergency – fit your own oxygen mask first’. As the leader in your business, you’ll want to apply the same principle to your personal self-care to keep you feeling on top of things and minimise the impact of fatigue, or even anxiety, over COVID and the restrictions.

Here are a few ideas of what you could focus on daily.

1. Exercise

It could be it a walk, run or one of the many 1000s of videos online.. Exercise releases endorphins that make you feel happy – so it’s great for your mental health. And we all know about the obvious physical benefits of exercise.

2. Meditation

Just two minutes of mindful breathing each day is known to have mental and physical benefits. There are some great Apps out there for meditating such as Headspace, Calm and even Fitbit. In reality, all you need to do is close your eyes. Then focus on your air going into your nose for the count of four, then breathe out through your mouth for the count of four. Simples!

3. Hydration

You’re really just a very complex plant. Sunshine and water go a long way.  Try drinking a couple of litres of water a day – even with cordial (sugar-free) has the same positive impact – helping you think more clearly.

4. Keep in touch

Back in the first lockdown in March 2020, I found it really useful to have what I called a ‘personal relationships communications plan’. Such a fancy name for a list of family and friends to contact! As lockdown fatigue set it, I was much less in touch with people and worse off for it, I think. So I’m resurrecting this for 2021 – maybe even call it a resolution – if such things exist for 2021.

5. Sleep

Anxiety and worry often result in that inconvenient 3 AM insomnia, making the following day less than productive. The above routines can definitely help you sleep better, as can a good sleep routine. This might include going to bed and waking up at the same time each day so that you get your 7-9 hour quota. I’ve also heard that not reading your phone in bed is a good one – maybe that’ll be my 2022 resolution!

You will never change your life until you change something you do daily – John C Maxwell.

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