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6 things to add to your to-do list before the year ends

Here is a list of things to get done before 2021 comes to an end. They range from health-focused activities to positive lifestyle changes.
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It’s that time of the year again when friends and loved ones gather together to celebrate new year’s eve. But before you get into the festive mood, make time to do the things that you couldn’t do this year. One may wonder what difference will this make? Well, aside from checking off the items from your mental to-do list, these activities can help you feel healthy, organised and put you in a positive frame of mind. You will be better equipped to take on the challenges that you may face in future and welcome 2022 without any stress and worry.

Here is a list of things to get done before 2021 comes to an end. They range from health-focused activities to positive lifestyle changes. Take your pick and try to accomplish as many as you can. Whatever you decide, remember it will help you start the new year with renewed enthusiasm.

Get rid of the mental clutter

When a new year is in sight, you make plans to make your life better in the days to come. But when your mind is preoccupied with intrusive thoughts and restlessness, it can be tough to stay focused on the goals you’ve set for yourself. A cluttered mind tries to move in many different directions at once and keeps you from achieving your goals. Hence, it is pertinent to get rid of all the stray thoughts, worries, and concerns that have taken over your mental space. Because if you don’t, these thoughts can leave you feeling mentally drained.

An effective solution to this problem is meditation, which can help you put your negative thoughts to rest. When you are meditating, your mind is completely focused on the present moment. Everything else disappears. You are less confused as you have clarity in your thoughts and priorities. So, add meditation to the top of your list to get rid of the mental clutter so you can focus on making 2022 your best year yet.

Show gratitude to those around you

You wouldn’t be where you are today without the support and encouragement of your friends and family. Take this time to express gratitude to those who have been there for you in times of need. They helped you when you struggled and offered a shoulder to lean on when you failed. Send them a ‘Thank You’ note or take them out for a dinner and show how much they mean to you. These people have been with you in good times as well as bad. It is your turn to make them feel special. This way, you can strengthen your bond with them and start the new year with the positive vibes around you.

Take stock of your health

When a year comes to a close, it is a good idea to look back and see how fit you were in January compared to now. Taking stock of your health will help you determine whether or not, you have made any progress health-wise. You’ll also be able to make out what diet changes or exercises helped you and what didn’t. Furthermore, you will be clear about what you need to do to become healthier in future. This means, knowing what vitamins to take or what workouts to do that can help improve your health. Think about it, wouldn’t it be great knowing that the coming year could be your healthiest yet?

Find some time for ‘me-time’

While it’s tempting to start the new year’s celebration as soon as you can with your friends and family, keep some time aside for yourself too. In this period, you can focus just on yourself and do the things that can make you smile, feel rested and take away all the stress. Whether it is reading a book, listening to your favourite artist or cooking a Mediterranean dish, indulging in these activities can do wonders for your mental peace. This will keep you in a great state of mind as you start your celebration to welcome the new year.

Pat yourself on the back

On evaluating 2021, you may realise that you haven’t accomplished all the goals you had set in the beginning. You may also notice that you are closer to accomplishing them than you were in the last month. Instead of focusing on the setbacks that derailed your progress and berating yourself, recognise your achievements and celebrate them. Be it a promotion at work, achieving a personal goal or improving your health—these are big accomplishments, so pat yourself on the back. This will boost your motivation as you enter the new year with renewed enthusiasm.

Set goals for the coming year

Call them resolutions or goals, we all make a list of things we want to do or hobbies we want to adopt in the coming year. It gives us something to look forward to. However, while setting goals, you must make realistic, achievable, and joyful goals. Otherwise, after a few months, you will find yourself returning to your old ways. For instance, if you have set a plan to become healthier, be specific and think about the steps you need to take to achieve that goal. Whether it is joining the gym, changing the diet or adding some new exercises to your routine, create a plan and follow through.

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