There is no doubt that 2020 has been one of the most difficult years in recent memory. And we’re only in August. The COVID-19 crisis will go down in history as the biggest part of this year and there isn’t a person on the planet that has not been impacted by this virus in one way or another.
Though times are extremely tough for everyone, it’s important to still take time to focus on yourself during these stressful moments. From spending more time outdoors to cutting back on some of your more unhealthy habits, it’s time to level up and get ready for 2021!
Here are some great tips and ideas that should help you become a much better version of yourself as 2020 starts to wind down:
Get Outside Much More Often
Planting some flowers might not seem like the most relaxing thing in the world, but if you go into it with a positive mindset — it actually can be tremendously relaxing and beneficial! Whether you’re gardening with your family or taking some time alone to sit out and mess around in the mulch, you’ll likely start feeling much better!
Gardening is a great way to improve your physical and mental wellbeing and can actually be a lot of fun! According to Gardening For Health: A Regular Dose of Gardening, several trials have revealed the beneficial effects on mood and mental health of simply being in nature. In a similar Japanese study, viewing plants altered Electroencephalography (EEG) recordings and reduced stress, fear, anger, and sadness, as well as reducing blood pressure, pulse rate, muscle tension, and more.
Take Better Care of Your Vehicle
A study released by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration in 2002 estimated that the direct cost of corrosion in the United States was $276 billion each year, or about 3% of the nation’s GDP.
One of your main responsibilities as an adult is taking excellent care of your vehicle. It’s not that hard. All you have to do is pay attention to how your car is functioning out on the roads and perform visual inspections daily. Before you get into your vehicle and get behind the wheel — every day — you need to walk around your car and make sure the tire pressure looks good and nothing else looks off. If you notice anything wrong, take it to a professional repair shop right away. It’s annoying sure, but it will save you a fortune in the long run. Plus, handling these kinds of responsibilities in a timely fashion will help you feel much more productive.
These professionals can help with all kinds of complicated auto-related issues. There are four main functions of metalworking fluids: cooling, lubrication, chip removal, and corrosion control.
Stop Drinking Alcohol
If your drinking has actually been a major issue, you need to prioritize this above everything else. Drinking can ruin a person’s life and only gets worse and worse if not addressed and taken care of. Excessive drinking can lead to all kinds of horrible problems like divorce, ended careers, and possible jail time.
A DUI conviction will likely be raised to a felony if it is the driver’s fourth DUI offense or the driver has had a prior felony DUI offense within 10 years of the new charge.
If you only have a drink or two every once in a while, you should be fine! But if you indulge a little more than you’d like to, you’re going to have to make a concerted effort to cut back and eventually stop. The first few weekends will be tough, especially if you’re going to bars, restaurants, and family parties. But after a few weeks, you’re going to feel like you’re ready to take on the entire world.
It’s been talked about for years but there is still a negative stigma associated with meditation. You have to power through, though, because the benefits of meditation can be extraordinary. Again, it’ll be tricky for a few days or weeks. But then you’ll have a real meditation muscle that you’ll be able to improve on. You’re not going to be perfect and that’s okay. Just take some time each day to pause, breathe deeply, and relax.
Pro tip: Having trouble finding a secluded and peaceful place to practice meditation? Consider spending 10 minutes a day meditating in your garden!
It’s time to become a better you in 2020 and beyond! Start meditating a bit more, cut back on your unhealthy habits, handle your responsibilities, and think about tossing on your gardening gloves and spending some time in nature.