Living happily and healthfully 2021

 

Living happily and healthfully 2021

Happier & healthier
Happier & Healthier

When it comes to living happily and healthfully, minimalism can be a wonderful lifestyle and a great place to start. 

However, I do feel that it is only a part of the whole picture. 

And so in today's article, I want to share with you 15 ideas to change your life or improve your life in 2021. 

That involves a combination of minimalism, healthy habits, and intentional living. So that we can feel our best overall. 

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So the ideas in this article are divided up into three categories: minimalism, healthy habits, and intentional living, five ideas for each category. 

That I think can work well together, and that can help us to be better-rounded, and work on our happiness more holistically. 

So feel free to pick and choose the ones that work for you. And of course, I would also love to know which things you are going to be working on in 2021. 

So feel free to leave that down in the comments.

Five ideas for minimalist goals that you can try in 2021

1) Wait a while before you replace something

The first is something that I have been doing for a couple of years now, that is very simple but also very effective in making me a more mindful and conscious consumer. 

And that is to wait a while before you replace something. 

So if you have an item around the house that breaks for example, or maybe it runs out, instead of going to buy a new one immediately, see if you can wait a few days, or maybe even longer, to see if you miss having the item around. 

And if you do, then you will know for sure that this is an item that provides value for you. 

And then you can go out and get a new one. But maybe you will find that you are perfectly fine and content without the item. 

For example, a couple of months ago our blender broke. 

And instead of immediately buying a new one, we waited around two months, to see if we would miss having a blender. 

And during that time we tried different ways of preparing things that we would usually use the blender for, we got a little bit creative, and after that time, we figured that yes, we really do miss having our blender. 

It is a really nice thing to have. So we bought a new one. But this way, we were really sure that having a blender actually provides value for us.

2) Number two is to practice digital minimalism

And I think that this area of minimalism is often a bit overlooked but I find that it is so helpful in making my life less stressful and more organized. 

Digital minimalism
Digital Minimalism

Ideas can be digital de-cluttering, having a one screen policy, limiting certain apps, or switching off notifications. 

If you think you could benefit from a bit more digital minimalism, then I have an article where I share 20 things that you can do.

3) The third one is kind of a minimalism resolution that you could set for yourself in 2021

And that is to only buy something if it is100% perfect. 

And of course, this goes for clothing, but basically for anything that you can purchase. 

Often when we are looking for an item, we might buy something that we are not 100% sure about. 

Or we don't really do our research. And these are often the items that end up in the back of our closet or the back of our kitchen cabinets, and they hardly ever get used. 

So make it a point in 2021 that you will only buy something if it is 100% perfect. 

If it fits all your needs, checks all the boxes. 

If it is clothing, make sure that it really works well for you. That you feel really confident in it. And make sure also that this is an item that you can immediately start wearing or start using.

4) De-clutter

Goal idea number four is to de-clutter that one thing that you have been wanting to de-clutter for such a long time, but something has held you back. 

Oftentimes it is feelings of guilt. 

So maybe someone gave that to you, or maybe you spent a lot of money on it. Or something else that has held you back. 

But there is a reason that you secretly want edit gone for a while. 

And that is because the item is no longer serving you. 

So ask yourself the question if you would be secretly relieved if one day you woke up and the item was magically not around anymore. 

And if the answer is yes, then I advise you to bite the bullet and de-clutter that item. And do not feel guilty about it.

5) Always shop from your own home first

Shop from your own home
Shop from your own home

Minimalist goal number five is to always shop from your own home first. 

So make it a point in 2021 to look through your home, look through your storage spaces, before you buy something new. 

Because chances are you already own something that you can use. 

And you might even rediscover some items and find some things that you can really fall in love with again.

Next up are five healthy habit ideas for 2021

1) Incorporate self-care

Self care
Self-care

The first idea for healthy habits to start in 2021 is to incorporate self-care Sundays. 

And I actually used to do this myself, but I kind of stopped in the second half of last year. 

So I decided that I want to do this again this year. 

Now of course it does not have to be a Sunday, it can be any day that works for you. 

And it doesn't even have to be a whole day, you can also do a couple of hours a week. 

Or maybe one Sunday every two or three weeks. I'm thinking of doing a Sunday every two weeks. 

So find what works for your schedule, but do set some time aside for yourself regularly. 

Leave this time open to do whatever feels good at the moment. 

Leave time to be bored or do nothing. 

Or just do things for yourself that you didn't get around to during the week.

2) Eat one meal per day mindfully

Eating mindfully
Eating mindfully

The next idea for a goal that you can do in 2021 is to decide to always eat one meal per day mindfully, without distractions. 

And by distractions, I mean TV, laptop, phone, books, podcasts, and things of that nature. 

Of course, you are allowed to chat with someone else, if you're enjoying it with someone. 

But I feel that one meal per day is attainable, but still very valuable. 

We all have to eat several times a day, so if you can do this with one meal, then this can be a great time for you to just give you’re thinking mind a break. 

And really get out of your head into the present moment. 

Appreciate and value your food. And eating mindfully can even help us to feel more satiated after a meal.

3) Punch in and punch out

If you're working from home, during this time especially, then make it a goal for yourself to punch in and punch out. 

By which I mean set a time for yourself when you start working and when you finish work. 

After which you are not allowed to do any work, or check your emails or your business accounts. 

Most of us feel the pressure to always be reachable and always be available for work. 

And especially if you work from home, then this can blur the lines. 

So take charge and set boundaries for yourself, as well as for others. 

I usually find that if you answer your email after hours, and people know that, then they will come to expect that of you. 

Whereas if they know that you don't do that, usually they just accept it.

4) No screens one hour before going to bed

Another healthy habit to incorporate in 2021is no screens one hour before going to bed. 

Or if that works better for you, you could also say no devices in bed. 

Get in the habit of winding down before you go to sleep. 

No social media, no blue light. Just calming down and ending your days gently. 

And this will help you to sleep better and will make you feel more rested during the day.

5) Walk more often

Walking
Walking

Lastly in the healthy habits category is something that I feel does not get mentioned enough, and that is simply to walk more often. 

And I feel especially in the New Year when people have all these fitness goals. 

And we feel that we need to go all out to get results. 

When walking is actually also really really healthy. 

And helpful to keep our body healthy. 

I like to incorporate this myself in small ways. 

Like for example walking over to the next bus stop if I have to wait for a few minutes. 

Or going for a walk before I start working in the morning, or during a lunch break. 

And it is free, it is so nice to go out and get some fresh air, and it helps to get some perspective as well.

Five intentional living habits  

And for me, intentional living means that we can find more clarity, more purpose, and more joy in life. 

And it helps us to ask why we do the things we do, why we make the decisions that we make, and live more in alignment with what we truly find important in life.

1) News detox

The first habit you can try is doing a news detox. 
And this can mean not watching any news for a week, to really get your mind out of it. 
It can also mean setting some boundaries for yourself. 
Like watching the news or reading news articles for a maximum of 15 minutes a day. 
So set some sort of boundaries and limits for yourself, so that your news consumption doesn't get in the way of your mental and emotional well-being.

2) Learn one new thing each month

You could also think of setting a goal for yourself that you want to learn one new thing each month. 

Just for fun, just because it excites you or because you find it interesting. 

I think learning new things can be so wonderful. 

Because it helps to keep things fresh and interesting, it helps to keep our brains active and healthy. 

And it's just a nice thing to do for yourself, just because you find it fun.

3) Taking a few minutes each day to reach out to one person

The next happy life habit is of taking a few minutes aside each day to reach out to one person, a friend or family member, or just someone who's in your life. 

You don't have to spend hours talking on the phone with them, just send them a text asking how they're doing, or maybe send them a postcard. 

Something like that, to tell them that you're thinking about them. I think it's important to invest in our relationships with others.

4) Organized

You could also try and get a bit more organized in 2021. 

So if you are the type of person who often feels overwhelmed by all the many things that you have to do, or maybe you forget things easily, then it can really help to start planning in some way.

5) Start journaling or bullet journaling 

Writing journal
writing journal

Something that works for you. 

For me, my bullet journal really helps me to stay on top of things. 

And I never have to feel stressed about forgetting something important, because I know that I have it written down.

6) Make your decisions based on love instead of fear

And lastly, you could try and make it a point in 2021 to make your decisions based on love instead of fear. 

And I know that this sounds kind of hippy-dippy, but it's practical. 

So let me explain what I mean with an example. 

Say you want to get fitter in 2021. 

Basing that decision on fear means that you want to do it because you really dislike your current body. 

Or because you are afraid of gaining weight or getting sick. 

And instead, if you base a decision like that on love, you could say okay I really love my body. 

I appreciate everything that it does for me. 

And I want to take extra good care of it this year. 

So it is the same resolution, the same goal, the same decision. 

But it's very much based on something positive instead of something negative. 

I have been trying to do this for a couple of years now. 

And it's not always easy, but I'm getting better at it. And I find that it really does wonders for my mental well-being. 

To know that I am basing my decisions based on something positive instead of something negative. 

And I do feel less anxious, less discontent, and more secure. 

Have a wonderful day and I will see you again soon. Bye-bye!

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