If you have been struggling with overwhelming feelings and post-pandemic social anxiety, you are not the only one. The past two years have been a rollercoaster of emotions, and have had a drastic impact on everyone’s lives. However, the new year is around the corner, and we have all finally started getting used to the new normal.
You might still be wearing a mask while doing so – but it is time to start working towards your personal and academic goals! In the sections below, you can find some unmissable tips to help you start the new year looking and feeling at your best – and ready to take on any challenge that the new year might bring!
Focus on Your Mental Wellbeing
Your mindset and attitude can determine your chances of success! If you have been feeling anxious, sad, overwhelmed, and intimidated, you might not be able to have the mental balance and determination to focus on your goals.
So, before actively striving to meet your set standards, you should focus on improving your mindset. There are many ways to do so:
- Exercise every day – moving your body helps release endorphins, or the happiness hormone, which has the power to make you feel happier. Additionally, exercise can help you feel healthy and improve your self-image. And, exercise is the one thing all successful people do every day!
- Practice mindfulness – mindfulness meditation can help you feel more aware of yourself and your surroundings, control your flight or fight reaction, and keep stress levels low. Start with a 5-minute session!
- Practice self-care – taking time for yourself and doing the things you love shouldn’t be a privilege! Make sure you take some time during the day to dedicate to your hobbies, passions, or interests.
Set Goals – But Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself!
Setting smart goals for yourself is key to success. Setting objectives that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound can help you keep track of your progress and achieve more in 2022.
However, it is important not to set goals that are too big – or just too many goals! Indeed, doing so, and missing your deadlines can cause you to lose motivation and struggle to achieve the other objectives.
Instead, break down the bigger goals you have on your list into multiple milestones. And don’t be too hard on yourself if you need to postpone a deadline or two.
Rely on Your Support System
In the past months, we have all felt lonely and disconnected at some point. However, you do have a thriving support system of family members and friends who love and support you. Remember that no person is an island, and you will need help from them just like they might need help from you.
Relying on these relationships and building stronger ties can help you thrive in life and always have a safety net to fall back on!
Don’t Be Afraid To Ask for Help
Not everyone’s path is the same, and what others might achieve with ease might be hard for you. However, everyone has unique characteristics and strengths to keep in mind. If you are struggling to see yours, don’t be afraid to ask for help! There are plenty of counselors and experts of coaching with confidence who can help you.