With 2022 just around the corner, it’s time to get started on the habits you’d like to start practising.
In just a blink of an eye, we’re halfway through the month of December! I think we can all agree that the past two years went by in less than a Thanos’ snap (if you’ve forgotten, he’s the dude from Avengers Endgame that wiped off half the population). In other words, things are moving way too fast. While we’ve been hustling through the pandemic, it’s easy to forget to stop and smell the roses, the achievements that we’ve gained over the past year, the hills we had to climb, grow, and learn from.
Well, with 2021’s chapter ending just around the corner, it’s that time of the year to look back and start fresh. If you’re in the midst of building a list of habits that you’d like to practise more in 2022, here are some helpful habits that focus on your well-being you can consider.
Making a habit of journaling can be really beneficial. Being mindful and reflective during pockets of your life is a great therapeutic process which helps you get a better grip on your thoughts and emotions, giving you the needed guidance to navigate them better.
And what better way than documenting pictures with them! Not only would you be more mindful about each day, it’d also make a nice memento of your journey throughout the year.
Setting aside some savings is always good and wise to do. You can start working on this by following a budget.
Budgeting how much you’re able to spend and having a fixed amount each month allows you to understand your expenditure, ration out your groceries and other necessities, and avoid making purchases that don’t fall under an important category.
If you’re having trouble saving money, do this: Whenever you receive a RM5 note, set it aside.
You’ll be surprised how much you end up saving by the end of the month! If you’re more of a paperless transaction kinda person, then try finding apps, like Maybank’s Tabung app, that could help you digitally save money.
Reached a financial goal you were aiming for? Give yourself a small treat and a bigger one for larger milestones. You deserve it!
The pandemic shifted the entire world online for various reasons so, understandably, it can be difficult to stay off our screens. For the sake of your own well-being, you need to start staying off your electronic devices for 15 minutes every 2 hours. This’ll help in decreasing eye fatigue and strain especially when continuously using. It’s something we’ve all heard, know, and want to do but is extremely hard to practise.
Using productivity apps that come with a timer gives you a reminder of when you should start practising your Me-time. So set it up and when the alarm goes off, take that time to stretch, walk around, and have a much-deserved water break. This leads me to my next point.
While we’d usually wing our days, especially our weekend after hustling hard during the other 5 days of the week, planning out your week during the weekends or the 1st day of every week is a great practice to ensure you incorporate the needed Me time.
Aside from that, it can help you organise and avoid feeling overwhelmed by all the tasks you need to get done. With more chill vibes, you’d probably decrease the chances of forgetting a task too!
Instead of buying new clothes every so often, upcycle and restyle your existing clothes! As fun as shopping is, it isn’t always necessary (and probably not as friendly on your wallet).
While you may get a little boost of serotonin getting a new fit, unleashing your creative side by finding out new ways to wear the clothes you already own could give you a greater satisfaction!
Plus, this’ll contribute towards habit no. 2 of saving up, boost your fashion sense, and bring out your personality more
Are you guilty of forgetting your meals because you’re stuck at the computer finishing your work? Guilty as charged here!
Here’s your reminder to stop and smell the… food! Or better yet, make it on your own.
Every weekend, or whenever you’re free, dig out a recipe from YouTube or look through the pages of your grandmother’s old cookbook, and whip up something new to eat. This’ll help you discover new dishes that you might end up loving or hating. Either way, it’ll broaden your platter. Plus, it could be very therapeutic for you after a long day of studying or working.
And with cooking, comes the cleaning! As easy as it is to task another person to do this (I mean, you did prep the food), sometimes you’ve no choice but to get it done. To get this task out of the way ASAP, tidy up while you’re cooking. Wash the spoon as soon as you’re done pouring your ingredients, put away your colander as soon as your veggies are washed and into the pot, etc. This’ll prevent dishes from piling up and you won’t have to worry about the heavy cleaning after a delicious meal.
Trying to fix your posture might not be the first thing on most people’s lists. How often do we even think or give our attention to it? Amidst the busyness of our day-to-day activities, we forget to pay attention to how we sit or stand.
Here’s a reminder to start this habit of keeping your posture in check and straighten your backs! Whether this means getting a new chair that allows you to practise this or adding small pillows to aid, you’re one step closer to not having backaches and neck pain from glaring down at your computer screen.
To make this habit more effective, have someone accountable to slap your back every time they see you bending and becoming the ‘f’ of the Facebook logo. Your bones will thank you when you’re older!
Definitely something most of us tend to skip out on, especially with being at home for the most part of these two years — wear your sunscreen every day. Many dermatologists recommend using sunscreen. In fact, many have shared what type you should use! Remember to slap on that extra layer of protection to up your skin health and decrease chances of skin cancer. Bye-bye unhealthy skin!
Speaking of, starting a daily skin routine allows you to destress a lot more while keeping your skin clean and fresh. Plus, imagining yourself washing off the stresses of the day as you carry out your night (or morning) skin care regime would definitely leave you refreshed — both body, mind, and soul.
As we grow older, it’s common to lose ourselves in our daily tasks and, as a result, we start lacking communication with our constant supporters, our best friends. But at the root of it all, we’re people who need the support of others, whether you’re an introvert or not.
So, remember to take time off your busy schedule and set out a proper date with your besties. Treat yourselves to a reservation at a fancy hotel, or go to the nearest food truck, dress up, put makeup on, and indulge in each others’ lives. Catch up on everything you’ve missed and tell them your own adventures. Make some amazing new memories and make sure they’re doing okay too.
Whether it’s trying out new things or keeping the habits that you’ve started this year, don’t forget to remember your capabilities and keep your well-being in mind when building a habit that lasts. Setting a few habits that are easier and more accomplishable would be more beneficial for you than having many extravagant ones.
Remember, even if you falter, it’s completely fine! Be kind to yourself regardless.
Have a happy end of year and the coming new year!
Iffat Ara Islam is currently pursuing Bachelor of Business (Hons) in International Business & Marketing at Taylor's University. She is also a committee member in the Community Engagement department of Taylor’s International Student Society.
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