The past two years have not been easy. Through the Covid-19 pandemic, many workplaces have been reshuffled and serious changes have been made. Most of these changes have been good – just look at remote working and flexible working hours! But – with the office moving into your home, it has become nearly impossible to step away from your work duties and take proper time off at the end of the day. Combat this by setting firm boundaries about work hours and stick to them!
Do not answer work emails or texts after hours and keep your weekends (or day off) sacred! Don’t fall into the trap of blending work into ALL aspects of your home life. Step away, sign out, switch off.
For many of us, the festive season can be one of the most stressful times of the year.
If you’re spending it with friends and families, you can expect your fair share of “normal” disagreements and some clashing personalities. However – take a moment to think about your interactions in the last month and look closely at the ones that made you feel devalued, overlooked or victimised. That one cousin that keeps on body shaming you…the friend who’s a world class taker but never there for you when you need them.
The person who refuses to respect your life choices (even when these choices aren’t harming anyone). Look at these relationships. Think back about their origin, and the way they have developed over time. Take stock of how often they leave you feeling worse than before and decide: Is this a toxic relationship? If so: Get out!
“Comparison is the thief of joy.”
You know the feeling – the day was going well, and then you spend 5 minutes on social media. Suddenly you are depressed and unhappy about your life choices.
Spoiler alert! This has very little to do with your actual life and much more to do with the mental comparisons you draw between your real lived experience, and the fleeting glimpses of someone else’s curated online presence. This year – stop this raging bull of jealousy in its tracks by choosing not to participate. Be cautious about when you go on social media and make a conscious decision not to compare your life with others.
Gratitude is the exact opposite of comparison. Where comparison focuses on what others have, gratitude focusses internally. By practicing gratitude daily you’ll be able to focus on the positive parts of your life. Gratitude is not just about thanking others, but rather being thankful for what you have, who and where you are, and what lies ahead for you. Keeping a gratitude journal is an easy way to refocus your thoughts and become aware of the positive things in your life.
Gratitude is easy – start with simply naming one good thing a day (it can even be the same thing over and over for a while) and writing it down. Focus on this one positive point throughout your day, and before long, gratitude will become part of your daily routine.
This is a difficult one. But this year, instead of just speaking about it – Do it!
Before you dive back into the hustle, sit down with a cup of something hot and go through your email inbox. Unsubscribe from all those absurd newsletters you’ve never read and all the promotional mails that simply clutter up your inbox without adding any joy. You’ll be amazed at the amount of digital baggage you can accumulate over a year and delighted by the magic of opening your email account without having to scroll through a dozen mails you haven’t even opened yet to get to the relevant one.
The unplug part is just as important. Set boundaries for yourself and your loved ones and have dedicated screen-free times and zones in your house. No phones at the table, no TV as long as the sun is shining…No eating and scrolling – whatever works for you. Just pick something and stick to it.
Basically, just promise yourself that 2022 will be the year when you start taking better care of your health. If you already wear sunscreen, focus on getting the right amount of sleep. Already a water drinker? Why not cut the sodium or sugar this year? The list goes on – Visit a dentist (you know you have to), work towards a more active lifestyle, eat more plants, cut the booze and cigarettes…you don’t have to do everything, but you have to do something
Along with all the above, (and particularly to help you with number 7), invest in your health by signing up for one of our comprehensive and affordable medical aid benefit options.
There is no better way to ensure peace of mind for you and your loved ones when it comes to healthcare. We are here for you and can’t wait to start the journey towards a happier healthier you this year!
“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.”