10 Simple Habits To Practice For A More Positive, Healthier 2021
Start writing a post

Welcome to 2021! We're never sure how good a year will be until we experience it, but we're off to a great start!

I didn't make a resolution this year, but I did decide to do a few unofficial things that I should probably write down.

Every year, we make resolutions and oftentimes don't go through with them.

Rather than doing that, I'm just setting goals. Here are ten things that will help my mental health, and hopefully yours too.

1. Call someone.

Technology is the beauty of the 21st century. While we're in 2021 now, there may be a bit more quarantine to experience. Phone a friend!

While it may be uncomfortable, try face to face. Facetime, Discord video call, or Zoom. It's better than being by yourself. If you're alone, and you feel like everyone is busy, try Omegle! It's an app where you can meet and talk to random people all around the world. There may be a few bumps, because while the internet it lovely, it can also suck. Move past that, and you can have some proper human interaction. A few people I know were as lonely as I was during the summer, and we spent nine hours on a call. We would get up, eat, or stream a movie. At the end of the day, it was enough to remind me that I'm not alone.

2. Sing and dance.

For others? Nope! For yourself. I did this yesterday, and it works wonders for your mental health. My entire family went out, and I had stuff to do so I stayed home by myself. I put the music all the way up and played whatever music I liked because there wasn't anyone to judge me. I cleaned my fish tank, washed the dishes, and danced around the kitchen while singing off-key. The trick is to find the right song, but one I love to listen to is "All The Right Moves" by OneRepublic. Goof off a bit. You're amazing, and you should have fun when you do this.

3. Chase sunlight.

Something I noticed was that sunlight helps my mood. A little while ago, I realized that whenever I don't get any natural light, I get depressed!

My dorm room has no sunlight, so I tricked my brain by getting sunflower bedsheets. The bright colors help on days where I don't go outside. That being said, go outside whether it be in the garden or down the street. I prefer places with less people, but I take walks periodically and work them into my schedule so that I make sure to get my brain on reset. My window doesn't open, but I recommend opening your window and getting some fresh air if you can't go out.

Trust me. It helps more than you know.

4. Watch a show.

Watch one or two episodes of your favorite show or favorite childhood show to take a break. I don't recommend binging unless you're done for the day. I usually watch an episode of "Friends" or "Blue's Clues" to just let my mind take me back to the good times. It motivates me to keep going for younger me who had big hopes and dreams.

5. Meditate.

You probably hear this a lot, but it's definitely something to try. It forces you to stop moving and to just breathe for a moment. There are videos online, and you can ask people for recommendations. Sometimes, all it takes is sitting in a chair, putting your feet on the ground, and breathing while you think about puppies. It's pure happiness.

6. Try working out.

You probably hate this. Living in Florida means I hate to workout because it's way too hot. Once I realized that was something that stopped me, I tried working out in the morning or evening, rather than just in winter time.

Now, I've learned to get up at 5:30am to go running with anyone who wants to join me. I prefer to get up early and run, come back and shower, and then go get breakfast on campus.

If that's not for you, yoga is a great alternative. Try working out from home. Experiment with ballet or gymnastics. Working out doesn't mean that you have to do something you hate. Find something that moviates you. Have some friends yell at you to keep going.

7. Eat healthy.

I don't eat healthy. That's on me. There are fruits that I eat a lot, and they make me feel better. Pomegranates are probably my favorite fruit because I have to peel it and do the water test to see which seeds are good and which aren't. Find something healthy that you love, and make it! Drinking water always helps.

8. Dress up, even if it is for yourself!

I had a bad night and called my friend. She didn't know how to help because she hadn't been in that situation before, but she told me to do something that helps her when she's down: dressing up. She stayed on the phone while I put on a dress and makeup and everything else, then demanded pictures. It helped me concentrate on something other than the current situation, and pretty soon, I was smiling. You'll look nice even though no one can see it, and your brain can concentrate on something different.

9. Make popsicles.

One of these is not like the others. It seems random, but popsicles are amazing and you can use anything to make them. Anything goes, and then you have a snack. They don't take a lot of effort, and if you have a freezer, you can make one! It's a lifesaver, honestly.

10. Make the best of it, and have some hope.

The best thing we can do is hope. In the darkest of times, hope is our greatest asset. Anytime you think you can't do it, hope. The thing that will make you happiest is yourself. Treat yourself kindly, and do those thing that make you happy. Know that everything will be okay.

Happy 2021, everyone!

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

TikTok Made Me Buy It: Flawless's Skincare Fridge

I bought and tested one of TikTok's popular products so you don't have to.


I spend a lot of time on TikTok and I never know whether the products I see are worth it or not, especially when I'm looking at the price. For Christmas, my aunt got me a gift card to Ulta. I didn't know what to buy. I have way too many palettes and lipsticks. I have my essentials. What else could I need? Then it hit me that I saw a lot of people these past few months showing off their skincare fridges. So, the second I thought of it I went on the Ulta app and bought it. So, here are my thoughts.

Keep Reading... Show less

37 Cute And Unique Pinterest Board Titles

Let's be real, the hardest part about Pinterest is thinking of a cute title for your board.


I don't know about anyone else but I have recently become re-obsessed with Pinterest. Like, I am spending a stupid amount of time on Pinterest daily now. While I have been binging Pinterest I have found that I love making cute and aesthetic boards but it is SO hard to come up with a name to match it. So, I scoured the internet and my brain for you. Happy pinning!

Keep Reading... Show less

This Is What Type Of Person You Are Based On Your Favorite Cereal

Your cereal preference reveals more than you think.

Photo by Nyana Stoica on Unsplash

Whether you eat cereal for breakfast or a late-night snack, you probably have a favorite. Little did you know that what you prefer says a lot about your personality.

Keep Reading... Show less
Alexis Hoffman

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we all know that cutting out social interaction has taken its toll.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

I Asked Instagram How 2020 Was, And Maybe It Wasn't The Worst Year Ever

2020 is a year to remember but it's not as bad as we made it out to be.


It's finally 2021 and we're honestly all just happy that 2020 is over. I decided to ask my Instagram followers how they felt about 2020 and the results were a little more mixed up than expected.

Keep Reading... Show less

Ever since I watched "How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days," I've been a major Matthew McConaughey fan. I've seen most of his movies, and I definitely got way too excited when he finally made an Instagram! So when he announced he would be releasing a memoir titled "Greenlights," I knew I absolutely had to get my hands on this book. And so did the rest of the world, as the book began to flood social media.

Truthfully, I would much rather read a fiction book and dive into another world than read a nonfiction book - even if it is one of my favorite celebrities. But I had a feeling this book wouldn't disappoint or bore.

Keep Reading... Show less

The Armie Hammer Scandal Discourse Is Kink Shaming And Harming Actual Victims

The rumors surrounding Armie Hammer has resulted in some very toxic and harmful discourse.


Sex is something that occupies a very significant place in our lives. Even asexual people can have an active sex life. With the various types of people that comprise this world, it obviously results in various sexual interests. And unconventional people can engage in some pretty unconventional sex practices. Even the most conventional people on the surface might surprise us with their sexual fantasies.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments