New year, new you? For many folks, the new year always calls for a list of resolutions. You know the drill: a long list of wishes and aspirations that reflects on the things we want to improve in life. Some may even call it a case of believing that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. So, at the start of a new year, we officially promise to ourselves that we’ll go and get that green grass we crave so much.
If you’ve been around here for long, though, you’ll know I gave up making resolutions more than fifteen years ago. That’s because most new year’s resolutions are an exercise in trying to fix what’s wrong. Or worse turning it into a comparison exercise where we compare our life with the highlight reels others post on social media.
Rather than set resolutions, I’m going to suggest you examine areas of your life. And then seek inspiration. This way, you approach the new year with the intention of making your daily life for livable and loveable.
Here’s three ways to channel the concept of “new year, new you” as an intention of self-love.
One – Fall in Love with Your Skin
Most of us have been relying on online platforms such as Zoom to reach out to friends and relatives during the pandemic. For all its tech advantages, Zoom has also made us more aware of our skin health. Ultimately, when you spend most of the day watching your webcam video, you can help but notice little things that make you uncomfortable.
The pandemic has been tough on our mental and physical health. The accumulation of stress, long working days in our new home office environment, and the lack of sunlight can exacerbate sagging or fine lines. Throw the winter season on top of that, and you will probably find yourself struggling with aggravated skin issues. However, before you complain about looking and feeling old, there are some things you need to know about how other people have kept their skin healthy.
First of all, you need to adjust your skincare routine to the new challenges. In winter, for instance, it’s a good idea to upgrade your skincare products to help your skin through the abrasive weather conditions. The home-office environment also needs a change of routine, as indoor air can affect your skin. Why not switch to healthcare routines that are designed to help combat air pollutants? The South Korean 10-step routine is famous for its cleansing and soothing abilities. Why not reach out to a specialist beauty brand that understands your issues? South Korean beauty products are renowned for visibly improving your complexion. If you’ve got a business mind, there’s a fantastic opportunity to send money to South Korea and secure regular shipping of some of their best products! Alternatively, you can find some of their brands at Sephora and on sokoglam.com.
Two – Commit to Not Saying “I have nothing to wear” in 2021
Has your wardrobe turned into a giant loungewear collection? Loungewear can be cozy and comforting. But in the long term, it also affects your self-esteem. It’s hard to feel confident about yourself when you spend days in shapeless joggers and oversize co-ords. Your clothes reflect who you are, so it’s time to remember who you wanted to be before the pandemic started.
Don’t be afraid to dig deep inside your wardrobe to find forgotten pieces. Create new memories with the clothes you love or find ways of repurposing the ones you can’t bear to throw away. It’s a fun fashion exercise that helps you remove the layers of unconscious constraints that build up in your life. The more you play with your clothes, the more you discover who you are, and the more you can make the girl in the mirror feel fabulous! It’s got nothing to do with size or shape, and everything with your identity.
Three – Discover the Artist Inside Yourself
You frown. An artist? I can barely draw stickmen, you say. But, creativity is not about the final result. It is the process that empowers people. The creative process is about redefining the boxes and actively thinking outside of them. Whether you do it with oil paint or in your day-to-day problem-solving job, creativity is a tool that enables self-expression and self-endorsement. I am valuable because I am creative. Embracing your creative self helps you not only tackle problems but also get rid of grudges and negativity. And when there’s less negativity, there’s more room to connect with your true, loveable self.
Remember that it’s never too late to begin fresh. You can set intentions for 2021anytime.
Choose to focus 2021 on empowering inspirations that bring you closer to the most important person in your life: yourself. When you commit to loving yourself, you learn to feel more confident. So whether you decide to become devoted to your skincare, shoring up your wardrobe as a self-exploratory project, or creatively building valuable thought processes, you are sure to love your life even more.
New year, more self-love all around because you’re worth it.