3 top tips for New Year’s resolutions ideas during the COVID-19 pandemic
Welcoming the new year as an expat may feel very different this time around, given the torrid challenges of 2020 and the fact that we can’t get together to celebrate like we normally do. But like every year, we all need to spend essential time thinking of a few ‘achievable’ New Year’s resolutions.
While it may be more difficult to do so for 2021, at Pacific Prime Singapore, we certainly believe in writing out one or two specific, small, and attainable goals to establish focus and develop confidence for moving ahead, as well as improve health and wellness.
And for sure, we can all use a bit more positivity to get us on our way. So in this article, we’ll give you 3 top tips to get you started for the coming year.
1. Find your motivation
2020 has been an exhausting year, and we need all the motivation we can get to keep us on our feet and focused on our task at hand. However, motivation doesn’t appear spontaneously like leaves on a tree. We have to somehow dig deep within ourselves to find the motivation.
So as a tip, when making your New Year’s resolutions, consider what changes you would like to make to your life, but also have a reason as to why you want to make them. In other words, what makes you feel committed to reaching your goal? Once you have thought carefully and realistically, you will know what can motivate you in achieving your goals.
For instance, if you would like to lose weight, is it because you are trying to align with the current trends in fashion or society’s standards? If so, these are regarded as external motivators, which realistically are less likely to help you reach your goal. But on the contrary, if losing weight appeals to you because eating healthy food and keeping to a disciplined exercise regime makes you mentally and physically happy, then these are considered internal motivators that will propel you forward.
Find the spark to your actions and if it results in better physical and mental health, then go for it. That’s your motivation!
2. Make small steps to achieve big goals
If you are lost for ideas, here’s a tip – start small. In life, everything starts from a single unit, for instance, the brick of a house, the first Singapore Dollar in your account, the first word of any great article, and so on. This understanding also applies to the way we have to think in order to achieve great things.
Thus, for your New Year’s resolutions to transpire, it is best to avoid pie-in-the-sky thoughts or wishes. Instead, you’ll want to focus on achievable goals. Think specifically about what you need to do. For instance, if are planning on joining a gym and live near Orchard Road, why not sign up at F45 Training? First thing is to enquire and find out more details by giving them a call or making a visit to the branch in person. From there you can establish what the training offers and how it will benefit you. Then it will be the classes and finally the cost of membership. Already with each simple (small) step of making arrangements, you are on your way to a happier self!
Another way to achieve your goals is to picture yourself as running a marathon. It’s the journey and experience that counts. With every step you take, you are building up your achievement and stepping closer to your goal. Unless, of course, you have a deadline or limited time. But that’s not to say you can’t appreciate each moment of the experience.
All in all, no matter the chosen New Year’s resolution, just remember to make every step count and build your way up. With every goal achieved, you will feel the sensation of wanting to do it again…and again.
3. Slow down and shorten your list
It is perfectly normal to list down all your thoughts and ideas to achieve your New Year’s resolution. But instead of helping you to achieve your goals, it could give you false hopes. Some of which may not benefit you and improve you. Instead, a tip is to choose only one that resonates with you the most.
Remember one thing, having a single goal that you can focus on and plan for achieving is definitely more important than having many vague goals. Additionally, it’s wise not to rush in achieving your goals. Take as much time as you need to achieve your goals. We are all different and people with similar or the same goals may do it better or quicker. Try not to compare with others. It’s the experience that makes achieving a goal memorable and special.
Wishing our readers a Happy New Year 2021!
Reflecting upon 2020, Pacific Prime Singapore has kept on doing what it does best, which is to simplify insurance and assist clients from all walks of life including expatriates, families, organizations, HR and business leaders, and the list goes on.
It has been a rough year for us all, but together we believe in a brighter future. Better days are yet to come and we look forward to supporting all your medical insurance needs for expats in Singapore, going into 2021 and beyond.
For assistance on renewing or buying a health insurance policy in 2021, you can contact us or learn more from our insurance plan page to compare health plans from several vetted local and global insurance partners including AXA Singapore and Cigna Singapore.
Thank you, and on behalf of the Pacific Prime Singapore team, Happy New Year 2021!
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