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A New Year, A New You!

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Published: 01-12-2021

As 2021 comes to a close, and the second year of the global pandemic finally looks to be getting itself in order so that our lives—including travel—can return to normal, there is much to look forward to over the Christmas and New Year break. Christmas (even if you don’t celebrate it) is a good time of year to reflect on the things you are grateful for: family, friends, work, hobbies…all things that any one of us could easily have taken for granted before the pandemic began. Now, however, the world is realising how important these things are to our happiness, our mental wellbeing, and our physical selves.

With 2022 coming into scope, now is the time to plan ahead with respect to what we want to achieve, how we would like to improve ourselves, and set goals so that we can get there! So what does this all mean, exactly, when it comes to making New Year’s resolutions? Well, friends, it’s all about the importance of “Me Time”.

The world somehow appeared to move fast and slow in 2021, whether you were living in Peru, Australia, or the USA, and not so great thoughts pervaded many of our days, thanks to various lockdowns and travel restrictions (even within our own countries). Mental health is an issue that has bubbled beneath the surface of the mainstream conscious for a long time now, and if there is any silver lining to the pandemic, it’s that the world has stepped up and really taken notice of just how serious this topic is. In 2022, with the learnings many of us were forced to undertake, it’s going to be important to put ourselves first for a change and take care of our mental health through a variety of means, such as:

  • Undertaking meditation to help quieten our mind and reduce stress
  • Get more active in order to release endorphins and increase our happiness
  • Reconsider our relationships with everything from people (who may be a negative influence) to the foods we eat, how much we drink, and other activities that may be bad for us in the long run (such as smoking)
  • Spending time alone: being alone doesn’t mean you’re lonely; on the contrary, being comfortable with your own company allows you to develop a healthy appreciation of the most precious commodity of all, which is your time, and how you plan to use it in the future will be a lot more satisfying once you firstly master spending it on yourself
  • Exploring more: whether this is travel, studying, learning to play an instrument, or taking up a new hobby, we can explore both the physical world and our own interests which will help give us goals to strive for in 2022 and beyond

For most of us, 2022 will be a second chance to get our mental, physical, and spiritual selves prepared for a new world—the world like we knew it before the pandemic, when we could catch flights overseas, explore new worlds, cultures and cuisines, and make new friends along the way. Having a New Year’s resolution that will allow you to make the most of these opportunities is a positive way to plan for a better future. For many of us, that will mean hitting the gym, going for jogs, saving more money for the things we like doing (like travel!), and continuing to tick-off bucket list items by making time for doing the things we always said we would.

On a personal note, that means going back to Peru to hike Machu Picchu once again, but also taking the time to visit more of Latin America across the board. For me to do that, I’ll have to shed those “Covid Kilos” which will make me feel better mentally and physically, so that when the time is right and I have the money to fly, I’ll be more ready than ever to re-enter the world the way that I remember it before the pandemic.