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How to handle 2020 like a boss

As it is a new year, I thought it would be a good idea to look at ways in which we can keep our minds and bodies happy this year!

As someone who suffers from anxiety, here are a few tips that have helped me over the last few months.

1. Swap the coffee for herbal tea.

So anyone that knows me, will know that I love a good cup of coffee, or four. However, over the last few weeks, I have really tried to cut down my consumption of coffee. Why? Because I have noticed that my skin has been looking so dull and I have felt more fatigued. Drinking coffee over a period of time can do this. As well as increase levels of anxiety. Since I have started swapping coffee for peppermint tea, I have noticed that my skin is a lot clearer, plus I sleep a lot better at night too.

2. Swimming helps you to relax.

I personally love swimming. I find it so relaxing. Anytime now that I have something important that makes me worried or anxious, I will always try and go for a swim. It makes me feel so much calmer and helps me to sleep well too. Plus it is a really good exercise for your body.

3. Write out your S.M.A.R.T Targets for 2020.

I am a firm believer in making plans for where you want to be in life. Personally, It helps to give me a sense of direction and a goal to work towards. I like to use the acronym of S.M.A.R.T targets. Some of you may have learned about these in your business studies lessons like I did, or you have no clue what I am going on about.

S.M.A.R.T stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-based. If I was to say I want to grow my Instagram following. It's probably not going to happen. Why? Because it's not specific enough.

However, if I say... I want to reach 20,000 followers by August 2020. It is a lot more specific. You can then break these down with objectives describing how you are going to get there. So, following the same example. I could say that I will do this by posting at least once every other day.

4. Get yourself a diary.

Whether it is a digital diary or a classic pen to paper one. This really helps me to keep track of different things I need to do and their deadlines. It can also be a good way to reflect on how your week has been and trying to fit in some self-care time. My personal favorite diaries are from Typo.

5. Find a hobby!

Following from number 4, finding yourself a hobby is so important for your wellbeing. And it could be anything from writing to art. As long as you have something that you enjoy doing and you do it regularly.

Have a great new year!

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