• Laura Vial

New Year, Fresh Start

Written by Laura Vial

I hope everyone is having a happy holiday and enjoying their time off this winter break! As 2020 is finally coming to an end, it is that time of the year again to look back and reflect on everything that has happened and prepare for a fresh new start heading into a new year. As 2020 has been a year of constantly adjusting to this new way of life, we can walk into 2021 with a better understanding of what life will look like and how we can make the best of it.

Putting this year behind us, we can look onto 2021 with a new outlook and prepare to tackle any challenge that is thrown at us. While New Years is an exciting time to celebrate another year gone by, it is also a time to challenge ourselves to accomplish personal goals set out for the new year. I have created a list of some common New Year resolutions you might be interested in trying out for yourself.

New Year Resolutions:

Get Active

Whether this means starting to workout, going on more walks, or trying yoga, many people take the new year as the perfect time to start being more active. While the province will be in lockdown for the majority of January, some might be unmotivated to start working out as gyms are not open. Although many places will remain closed for January, you can still be active in many other ways. To start off your workout journey, there are plenty of apps and YouTube videos you can follow along with to get in even a 10 min workout daily. There are also many online fitness classes you can sign up for to try out at home. As is it starting to snow, biking and running may be harder to do but walking will always be an easy activity to do. Since it is also starting to get colder, skating rinks will start to open, making for a fun activity while being active. There are many ways you can stay active even in a time like this, challenge yourself to get more active and try something new.

· Indulge in Self-Care

Self-care is very important, especially in a time like now with COVID making it hard to socialize and spend time doing what you enjoy. As many people might have found it hard to cope with the changes caused by COVID, many people were stressed out, isolated, and burning out by the end of 2020. In 2021, make sure that you are taking time to care for yourself. Make sure to have a self-care night, a paint night, read a new book, Facetime some friends, etc. Ensure that you can take time out of your busy schedule to improve your health and wellness, as that should be a priority to you.

Other Goals to Set:

- Try one new meal once a week

- Join a club

- Try a new hobby

- Discover new music

- Start a journal

- Try a social media free day

- Learn something new everyday

The Effects of COVID in 2021

With the province of Ontario declaring a province wide lockdown starting on December 26, this winter break and the start of the new year will look a little different. Information regarding the lockdown and what is affected can be found here. It is important that everyone follows these guidelines to ensure that cases can be controlled, and everyone is safe this holiday season.

With the year coming to an end, I would like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday and a Happy New Year! Be safe and enjoy this winter break, see you in 2021!