It's finally 2021! Congratulate yourself on making it through one of the strangest years in memory. 2020 was a long year, but it's over now, and I'm optimistic about the coming one. As with any new year, resolutions are made by many. After the last year, it wouldn't surprise me if the resolutions are a little simpler than in years past. Instead of crazy high physical fitness goals, maybe a resolution would be to practice gratitude every day. Or instead of going on a big trip, maybe that resolution to travel more means traveling locally or virtually. 

With so many changes to our world and ourselves, it makes sense that our resolutions would change, as well. This year, it seems like the focus of our goals has shifted internally. Emotional and mental growth and healing are highly important after such a rough time. Physical health is also important as movement can help tremendously with anxiety and depression. Our relationships with others are perhaps more vital than ever before, so learning how to bring your best to them is a significant responsibility. Of course, you don't have to make resolutions to have a good start to the year, but the practice is a good way to set an intention on where you want to go and how you would like to change. 

If you felt motivated by any of the goals listed above, check out the following resources to help you make some non-stressful and good-for-you New Year's Resolutions. Let's make this year healthier and happier. 

Mental Health:

The last year took a toll on many people's mental health for sure. It has always been important to take care of your mental health, but especially so going into this new year. The following resources give gentle help for common mental health issues. 

Julia Kristina Counselling: This YouTube channel gives you tools to help create a kinder headspace and deal with everything from small daily stressors to trauma-related issues. Julia is a licensed counselor who can shed some light on mental health issues. 

Psych2Go: Another YouTube channel that focuses on mental health. This channel teaches through educational type videos. Its animation is adorable while giving solid information on mental health and psychology. 

Psychology Today: This online and print journal has wonderful articles with a wide range of topics. All their content is written and edited by psychology professionals. You can find articles to suit your needs and then find additional materials from there. 

Relationship Health:

Friend, family, and romantic relationships all need to be fostered. To care for others seems easy, but communication and learning more about how to be there for others is well worth learning. Whether you are dealing with conflicts or just want to learn more about relationships, the following resources will help. 

The School of Life: Started by modern philosopher, Alain De Botton, this YouTube channel has profound insights into relationships, people, and how we think. It can help you understand situations from different perspectives and dives into the deeper reasoning behind behaviors. It offers relevant philosophy with a sense of humor!

10 Ways to be More Kind: This HuffPost article is simple, but if you apply the advice to your life, you'll be surprised at how it can make you feel. Practicing kindness to yourself and others the best resolution you can make.

Physical Health: 

Getting moving is so good for your body and your mind. There are endless ways to exercise, so find one that speaks to you! It's easier to make exercise a habit if you enjoy doing it.

Fitness Blender: If you're looking for beginner-friendly workouts with encouraging instructors, this is a good channel to start with. They have hundreds of full-length strength, HIIT, pilates, and cardio workout videos with beginner and advanced modifications. 

SarahBethYoga: This YouTube channel offers 10, 15, 20, and 30-minute yoga videos. There are a variety of yoga styles to choose from as well as intentions. The channel focuses on feeling good instead of straining for perfection. 

These are just some of the ways you can create a good start to 2021 and make some new healthy changes. Let us know what some of your New Year's Resolutions are!