Welcome to 2021!
I’m sure we’re all relieved that 2020 is past and gone, but of course this year also brings its challenges, with COVID, vaccinations, Brexit, and the change of presidency in the United States, to name but a few of the topics that have come up in the first week of the New Year.
We started this year with the imposition of a new National Lockdown. Once again, we are “confined to barracks”, only allowed out for exercise, shopping, medical appointments and a few other reasons. Once again, we must restrict our access to friends and family, returning to Zoom meetings, phone calls and Skype for our social interaction.
It can be very easy to feel despondent, and so it’s important to try and stay optimistic and motivated. To keep on top of our mental and physical health, we should look at exercise, nutrition, social interaction and mental stimulus. To that end:
- Get outdoors for an hour or so every day, and get some fresh air and exercise. You don’t have to do it all at once: split it into two or three shorter chunks if that works better for you. Try and get out of breath.
- Eat sensibly. Prepare food from ingredients where possible, rather than heating up ready meals. If you’re short on time, how about a cheese omelette, maybe with a quick salad. Toss some vegetables in a frying pan for a quick stir-fry: add some protein – meat, chicken, fish, tofu or nuts. Make sure you’re getting in your 5-a-day – or more!
- Keep in touch with friends and family. Skype or Zoom by all means – but don’t forget that a letter or card can also bring you together, and is a thing to treasure when you are not present.
- Maintain your brain. Try something new: do a crossword or puzzle, take up a language, learn to crochet, expand your vocabulary, or learn a new Excel function!
I wish all my customers – past, present and future – a very happy and safe year ahead in 2021.