Some great resolutions to make 2021 a blessed year

Health Contributor
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It’s a great way to propel yourself forward by directing your intentions into solid resolutions. We are often earnestly intent on improving ourselves at the end of Ramadan. And then again at the end of every year, we pick up on the vibes to make new year’s resolutions.

That means at least twice a year we have strong intentions towards refocusing our aim for greatness. This past year (2020) gave us plenty of opportunities to rethink our norms.

After reviewing all the areas of our lives we have chosen 6 areas that to focus on.

Here are 6 resolutions that should be great to work on in 2021:

1) Remove toxicity from life

Dr. Daniel T. Drubin starts his book with an odd story about capturing monkeys. He said, “If you put banana in a jar, obviously the monkey will try to reach for it, going deeper and deeper. They get their arm stuck in the process, trapped with a banana rotting in their hand.” He uses this example as a metaphor to let go of things in life that hold us back.

It may be hard for Muslims for letting go of certain people. Many Muslims are concerned about not giving fellow Muslims their rights, and staying angry with our brothers in Islam. But would Allah want us to be misbehaved? Your resolutions should include dumping toxic and rotten people, trading them for healthy ones. Create firm boundaries with toxic people as well as family and don’t allow them to bring you down.

2) Doing less achieving more

Finally, we are beginning to recognize the health troubles of multitasking. We are stressed out by doing too much.

If your focus is crumbled, you will find yourself getting anxious as new items come up when old ones are still incomplete.

So, it is better for us to use a timer to be sure that we remain focused on one task at a time. Always set a timer whether it a work project, time with the kids or cleaning. By setting a timer, you mindfully focus on the one important thing at

hand. In the end you will find that similarly to dumping toxic people, you can dump things in life that are draining you.

3) Secured budget

2020 was a financial nightmare for most of us. While stuck at home there was a boom in online sales where people find comfort in shopping and remove their frustration away.

Now is time to rethink how you will spend your money. Maybe you want to do some investing. Even this might be the first time you make a budget. Having a realistic understanding of your income and spend, you can make plans to better manage them. It will surely reduce your stress in 2021.

4) Take care of mind and body

2020 pushed our mind, body, and soul to the limits. In recent years, studies show that the mental health of people has declined in all age groups. This might one of the most stressful years for all of us. And also by the lockdowns, many of our existing healthy habits were disrupted.

Let 2020 to be the last of your worst years. Make resolutions to improve your physical and mental health. Our mind, soul, and body may be overwhelming to tackle these all at once. Prioritize and make incremental improvements to your overall health.

5) Use nature

Did you miss the nature of the outdoors this year? Stuck at home, we were whelmed with the fact that nature is good for us! It’s really beautiful, being in it soothes our emotions, it’s one of the best place to exercise and its ‘natural’ products are almost always better for us than processed ones.

In 2021, choose various ways to connect with nature. Enjoy it and see the improvements in your health. If you then give it up for a while, you will surely see how beneficial spending time in nature is.

6) Be thankful

A whole culture of cultivating an attitude of gratefulness has grown in the last decade or so. Over a thousand years ago Prophet Muhammed (peace and blessings be upon him) taught us the prayer for thankfulness. So why is it so hard to be grateful?

It is proven that negative events are easier to remember as they have a more profound effect on the brain than neutral or positive ones. It’s easy to simply forget those negative events by being thankful for all the good constantly around us.

For all the good things in your life, you should thank Allah. Because all good is due to Him. Regularly thanking Him and being grateful to Him will strengthen your connection while building your healthy attitude of gratefulness.

Being Realistic

Continually revisit your intention behind your goals. And use all the tools you can to reach those goals. Such as tracking, timing, planners, vision board, accountability buddies, and so on.

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