JANUARY 3 2021
NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS
There’s a reason we celebrate New Year’s Eve rather than New Year’s Day. While NYE is a night to indulge and celebrate your last hurrah, many people wake up on January 1st with a set of overly-restrictive goals they resent will probably be broken faster than they can say “resolution.” Instead of focusing on the things you can’t do in the New Year, Project Retail has some ideas of ways you can continue to celebrate yourself and all you have to gain come 2021.
1. Prioritize the Accessorize
Step up your outfit game in a major way, without having to replace what’s already in your closet.
Add a bag, jacket, or shoes in a standout print to add a touch of fun and sophistication to your ensemble.
Consider creating a monochromatic outfit as your base-- all-black for a classic look, or consider head-to-toe pink for a feminine way to stand out-- before topping things off with chunky jewelry.
Statement earrings are a great way to dress up comfy WFH outfits, while a printed jacket makes every grocery trip an excuse to turn heads.
2. Make Room for Mindfulness
Coming home from work, away from the stressors of the office, is no longer an option. It can be hard to validate time for yourself when you no longer need to leave home to enter your workspace. This is why it is more important than ever to dedicate time when you can decompress and clear your mind.
Instead of mindlessly scrolling through Netflix shows, consider cutting out a solid fifteen minutes of your day to check in with yourself. This can mean meditating, writing in a journal, taking the luxury of putting on a comfy pair of sweatpants, or tidying up your living room with careful thought and intention.
Small steps to check in with yourself and find peace amidst the chaos of the outside world can have tremendous beneficial effects on mental health and wellbeing.
3. Score an “A” on Vitamin D
With winter weather at full force, staying parked on the couch is particularly tempting.
While staying inside to limit exposure to COVID is important right now, excessively staying indoors can be detrimental to your physical and health.
Try to (safely!) get a few rays of sunshine and fresh air every day, even if that means escaping outside for a few refreshing deep breaths.
More ideally, take a long walk or run around a nearby park and take advantage of the outdoors.
Don’t forget to layer-up to protect yourself against the cold!
4. Celebrate Your Body
We all know the most popular New Year’s resolution results in overpacked gyms, overabundant “cheat days”, and an overwhelming urge to abandon it all when February 1st rolls around and the scale hasn’t budged. This year, rather than making weight a primary goal, center your focus around the mental and physical rewards exercise has to offer.
Crowded gyms are definitely not the solution this year. Instead, think of exercise as a way to add structure to the day and reward yourself for completing your work.
For example, try to stretch between each task. This will relieve your back and joints from the pressures of a more sedentary lifestyle.
If you find yourself watching more TV than usual, try doing jumping-jacks during the commercial breaks. It’s a win-win situation: you get to see the newest episode of your favorite show, and get your heart rate up!
Take advantage of free virtual workout classes, which can be found on Youtube or Instagram. Throw on your cutest workout set, roll out your yoga mat, and you’ll find that the living room can be more fun (and loads cheaper) than your local boutique fitness class.
5. You've Got Mail
Managing several large tasks at once can feel daunting. Consider setting one small goal you can accomplish to start every day with an accomplishment, like committing to tackling all of your emails first thing in the morning.
While responding to emails isn’t the toughest thing in the world, it certainly isn’t the most fun. Make it more fun by giving yourself a fancy manicure, or glittering up your hands with stacked rings. Just like dressing for success, pretty hands are much more fun to type with!
6. Support Small Businesses
Now more than ever, it is crucial to support your small local businesses. Whether that means shopping from your local grocer or small boutique, Project Retail urges you to make an effort.
Shopping small stimulates your local economy, and helps support the dreams of people in your neighborhood who have started their own business.
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