General | February 7, 2021

2021: Prioritising YOU

Dr Jarryd Crisp- OSTEOPATH- Double Bachelor of Health Science/Applied Science (Osteopathy)

Let’s be honest, 2020 was a horrible year for everyone. COVID-19 affected all of us in one way or another, whether it be mentally, financially, socially etc. 2020, I say good riddance!, let’s start fresh in 2021.

This means prioritising you!. Looking after yourself, because who else is going to?. Ultimately, wanting to become the best possible version of yourself. This is something that has really resonated with me over the past couple of months. As a result, I am focussing on a few aspects of my general wellbeing.

  • Diet. Always making an effort to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner, regardless of how busy I am.
  • Sleep. This doesn’t mean going to bed at the same time every night, and let’s face it, I’m a night owl!. However, I will always aim to get 8 hours of rest/ sleep every night, regardless of when I have to wake up.
  • Physical Activity. Keep it simple. Finding my passion!, whether it be going to the gym, walking, running, or having a hit on the drum set!
  • Mindfulness/Emotional intelligence. Making more of an effort to listen to my body. Ask yourself, what am I feeling right now?, tired, stressed, fatigued, hunger etc. By listening to your body more, you will become more aware of what your body needs. For example: does it need rest/ sleep, do you need to just have a break, are you hungry/ thirsty etc. This is something that takes practice, but like anything, the more you practice, the better you will get.

By prioritising yourself, and your needs, this will gradually filter into other aspects of your life, including work, family/ social life, and lead to much more rich and fulfilling relationships at home, work and everywhere in between.

Like I mentioned previously, this will continue to be my main focus for 2021, especially considering the year we have just had.

Ultimately, if we cannot take care and look after ourselves, we will be unable to take care of others, or it will come at a physical/ mental cost down the track. Therefore, 2021 needs to be the year where we prioritise looking after ourself, and work towards becoming the best possible version of ourselves we can be.

Further Reading:

Mindfulness Works Australia