A 2022 bucket list to make sure this year is different (for all the right reasons)
Whether it’s quitting your job or running a marathon, this is the year to do everything you’ve always wanted and everything you’ve never thought of doing.
Despite the past two years of apocalyptic fires, floods and a global pandemic, life has been a bit monotonous.
Through a revolving door of lockdowns, quarantines and restrictions, it hasn’t been easy to shake things up, which is why in 2022 it’s time to try your hand at something new.
“Research shows that trying new or unexpected things comes with many wellness benefits,” Nancy Sokarno, a psychologist at Lysn, told Body+Soul. “And people who seek new experiences live healthier, happier lives.”
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Whether it’s jumping out of a plane or changing careers, being open to change can help you build the life you’ve always dreamed of.
“Exposing yourself to new situations gives you the opportunity to have joy,” adds Tammi Kirkness, life coach and author of The Panic Button Book. “It allows you to grow as a person, build a better relationship with yourself, and meet new people.”
Ready to take the plunge? Here are 10 life-changing activities to add to your to-do list this year.
1. Visit a health retreat
Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or a wellness newbie, it’s worth making 2022 the year you finally book that stay at a health retreat. Not only is it the ultimate way to recharge, but it’s also an opportunity to create positive habits.
“Leaving time to focus on your health and wellness journey is the best gift you can give yourself, no matter what time of year,” says Chris van Hoof, Managing Director of Eden Health Retreat. in Queensland.
“We find that by taking time out of everyday life, our customers are able to take a step back from what fills their cup. They are then able to set new goals, create new habits and form new new rituals.
2. Back to school
It’s never too late to learn something new and according to Kirkness, it can also help you achieve your career goals.
“Learning a new skill helps you stay connected and engaged with the world around you, and it also means you can open up career opportunities and start new businesses.”
The key to going to the end of your journey? Kirkness says to hone yourself in something you’re passionate about instead of trying to please a potential employer. This way, programming it won’t feel like a chore. “Choose developmental or cross-skills activities that naturally appeal to you,” she adds.
3. Go vegan
Thanks to the growing popularity of meatless meals, it’s easier than ever to opt for plant-based dishes. Supermarkets are full of vegan alternatives (think truffle “cheese” and I-can’t-believe-it’s-not-meat-patties), which means you can now reap the rewards (reduced risk of heart disease, weight loss and an increase in healthy gut microbes) without sacrificing taste.
Before you ditch animal products for good, talk to a dietitian about what supplements you might need, then head to Instagram accounts like @panaceas_pantry and @bestofvegan for recipe inspiration.
4. Book a vacation
Australians no longer need to apply for an exemption to travel abroad, and interstate border closures have (for the most part) eased, so if you’ve been dreaming of a getaway, now is the time to lock it down .
Protect yourself from the unexpected by researching travel insurers who offer Covid cover and opt for flexible flights and hotel bookings.
5. Go out to dinner
If you haven’t embraced solo dining yet, now is the time to start. In addition to giving you time to enjoy your own company, having dinner with yourself can also result in a heightened sensory experience, Sokarno says.
“There’s the chance to meet new people and share experiences that you wouldn’t normally have if you were with a company,” she adds. “It also allows you to practice being alone in public and feeling good about yourself.”
6. Jump out of a plane
There’s a reason adrenaline junkies put skydiving on their annual bucket list. Not only is it a great upper body workout, but it’s also a great way to regain mental clarity.
As John O’Sullivan, CEO of Experience Co, told Body+Soul: “When you’re hanging off the edge of an airplane with nothing but the sky between you and the ground, your problems seem to evaporate. and it becomes easier to focus on the important things in life. »
It is also an effective confidence booster. “If you can muster the courage to jump out of a perfectly good plane, you can handle whatever life throws at you,” O’Sullivan adds.
7. Consult a therapist
Whether you’ve come through lockdown with your sanity intact or you’re one of the many Australians who have experienced psychological distress, it’s worth seeing a therapist.
“A professional can arm you with coping mechanisms that will keep you going,” says Sokarno.
“Lifeline and Beyond Blue provide free telephone counseling with trained experts, and services like Lysn provide access to psychologists via video chat.”
8. Run a marathon
Ready to kickstart your fitness goals? Do not hesitate to aim high this year. “The beauty of setting a fitness goal like running a marathon is that it’s performance-based,” says Ben Lucas, gym manager at Sydney Flow Athletic.
“It takes about three weeks to form a habit, so having a fitness goal that requires a plan to achieve it is a good way to get back on track.”
9. Quit your job
Resignation letters have never been so popular, but before you break up with your employer, ask yourself if there is anything they can do to help you stay.
“Set up a meeting with your boss and be prepared to discuss whatever you want,” advises Kirkness. “If you want to work from home three days a week or take on a specific responsibility, ask for it.”
If your conversations aren’t working out and you’ve considered the financial impact, Kirkness advises you to research any disparities between your current job and your ideal life to help you decide what to do next. Once you’ve thought about these gaps, it’s time to check out job postings, start networking, or come up with a business plan.
10. Break up with your social networks
TikTok and Instagram may have gotten you through lockdown, but as the world opens up, it’s time to turn off apps.
“Too much screen time is detrimental to both your mental and physical health,” says Luke McLeod, meditation and mindfulness teacher, at Body+Soul. “Go for a walk or find a friend instead. These little moments of connection are nurturing for your mind and your overall health.
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