With a new national lockdown, New Year resolutions may be the last thing on your mind right now.
This year with the COVID restrictions the usual join a ‘gym’ or a ‘night class’ resolutions may be more difficult, but there are still things you can do if you are looking for a new challenge.
Get fit in 2021
While you may not be able to join a gym there are lots of classes online to help you improve your fitness in your own home. Joe Wicks’ YouTube workouts were really popular with adults and children in the first lockdown and he’s back again with more for this time. There are also lots of other fitness programmes like Yoga and Pilates to help you get fit at home for free. Check out the NHS website fitness studio which has exercises to suit everyone.
For top tips and advice on how to eat healthier in 2021, why not visit the NHS Change 4 Life website. You’ll find recipes and ideas to help you make healthier meal choices for the whole family. There are also indoor activities to help you get moving and stay healthy indoors.
Do you want to take control of your money? If you're worried about your finances or struggling to make ends meet, you're not alone. If so, we’ve partnered with debt charity StepChange who offer free, impartial and confidential debt advice which is personalised to your individual situation. They are there to support you with debt or money help for as long as you need and have the tools available to get you back on your feet.
Other debt related schemes are available which you may also want to consider such as the Government Debt Arrangement Scheme. Our Financial Inclusion Team can assist with ensuring you receive specific advice for your circumstances. Please contact the team on 0131 657 0600.
Why not try an online course if you want to learn a new language or skill? Language apps can help with pronunciation and set you little quizzes and goals to help you fun as you learn. Many local authorities have signed up to online libraries like the BorrowBox app where you can borrow audio and ebooks. Please check your local authority website for details.
This is a difficult time for everyone and it’s important to look after your mental health. We’ve put together a list of useful apps and websites to help support good mental health while we’re all at home. Please click here for more information.
If you are worried about your own or someone else’s mental health don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are organisations who specialise in providing support. We’ve put together a list of organisations who can provide support whatever your age or situation. Please click here for more information.
Do what’s right for you
No matter what your resolutions are this year, the most important thing is that you look after yourself and stay safe while we battle through this pandemic together.