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It's been a difficult year. No one can deny it. Which is why we want to share with you our thoughts and wishes for 2021, when we hope to see a glimmer of light on the horizon. 

In fact, we wondered if it was at all possible to turn the arduous task of writing New Year's resolutions into a positive act of kindness; a gift to ourselves and the people we love.

So, we have put together a short list of 4 New Year's resolutions to help us find a hopeful path towards caring for the mind, body and soul. We turned to wellbeing experts, scientists and sustainability design gurus to help us pave the way towards a brighter, healthier New Year.

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And one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves is space and time to find calm. Ayurveda expert Dr. Eranga Kaushal recommends a breathing meditation to help make the most of those calm moments in the day. Find a quiet space, take a steady breath in through both nostrils and keep inhaling until your lungs feel full. Hold your breath for just a second. Think of it as if you’re about to whisper a secret. Then exhale through both nostrils slowly. The calming rhythm brings a natural rest to the mind and knocks out all the stress from the body.

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 Now is the time to make the change; make a little space in your every day life to be kind to yourself. Amanda Steman is a Wellness expert who created the inspirational therapy company Fundamental Growth and she is encouraging us to shift our gift-giving focus inward this year. “It's an act of self-care. It's an investment in ourselves. Also, we know best what we like and need, and sometimes it's easier to give that to ourselves than to hope that someone else will.”

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"Giving a thoughtful gift that means something about your bond with someone is a great way to strengthen your connection. Highlighting the importance of your special relationship can have great psychological benefits to both you and the recipient."

"Think of the happiest times you've shared, such as a particularly hilarious night out or an embarrassing event you always laugh about. Could you give a gift or share a moment which brings back the memory?"

As the New Year arrives, make a new rule to reach out more often to those you love. A gift can be a present that you can wrap with a bow, or it can simply be a friendly chat or sharing a glass of something special. Psychologist Honey Langcaster-James discusses how incorporating thoughtful gift giving into our lives can benefit everyone involved;

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 "Tidying can take time to finish and it’s also very tiring. Make sure your windows are open to have fresh air, play some music you love and take breaks. In case you can’t finish it in one day try to come back to it the next day. Don’t delay and postpone. The end result will give you so much joy."

Need to sort out the bathroom? "Store your toiletries in baskets or boxes, sort them by sub categories and keep only the things you use. Discard old products and samples that you received and never use."

Or maybe it's the kitchen that needs a tidy? "Like with every other room, food should be accessible and visible. I use glass jars to store my food."

We all have cupboards that are in urgent need of thorough organising. From shoes to paperwork, ignoring clutter can become the cause of long underlying levels of anxiety... and nobody needs that kind of stress right now. So, we turned to tidiness guru Sarit Sela, who runs The Minimalist Blog and combines the Marie Kondo method with sustainable Scandinavian liviing. Here's some of her tips for decluttering;

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Heal both your body and your mind by taking the time to go for a walk or run in nature. If you're working from home right now, it can be tough to take time out to exercise regularly. 
And yet, making the special effort to schedule in a morning or afternoon in nature will make a huge difference.

Even scientists agree. A study in Japan asked 3,000 adults about the effect of spending time in green spaces and woodlands. They found that frequent visits to woodlands and countryside were associated with increased levels of self-esteem, life satisfaction and happiness, as well as easing feelings of depression and loneliness.

And having trouble sleeping? Dr Serge Landrieu, 'Master of Wellness' at Thailand's Anantara Bophut Resort, recommends a good night's sleep and discovering your own evening bedtime ritual. Try meditating, breathing exercises or lighting a candle to lower the light level. Plus, staying hydrated can help with sleep too, so keep those jugs of water filled throughout the day.

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