Like everything else about 2020, your resolutions probably went off the rails. But nothing says “get up off the mat” like setting new goals. Tackle 2021 with these resolutions, from learning something new to practicing a bit of self-care.
Learn how to play an instrument.
Committing to learning how to play an instrument helps with mental acuity and can contribute to stress relief, says James Flood, founder and director of Westlake Music Academy, which offers in-person and virtual lessons for piano, guitar and more. “You learn to persevere through something that seemed initially very difficult,” says Flood, “and when you get to the other side, you learn that if I persist with this thing, I can conquer it.”
Learn how to speak another language.
Spanish is the second most-spoken language by native speakers in the world, so learning it could be useful to those who have professional goals or want to immerse themselves in the culture. But if you’re overwhelmed by the idea, the Cleveland Spanish School and Academy offers Zoom lessons with experienced teachers. “It’s never too late [to learn a new language],” says Maria Pauer, the school’s director. “You just absorb it, and eventually you get to the point where you know it.”
Learn how to meditate.
No matter how hard we try, we can’t turn off the constant stream of thoughts in our heads. Luckily, Studio Cleveland’s virtual meditation classes give our minds a much-needed break. Attendees are guided to relax their bodies and focus on breathing. “[Meditation] puts you in tune with yourself and the universe,” says owner Sara Syed. “You’re able to accept the present moment as it is."