Here are five great tips to make this Punjabi New Year the best one yet.
We’re a few months into 2018, and this is a great point to check in and see if we have followed through on our personal goals, and if not, this is a good time to re-evaluate and start. Life is going by, and we want to make sure we are living in the present, and making the best of it! Here are five great tips to make this Punjabi New Year the best one yet.
#1 Give Back
I’m a big advocate for giving back. Growing up, my mom would always tell me how important it was that we took time to help people in need. There are so many great organizations that you can volunteer for – and the great thing is, you’ll meet likeminded people, and feel like you are living your life with purpose. Whether it is volunteering for the local food bank, helping serve food at a local shelter or signing up to support a cause, you’ll feel like you’re playing your part to help your community. Photo: Youth Transforming Society, TK Photography
#2 Spend Time With Family
Our lives get so incredibly busy. One of the best sayings I ever heard was “only busy people have time.” It is so hard to juggle personal and social life, that sometimes we put the most important people in our lives on the back burner. Somehow the people we care about the most don’t seem to be a priority in our daily to-do list. One of the biggest regrets I’ve heard around the world when people get older, is that they didn’t spend enough time with their family. I think having this knowledge can be used for good. If possible, schedule a weekly meet up or date with members of your family – go to the gym with your sibling, ask your parents out for dinner, go visit your grandparents and look through family albums – scheduling this time in your weekly calendar will help ensure you stay connected to the fam!
#3 Eat Healthier
We’re grateful to live in a part of the world where we have accessibility to fresh and local produce. Scheduling time to meal prep once a week will really help you stay eating healthier. For students, this is a great way to save money. We get so consumed by the hustle that we can get into a bad habit of picking up fast food everyday while we are running late to class or work, so spending a couple hours on Sunday to organize your weekly menu is super helpful.
#4 Take Some Time For Yourself And Work Out
We need to make sure we are taking care of our bodies. You can’t be productive if you’re sick. If you like the outdoors, you can go for a run by the seawall, or if you prefer the indoors, you can join a gym or yoga studio. We often neglect ourselves and stack way too much on our plate. If we don’t take care of ourselves, we are going to get overwhelmed and can get burned out. The time is now, so go take care of YOU!
#5 Take A Risk
This is a great reminder to check in on your personal goals, dreams and wishes. Want to start a business? Change careers? Switch Majors in University? The time is now. Life is so short. If there is something that will make you truly happy, the risk is definitely worth it. Take the leap, you won’t regret it!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Anoop Virk a co-founder of H.E.L.L.O, is one of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20, a Three Dot Dash Global Teen Leader, BC’s 24 Under 24, and an Ambassador for the Minerva Women’s Foundation.