Bring on 2021

2020 is a year the vast majority of us would like to forget. This time last year most of us had never heard the word coronavirus. COVID-19 hadn’t been invented along with concepts like lockdown, social distancing & “checking in” not really entering our consciousness.

It has been such a bizarre & frightening time for most of us & although Australia has handled the pandemic better than most, it has still profoundly affected the way most of us have lived.

Regardless, it is now that time of the year when most of us typically experience the very common burnout. 2020 can only make this burnout even more prominent in our minds & body with most of our thoughts turning to the Christmas break. Although Christmas should always be a time for rest, reflection and rejuvenation it often becomes a time for excessive partying, overeating, overindulging in other bad habits, not to mention those interactions with relatives whom some of us hardly see throughout the year.

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Interestingly, my daughter, Dr Ali Walker, who has a PhD in Human Consciousness told me that there is now a term for this overdose of relatives at Christmas. The term is hyper-co-presence. I would prefer to call this an unavoidable overdose!

Rather than heading towards the inevitable Christmas weight gain, the very common New Year’s Day hangover, the perennially failed New Year’s resolutions, along with the unresolved family conflicts, why not commit before the New Year to make a fresh start. Put the global traumas of 2020 behind you by following what I call my 5 Point Power Plan.

  1. Decision

Life is not about making the big decision to be healthy and happy, it is about making 30–50 small decisions every day of your life. Decisions like “I won’t eat that biscuit”, “I’ll walk up the stairs rather than take the escalator”, “I will not yell at that fool who just cut in front of me in the traffic”. These are split second decisions that can either take you towards good health and happiness or bad health and unhappiness. Why wait for the new year to make these decisions and resolutions? Also, if you have had long standing unresolved conflicts with people that erode your sense of well-being, why not make the commitment to resolve these? If you take nothing else from this article, remember it is always better to be kind rather than right. Why not start right now before the, often bad, habits of the Christmas break take over.

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Dr Walker is an expert in the field of preventative cardiology and has published seven books. He gives lectures nationally and internationally.

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Dr Ross Walker

Dr Walker is an expert in the field of preventative cardiology and has published seven books. He gives lectures nationally and internationally.