Small Healthier Swaps for 2021

Small Healthier Swaps for 2021

There is no arguing about it, 2020 has been a tough year for most. Indeed, at a time when people are normally brimming with enthusiasm for New Year’s resolutions and making their lifestyle healthier, things are a lot more low key. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can make at least some small positive steps. In fact instead of setting yourself massive and challenging resolutions that are all too easy to fail on, why not try implementing small healthier swaps for 2021?

Small Healthier Swaps for 2021 : Swap Veganuary for one veggie meal a week 

You will have heard and seen a lot about Veganuary on the TV and online, and of course, it’s a super smart idea. After all, when are people most likely to try a major change to the way they eat? 

For many people, the thought of changing every meal they and their families eat for an entire month is a whole lot of work and inconvenience. Not to mention the fact that they may face resistance from family members and discover that it isn’t easy to stick to themselves. That is why instead, doing a less intense version of Vegaunary may be a much better approach. 

Such an approach involves picking a day (or two) each week and eating vegetarian and vegan food then, and normal food for the rest of the time. Of course, the advantages of this approach are many, not least that you can gently ease yourself into this way of eating, which over the long term can help you maintain your momentum and stay successful. 

For anyone considering Veganism, I made the jump in December 2019 and am full vegan now and have never felt healthier.

Small Healthier Swaps for 2021 : Swap quitting smoking cold turkey for using a nicotine replacement

Anyone that has smoked knows that quitting is a tall order, and quitting cold turkey is the toughest way to do things. The good news is that it is also not the only way to quit. This is because there are things like nicotine replacement products that allow smokers to skill receive the chemical that they are addicted to without having to take in all that bad stuff that is in tobacco. 

Indeed, there is a range of products on the market including sprays, patches and lozenges. All of which can be used to gradually reduce the amount of nicotine a person uses and so help them to quit more gently. 

Another similar option is to use a vape pen instead. The great thing about this option is that you get the sense of smoking without taking in all the chemicals in cigarettes. You can also use stores that stock vape supplies to buy delicious tasting liquids. They also come in a range of nicotine strengths so you can use them to wean yourself off entirely over time. 

Joining the gym for walking around your neighbourhood  

Even if you wanted to, you couldn’t join a gym right now because of the lockdown situation. All is not lost, however, because instead of ending up as a January Gym bunny and a February gym casualty why not take the opportunity to start an exercise particle that is more manageable in the long term?

We are talking walking here, either around your neighbourhood or a country park. You may even wish to transition to jogging or running later on as your fitness improves?

Starting A Business In 2021

Starting A Business In 2021

Whether you’ve lost your job in 2020 or have realised that this is the time to follow your passions doesn’t matter. Starting a business in 2021 is a very appealing prospect, but it is one that will also come with many challenges.  

While there is no escaping the fact that the road ahead will be packed with bumps and turns, planning your route could not be simpler. Focus on your ABCs, and you won’t go far wrong.

Starting A Business In 2021: Analysis

Before stepping into the world of modern business, it’s imperative that you paint a clear picture of what to expect. Whether it’s analysing how the E-commerce industry has changed or knowing the rules for a brick and mortar store doesn’t matter. Either way, you will need to appreciate the fact that running a company in 2021 is a lot different from 2019.

Aside from changing consumer trends, you need to think about staff logistics. Every aspect of productivity is likely to feel the impacts of the new norm. Frankly, if you jump in at the deep end without a full understanding, it’s very likely that the company will sink rather than swim. Not least because your strategy will lack direction.

Aside from the influence of COVID-19, you should acknowledge the political climate when starting a business in 2021. Brexit will impact international trade, which is why you mustn’t ignore it.

Consider Your Branding

Now more than ever, there is a need to connect with customers. Consumers have missed out on interactions with friends, which is why brands who understand their desires will thrive. Likewise, when you can resonate with clients, it becomes far easier to find and promote the right USPs. More conversions will soon follow.

This isn’t limited to online companies and can be equally crucial for starting a restaurant or local service. The opportunities to capture a prospective lead’s attention will be compromised due to the current climate. So, the ability to understand your place in the market, and the best ways to establish a strong bond is crucial.  

Of course, branding can cover the same marketing efforts as usual. A good website, social media game, and logo creation will serve you well. As will timed offers that appeal to your customers.

Starting A Business In 2021: Consider Capital

The financial barometer is essential for all businesses at all times. Nevertheless, the difficulties facing firms in the current climate are far greater. For starters, gaining access to bank funding is very tough. As such, crowdfunding activities may be the only solution. Without the right levels of financial reserves, the new venture will soon fail.

Wherever your money arrives from, you will need to find ways of reducing your expenses. Working from smaller premises, using outsourced services, and teaming up with other SMEs can all help. Meanwhile, you should analyse all operational features. If they don’t boost the bottom line, you should lose them ASAP.

It could be as simple as cutting team meetings down to size or losing an unnecessary habit. At this time, even the seemingly small savings can make a big impact on your future.

Are you considering starting a business in 2021? I started building mine back in 2006 and have never looked back. While you may face different challenges now to what I did back then, it could still be the best move you’ve ever made.