COVID-Friendly New Year’s Resolutions: How We Can All Make 2021 Safer

Thankfully, 2020 is almost over. FINALLY! As the Semisonic song lyric goes, “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” So, the time is right to make some New Year’s resolutions. Among the most important aspects of this process is the choice to live a healthier life—and thereby help others do the same. This year has been so dark, dangerous, and downright scary on so many fronts. Let’s try starting the next one with a new mindset. Instead of hiding, we should strive to fight back against COVID. But with so much information out there, where is the best place to start?

The coronavirus loves a song, a hug, a handshake, a dinner-date, drinks at a bar, and yes, a crowded party. It is highly social but has terrible manners—especially when it makes you its host. Unfortunately for humans (and some animals), how you act, what you do, where you go, and who you interact with can have a dangerous, if not deadly impact on everyone from those you love most to members of your community you need most.

Here are some tips for making this new year an even safer one and the resolutions you can make to make it easier as we navigate through the pandemic:

  • Invest in multiple masks that fit the desired description on the CDC’s website.
  • Limit your physical interaction with others who are not living full-time within your home. College students returning from home are not considered your “housemates.” Their reentry home should be guided by the CDC’s guidelines listed on their website.
  • Wash your hands often and have your family members in your home do the same! Make sure you also frequently Lysol or Clorox on all commonly used or shared surfaces like your remotes, phones, doorknobs, sink handles, toilet flushers, laundry machine nobs, and the like.  Make a resolution to do this at least once per day.
  • Make sure, when around others, you stay at least six feet away—and always wear your mask.
  • Whenever possible, avoid unnecessary indoor interaction with others.
  • Remember to exercise – but in a socially distant, COVID-safe manner.  Indoor training and exercise at home, yoga, meditation, supervised approved sports, and more.  Exercise is good for your overall health, mindset, and ability to focus on what matters most.

Every day is an opportunity to choose safety. At the end of the year, that will likely be everyone’s first new year’s resolution.  Once we commit to safety, the rest becomes easier.