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Take care of yourself: 6 Well-being skills to learn in 2021 for a better life

2020 was a year of hardships for many of us. Millions of people saw their life affected by the global Covid-19 pandemic. 2021 just started and it looks like things are about to get worse than they were 2020. A new round of lockdown is happening.

For the biggest part of the year, the activities you’re allowed to do will be limited. As such, it is critical that you find something fun and challenging to do with your spare time. This is why we created this list of 6 well-being skills you should acquire in 2021.

We selected those for either their mental or physical health benefits or because they’re going to help you tremendously once the pandemic is over.

Without further ado, here is our recommended list of well-being skills to learn in 2021.


Drawing is an awesome skill to have. You can use it to explore ideas, explain concepts and express yourself. A lot of studies demonstrated that making art has many benefits, including: reduced stress, anxiety and diminished symptoms of depression. In 2021, this will definitely be needed.

If taking on drawing is something that you plan on doing in 2021, here are some of our recommended resources.


Cooking is one of the most basic life skills that everyone should have. If you’re eating 3 meals a day (and you should), you’re eating more than a thousand meals a year. That’s a lot! There’s just no excuse for not knowing how to feed yourself properly.

We’re not talking about becoming a great chef here (but if you do, by all means, call us, we’d love to taste your food). Kidding aside, we’re just talking about being able to whip up something nutritive and tasty, without relying on the restaurant, your mom or a meal prep service.

Talking about nutrition, there’s something important that you’ve heard before, but it needs to be repeated again:

You must eat enough fruits and vegetables to be healthy.

– Just about every average Jane’s mum

On a more serious note, numerous studies discovered that eating well can help to prevent mental illnesses like depression. Let’s just say that eating healthy food is going to be a necessity for your well-being in 2021.

If you’re going to get serious about cooking, you might as well want to check the following list of resources we’ve put together:

  • A list of all the recipes we’ve ever published on Average Janes
  • All the kitchen tools the Average Jane should have in her kitchen
  • Our selection of the most awesome cooking books ever

Entrepreneurial skills

It takes many skills that make a great entrepreneur. Those skills are all useful in many ways. Your future self will thank you for taking the time to develop those. Check the following links for the entrepreneurial skills we encourage you to develop in the next year.

  • Communication
  • Recognizing business opportunities
  • Time management
  • Negotiation

Personal finance management

If 2020 has taught us anything is that good financial planning is important. Your revenue might have gone down because of the lockdowns. You might even be out of a job. With proper financial management, you can make sure that you build a proper safety cushion for when sh*t hits the fan.

Personal finance management is also there to make sure that, if something happens to you some day, your loved ones are cared for if needed.

See our various tips on personal finance management.


Meditation has been proved to reduce stress, anxiety, promote emotional health, self-awareness and to lengthen attention span. Am I right in saying that you will definitely need those benefits in the coming year?

If you think so, jump up on our meditation guide and soothe your mind with those relaxation and meditation tips.

Journaling and gratitude

What would you say if I told you that you can be happier in life? And if I added that all your goals and life objectives are within your reach?

Would you believe me?

Well, you should because it has been proven that people who keep a gratitude journal are living a happier life. Why? Because it makes you focus on what matters: stuff makes you feel better.

And about those goals? Keep a journal of your goals, the daily steps you take to achieve them and you’ll see. Taking a tiny step, everyday towards reaching your goal will eventually lead you there. You’ll be encouraged to see the progress day in, day out. You’re probably the only person standing between you and your dreams. You just have to take the first step.

When you’re ready to be happier and to reach your goal, go check our section about journaling and gratitude.


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