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Here are Opinion Outpost’s Tips to Make 2020 a great Year!

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In 2019, self-care was a big trending topic. It’s one that will definitely be talked about more as we start off the next decade.

Whether you already have a busy year ahead, or you’re just taking it day by day, it is important that we stop to take some time for ourselves. So, how can you take care of yourself more this year?

Make time for yourself by taking surveys

Wait, what? That doesn’t make sense. Let us explain!

The new year and the new decade might already look like it's going to be a busy one. Whether you are starting school/university, going back to school, starting a new job, moving house or getting married.

These are all exciting milestones in life, but they can also bring a significant amount of stress. This year, take the time to treat yourself, especially when you deserve it.

This can be done in the smallest ways. Perhaps a weekend getaway or staycation, treating yourself might be as simple as a nice bubble bath or a weekend spent watching Netflix with no regret.

So this is where Opinion Outpost comes in. By sharing your opinions in our surveys you get to earn rewards which you can spend on yourself.

Maybe what you need is some good retail therapy or you’re thinking of beginning a capsule wardrobe to be more sustainable and streamline your life. Not sure what that is? Check this article which shows you how to create a capsule wardrobe and how it can benefit you.

We have plenty of vouchers on our Webshop for some well-loved stores including Harvey Nichols, The White company, John Lewis, Feel Unique and many more.

Making time for others can also positively affect us. Spending time with friends and family is always a good idea and is certain to put you in a great mood. Why not schedule a friends date or family time twice a month to keep in contact with those you love, even when life is busy.

There are loads of things you can do, why not use some of the Opinion Outpost rewards to plan a fun day out, like an afternoon at an amusement park. You can choose from Alton Towers, Chessington World of Adventures and Thorpe Park.

Or use our Virgin experience day e-voucher - what better way to enjoy time with someone than driving a Ferrari, getting pampered or even flying a plane.

Create a routine

Having a routine can really help to change your day. Whether this is a short morning routine or an extensive night routine, practiced regimes are said to have many positive impacts on our daily lives. Building a routine will not only help you to prioritise and decide what really is important in your day to day activities, but will ultimately help to reduce stress because you are not constantly worrying what needs to be done as it’s already part of your daily habits.

A routine will also help to free up your time, and this is great as it will allow you to have time to focus on the things that make you happy and contribute to your personal self-care. This way you can watch that extra episode of Peaky Blinders or just have an early night, ready for the next day.

Take more breaks

It goes without saying but working too much without a break is not only sure to drive you up the wall, but your productivity is also going to decrease. The efficiency of your work is likely to drop as you won’t be able to focus as well as when you are rested.

Why not try and group the time of your work, using systems like the pomodoro technique, where you set a timer for 20mins of work and 10mins break, 25mins work and 5mins break or 45mins work and 15min break. Having a longer break after every hour or 2.

Half your to-do list

Having a long to-do list and being able to tick things off as you go can be very satisfying, however it can also be harmful to your productivity. It’s a lot better to have a shorter list and complete everything efficiently than a long one where you might only complete a third of the tasks and not great because you are rushing to complete the whole list.

Limit screen time

Don’t worry we aren’t telling you to go completely cold turkey and sacrifice your phone, but it’s not always necessary to check your devices every 5 minutes. Maybe start out by having no screen time in the morning or putting down the phone two hours before your bedtime.

No screen time before you go to bed can help to improve your rest and. Make you feel less groggy in the mornings. Instead why not read a book or journal about your day, meditation is a nice way to end your day and may even help you to drift off.

Maybe you can all up a family member or friend you haven’t spoken to for a while. We know it’s cheating a bit, but at least you’re not scrolling mindlessly through your emails or Instagram feed.

Learn to say “No” It sounds quite selfish but make 2020 the year you say “no” to the things you really aren’t passionate about or have no real interest in doing. We don’t mean telling your boss you won’t come in because you don’t want too. More like saying “no” to the blind date your friends are eager to set you up on when you really are not interested in dating. Or maybe not volunteering to help plan an event if you know you don’t have time and will most likely be less helpful. Learning to say “no” will help make time for the things you are really passionate about and also means you are not giving energy to things that you honestly don’t have the time to put 100% into.

Read more using your rewards

Reading is supposed to be one of the best practices of self-care, so in 2020, why not attempt to pick up that book you have been meaning to read.

Reading is one of the best ways to calm down and unwind whilst learning something new, whether you’re reading fiction or non-fiction.

Want to get started? Use your Opinion Outpost points to redeem any one of our book related vouchers. We have a selection of Booktokens, Waterstones and WHSmith vouchers that are perfect to get you started on your book journey. And if you’re stuck on what to read, check out this article on the must reads of 2020.

Or with our Amazon gift card you can browse through thousands of books and see what’s top in your favourite genre.

Cook!

Cooking is another activity for self-care and a great way to be healthy. Taking the time to make a meal for yourself encompasses self-care in many ways. Cooking means that you are able to make better and healthier choices in your meals, which is good if you are trying to change your diet. Or even if you decide to make your favourite comfort meals, cooking can be a way of making time yourself.

Even if you aren’t the best chef in the kitchen, why not indulge yourself in good food elsewhere. There are so many different cuisines out there to try!

With your Opinion Outpost rewards you can get a wide variety of gift cards for some of the nation’s favourite restaurants. Why not treat yourself to a meal at TGI Fridays after a long week at work or maybe a cheeky Nandos with some friends. If you're feeling extra fancy maybe our Miller & Carter voucher is right for you.

Or, if you are feeling like doing it yourself, our Amazon gift cards are great to get yourself a new cookbook, with endless recipes that you can follow. We recommend trying out Chrissy Teigen’s ‘Cravings’ cookbook, if you want some great confor recipes that aren’t difficult to follow or maybe ‘Eat Happy’ by Melissa Hemsley if you’re trying to become healthier (aren’t we all!)

How are you going to kick off the New Year? Why not start it right by taking our Opinion Outpost surveys! The best way to earn rewards for some of your favourite stores. Still want to know more? Head over to our website and don’t forget to check out all of our social media pages.

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