Want to totally boss 2022?
We asked our experts to offer predictions and advice for the next 12 months, from dating to career dreams.
So if you’re not sure where your ‘situationship’ will lead or whether you should switch jobs this year, they’re here to guide you.
Read on below for their forecast of the year ahead.
So is this the year that we’re going to find true love?
Logan Ury, director of relationship science at dating app Hinge and author of How To Not Die Alone, says: ‘This most definitely is going to be the year that people find love. After two frustrating and challenging years of false starts and cycles of hope and disappointment, we’ve all learned to be way more upfront about who we are and what we want.
‘In 2019, singles were waiting around for love to happen but in 2022 there’s a sense that life is too short and people looking for partners want to take specific action.
‘Many have been caught in a something of a ‘situationship’ — hanging out together but not in a relationship. This won’t do any more. The pandemic has helped in that people have spent time thinking about what they want in a partner and many have broken bad dating habits. This is the year of “I have a goal. I’m not prepared to sit back and wait for love to happen”.’
Logan’s top tip for finding love in 2022: ‘Be honest about who you are and what you’re looking for, and be willing to walk away.
‘Mental health is now a big thing — 83% of Hinge singles would prefer to date someone who has been in therapy because it means you’re taking care of yourself.’
What if we feel it’s time to end our marriage? Is it possible to have an easy divorce?
Divorce coach Kate Daley, co-founder of Amicable.co.uk and host of The Divorce Podcast, says: ‘Divorce is never easy but it can be simpler and calmer with some preparation and new legislation in April that will see the end of the blame game.
‘The law will change to become no fault, so only one of you has to say the marriage has broken down irretrievably and you only have to wait six months for a divorce. This will make divorce much simpler and kinder.
‘There’s no evidence from other countries that these rules will see a spike in divorces but I think we will see a surge in April when people who have been locked together since the start of the pandemic decide they need a clean break from each other.’
Kate’s top tip for breaking up in 2022: ‘Deal with the emotion before you deal with your partner. Seek emotional support before you sit down to have conversations about the practicalities of separation.
‘It’s not finances, property or children that make divorce so complicated, it’s emotions. Get yourself in a good place beforehand — put your own oxygen mask on first.’
With all these emotions postlockdown, will we be drowning our sorrows in drink?
Kathy Caton, founder of Brighton Gin, says: ‘Drinking has become a real occasion and one of the positives to come out of the pandemic is that people are treating themselves to better-quality alcohol and have developed a taste for it.
‘So in 2022 the trend of less and better is here to stay. There will be a further swing towards supporting regional producers, from sparkling wine in Sussex to local gin producers and organic wine growers.
‘This year is about being in the moment, making drinking an experience instead of something you do alone in front of the TV. So from cocktail-making on Zoom to distillery tours and food tours, everyone’s finding new ways to experience alcohol and enjoy it properly.
‘We’ve all worked out what it’s like when we can’t do these things, so 2022 is going to reap those benefits.’
Kathy’s top tip for raising a glass in 2022: ‘Drink less and savour it more. We’ll all have fewer hangovers by drinking better quality but much more fun too.
‘If you’re missing exotic foreign travel or lovely holidays, treat yourself to really great food and drink and make that your luxury.’
Will we be raising our glass at more weddings and celebrations?
Kristina Kempton, event coordinator to the stars, says: ‘There will be so many more proposals this year. People are committing faster than ever before. Dating during the pandemic has been intense – a year together was like four.
‘Couples got to know each other a lot faster. I’m planning weddings of couples who met at the start of lockdown and have already had babies.
‘In terms of celebrations, people are inviting fewer guests but spreading the celebrations over more days with three days of brunches, barbecues and festivals with loved ones.
‘We want that special moment and this is the year the budget will be blown as we are all determined to enjoy it.’
Kristina’s top tip for an unforgettable celebration in 2022: ‘Don’t hold back. It’s not about saving a dress for a rainy day because we don’t know what’s around the corner so celebrate your occasion in style and go the extra mile.
‘Romance is back and with it commitment and the chance to eat, drink and celebrate bigger than ever before.’
How about new year, new job? Is it a good time to change job or even start a new career?
Charlotte Davies, careers expert at LinkedIn, says: ‘This year will continue to see a great reshuffle where workers across the country are rethinking their careers and looking for new job opportunities that meet their renewed purpose and priorities. People are considering not just how and where they work but also why.
‘If they want to move jobs or totally switch careers, there’s not been a better time to do it. Businesses offer greater flexibility and across LinkedIn I’ve seen some incredible individual stories of change.
‘One worker was made redundant from an airline and became a fitness brand ambassador, and a bus cleaner retrained to become a product designer at a global bank.’
Charlotte’s top tip for a new job in 2022: ‘Network through old school mates, old colleagues or LinkedIn. Use social media to showcase your work.
‘Years of experience and skills are as highly sought-after as fresh faces at the start of their working life. New opportunities are abundant and now is the time to go for them!’
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