2020 brought on challenges no one expected. COVID-19 threw everyone off as it resulted in social distancing measures, self-isolation and the whole world shutting down to reduce the transmission of the virus. The majority of 2020 was spent alone – with people struggling to survive, coast through the drastic change and live.
Self-care and mental wellness were brought into a new light during 2020. You may be one of the many people who struggled with mental care, who worked extra hard to make ends mean or who had to step out of their comfort zones.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a young student, a parent or one of the world’s leading condominium developers – everyone’s had a rough 2020; therefore, everyone should care for themselves better this 2021 (and beyond).
Care for yourself by limiting the times you stress out about small tasks. Instead of living with organization, set goals – whether they are daily, weekly or monthly – and prioritize your tasks. Planners can help you stay organized and on track.
2020 also brought on confusing and unpleasant feelings. Instead of bottling up your worries, write down how you feel so you can process your thoughts for the day. Journaling can also help you recognize what you’re doing right instead of the negatives from today.
Also, never underestimate the power of a clean home free of mess. If you’re always surrounded by clutter, your mental space will mimic the state of your physical space. Clearing the clutter – from the mess to the table to re-organizing your things at home – can help lower your stress levels.
Look After Your Health
2020 emphasized the importance of your health – physically and mentally. In terms of physical health, building up a strong immune system is a key defense against COVID-19 and other illnesses. As the New Year arrives, don’t forget to prioritize your health still. You know the drill: eat healthily, exercise daily and get enough sleep.
In terms of mental health, don’t forget to give yourself a self-care break. Meditate to ease your worries. Take some time to enjoy peace and relaxation. In line with exercising, a good walk can help you process thoughts as you burn some calories.
If you need professional help, do so. Asking for help shouldn’t make you feel weak or ashamed. Think of it as a sign of strength. You’re ready to embrace your weakness, solve what causes your discomfort and build a support network around you. Seek professional help to care for your mental wellbeing.
Relationships are essential for your emotional wellbeing. Family and friends keep you grounded and help you put things in perspective. Prior to COVID-19, planning dates with loved ones were easier and more enjoyable. Now, socialization is confined within the four corners of Zoom or Skype.
There’s no certainty that 2021 will be the start of physical socialization again so it pays to be prepared. Schedule regular video calls with people you love. If you don’t have the time or means for a video call, a phone call or a few chats will suffice.
Tune Into Gratitude
2020 may have been a hard year but there were blessings during one of society’s most trying years. Tuning into gratitude by looking back at your blessings can help you realize how far you’ve come. In terms of doing it as a daily exercise, before you sleep, write down or think about three things you are grateful for your day, or life in general.
2020 was a tough year, which is why people are hopeful for a better 2021. Jumpstart the New Year by improving your lifestyle and promising to care for yourself better this 2021 and beyond.