December 15, 2020
Who else felt as if they somehow stepped into the twilight zone sometime around March? Literally the world was turned on its head. Each day ran into the other and sometimes it felt as if we were living an out of body experience. I can relate to these feelings myself. As the months went on, I began to shift my outlook and began to make small changes that helped me to manage this new normal… If I had not, my mental state would have suffered tremendously. How many of you can relate?
As we are coming to the close of this crazy year, I began to reflect on the year in its entirety. We’ve experienced some losses maybe loved ones or financial security, and just everyday normal freedoms. But we’ve also gained so much! Personally, my family is closer than ever, I’ve gotten to spend a massive amount of time with my kid who is fantastic by the way, and we were able to purchase our first home. Many people can’t even attest to those things in a lifetime let alone a year, so for that I consider myself very fortunate.
Somehow there seems to be a collective feeling that once the year ends, 2021 will usher in a world that’s gone back to normal in the blink of an eye. Spoiler alert: not gonna happen. So how to keep your spirits up after the holidays are over? How can you shift your energy moving into 2021 after one hell of a year? Here are some suggestions to get your 2021 started with a new tune.
Make a List of Gratitude
Writing down what you are grateful for is a great way to acknowledge and appreciate the positive things in your life. What are some of the good things that happened to you over the last 12 months?
Self care is huge when starting fresh. If you can plan some time out to arrange a quiet day home alone to spoil yourself. Binge watch a show you’ve been meaning to watch, read a book purely for entertainment, take a bubble bath, or give your hair a deep conditioning treatment.
Make an at home physical wellness plan. YouTube offers thousands of free fitness videos for whatever your workout flavor is. You can even download some free apps to your cell phone or tablet, my personal favorite is jumping rope. Or bust out your old video game console and dance the night away.
Create a Vision Board
This is huge for me because my year looked nothing like my vision board did going into the year… But that’s ok. Focus on what you can control and find some photos representing some of the goals you have for yourself for the next 12 months. I like to concentrate on 3 areas: Personal, Family, Career.
Try a New Look
Imagine a new you for 2021. Is there a haircut or hair color you’ve been dying to try out? What better time to switch things up! To play around with some fun shades without the commitment, try Color&Co virtual try-on. So fun!
Limit Bad Habits
Something we can constantly work on is what we choose to tell ourselves. Make a list of things or habits that do not serve you that you want to shift away from. Be intentional, the universe gives what you put in it.
Take Time to Journal
It’s never too late to start! When I find myself overwhelmed, worried or stressed I take some time to write out my thoughts. Most times, I feel better just getting those thoughts out, and usually once I read through what I wrote, it’s never as bad as it seems. Journaling is a great way to monitor your growth and progress.
Give yourself permission to not be 100% all the time. If we’ve learned anything over this past year is that we can all use a little extra grace. Your sink might be full of dishes, you may be overwhelmed and tired but that doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a deep-conditioning hair treatment or pedicure. Take each day one at a time, you owe it to yourself. Try and make this new year your best-self year!