Well 2020 has been a strange year hasn’t it? I had many goals set for myself to get done this year however 2020 had other plans in store. 2020 for me, has been a year of reflection. I haven’t done a lot, I am sure a many of you will say the same. The thing that comes with not doing very much and having an anxious mind is a lot of overthinking. I have reflected on the past, thought about what I would like in the future and felt grateful for what I already have. At the end of every year I like to look back at the events that have taken place and see if I achieved any of the goals that I set for myself at the start of the year and since coronavirus ruined my goals (this doesn’t bother me as there is much more important things happening in the world right now) in this blog post I will be talking about the lessons that 2020 has taught me.
” From tough times, come tough lessons.”
Family Is Everything
Now, obviously I already knew this but due to the virus I have only been able to see my family three times this year. I come from a very family orientated background and family is the most important thing to me so I have really struggled with not being able to visit them, it has also been the first year of me living away from home since I moved with my boyfriend so I haven’t even been able to meet up with my family to go for a walk. If this pandemic has taught me anything it is that I need to be grateful for every minute I can have with my family. I did get to spend Christmas with them and I can’t explain how much it meant to me. I cried a lot of the way home afterwards. Once all of this is over I will definitely be going to visit my family and my boyfriends family more!
Having A Hobby Is Important
Just before lockdown happened I left my place of work due to how unhappy I was there, which meant when lockdown happened I had a lot of time on my hands. I decided I really needed to find something to occupy my time that would also calm my anxiety so I ended up buying ingredients and baking quite a lot and found that I actually really enjoyed it, I also bought polymer clay and started making jewellery out of it which I found really helped me with my anxiety as I really had to focus on the small details. I also got back into my blogging, this blog means a lot to me,I spent so much time building it and I am so happy to be back doing what I love.
Look After Your Health
I think 2020 has taught us all this lesson. We are still going through a pandemic that none of us could have seen happening and I think it has been a real wake up call to many people. It has definitely made me realise that I need to look after myself more than what I have been, after I finished my treatment for my eating disorders I avoided going to the doctors and hospital at all costs and I have had a health scare in the past month, all turned out to be fine, however it really did make me realise I need to listen to my body and look after it.
Time Out Is Needed
It is so important to take time out to relax and turn your mind off from the stress and pressures of everyday life. We all need balance in our life and I think the pandemic will have taught a lot of people this lesson. Take time to look after yourself, have a self care day or just sit and watch Netflix all day… Whatever makes you happiest do that!
Spend Time Outdoors
The start of lockdown really made me realise how I need to get outside more. Im quite a homely person and enjoy being on my own but having the option to go outside taken away from me really made me want to do it more. I went for our hourly outdoor exercise most days just to get out of the house and this is something I would like to keep up even when the pandemic is (fingers crossed) a thing of the past.
Use Your Voice
If 2020 has taught me anything that hasn’t come from the pandemic alone it would be to use my voice against social injustices. I need to talk about important subject matters such as racism, homophobia, sexism, mental health and other issues that I am passionate about. Use your voice to fight for what you believe in and to educate others.
Time Isn’t Guaranteed Use It Wisely
The main thing that I would like to take away from this year is that you can not predict what will happen. An event can take place at any time which can completely change your everyday life. If you have goals, aspirations or a dream FOLLOW IT. You can’t sit and wait for it to fall in front of you, make it happen!!
I hope that you all have a lovely new years eve and keep safe! Sending love as we head into the new year!