2020 was certainly a year of challenges and changes, and I’m sure we’re all pleased to see the back of it. You may have experienced the frightening illness yourself, the loss of a loved one or the loss of a job. It’s often hard to find the positives in such tragic times. But the positives exist, and there is an end in sight. A new strength can be found from the annus horribillus of 2020.
For me, it’s been a year of ups and downs. I’ve enjoyed some new experiences, and at times, wanted to tear my hair out! I will be taking the high points into 2021, and these will bring changes to how I now want to realign my life.
Looking back to when this all started last spring, we were blessed with good weather. I took this rare opportunity to enjoy doing things for myself. Getting out and walking was one of my real highlights. I’ve lived in Berkhamsted for over 20 years and managed to bypass some of the most stunning walks on my doorstep. My partner and I used to drive out to somewhere we thought was better. We have reacquainted ourselves with our beautiful surroundings and have discovered some wonderful paths to enjoy.
I started yoga and running, which wouldn’t have happened otherwise. I’ve also strengthened some connections through Zoom and during one-to-one walks.
You may have also started something new; perhaps a craft or a new skill. You might have tackled some home decorating or decluttering, or simply enjoyed being able to sit and read a book. If you’re really struggling to find the positives, which is absolutely understandable, here are some ideas to bring more joy into 2021.
Look a little deeper
There is so much anger, sadness and fear in the world at the moment, which makes it hard to find the positives. Persevere, delve deep and you’ll eventually succeed. However small, you will find something. If it brings you joy, do more of it. Don’t worry about what you think may be expected of you. If it makes you feel good, don’t feel guilty and keep doing it.
The beautiful weather last spring made outdoor exercise much more pleasurable than during these cold winter days. If you’ve let things slip, and are ready to take to the footpaths once again, be warned, they’re very muddy! Outdoor exercise is a great way to help lift your spirits. I’ve talked about my continued progress with Couch to 5K, which I thoroughly recommended. I never thought running would be for me, but I’m doing it at my own pace, and it’s an excellent way to enjoy the outdoors. Before we know it, we’ll be hearing birdsong and experiencing the joys of spring once again.
Ask for help
Reach out to friends; they know you best and will offer a listening ear and some trusted advice. This is also an opportunity to reconnect with the friends you haven’t spoken to for a while. You can book a kinesiology session with me via Zoom if you fancy it. Kinesiology is incredibly effective with emotional support. It’s just magical how it can shift a person’s emotional state into a more positive mindset.
We’re all guilty of indulging in the foods that aren’t good for us. I’ve enjoyed baking more, and my partner has embraced making bread and delicious mince pies! Being an 80/20 person, I’m good 80% of the time, but allowed myself to relax a little over Christmas. If you feel ready to kick-start your healthy diet, get in touch, and I can find the best detox programme for you.
Boost your immune
Remember to look after your immune system, it’s particularly important at the moment. Just let me know if you would like advice on some extra support best suited to you. Feeling strong and healthy will really help with your positivity.
Unfortunately, I’ve had to close my clinic for lockdown.
I know you’ve all faced challenges over this last year, and if you would like to reconnect with how you felt pre-2020, I can help build your enthusiasm and boost your energy. We can work together to focus on what you need to move forwards in 2021. Let me know if you would like me to contact when I’m reopening the clinic so that I can book you in.