2020 will undoubtedly be known as the year that screamed loud, was painful, uncomfortable and evoked raw emotions. Forcing us to accept change which often leads to us exploring beyond our comfort zones. Searching beyond a familiar area is challenging, which is a grey area that many of us struggle with as we adapt our lifestyles.
What we need to understand and accept is that regular change is constant in our existence. Any given crisis is about learning, reshaping our realities and often serves as a wake-up call. What is important is how we respond to these changes within society and our surroundings. How we learn from incidents will shape our growth as individuals. A crisis brings opportunities therefore we need to focus on what is in our control. Rise above the occasion and not be the victim.
With that being said, managing anxieties and fears of the unknown is not an easy task and has overwhelmed many of us this year. We all have had big decisions to make regarding different areas in our lives such as businesses, relationships, children’s education, travel, family and personal life.
Top Tips 2020 has reinforced are the following:
Self-care is a priority not a privilege: If you do not take care of yourself and schedule sufficient “me time” to recharge you will not be calm enough to make important decisions for yourself and your family. This year especially, during lockdown has shown us how important it is to slow down, rest, spend time with our loved ones and support each other.
Freedom should never be taken for granted
Change is inevitable. Nothing stays still. You do not know what is going to happen tomorrow. Live in the present moment.
Time is a limited source, don’t waste it on things that do not add value to your life.
Respond not react: In order to make the right decisions, you need to center yourself and come from your heart space and not react to the changing environment from a place of fear.
As the year draws to an end, I encourage you all to reflect on the changes you have had to make in your life. How did you feel about these new directions?
Journal your response to the uncomfortable adjustments as it will indicate where you may need healing to support you in this area of your life. We need to be gentle with ourselves, prioritise our mental health and emotional wellbeing in order to be happy, calm, grounded and at peace with the new reality post Covid-19.