I wonder how you all feel for 2020. What helped you get through the last year, did you succeed, or did you feel like you just survived? Here are some of my thoughts on transforming a difficult year, along with some personal positives from 2020 …
I’m not going to complain about what a tough 2020 was, we all know it was the absolute worst, and while it feels like we can look back and only see negatives, I think it matters that Year Work through to Find Some positive highlights to focus on.
Reshaping a difficult year
It’s okay if you don’t really feel like you’ve achieved something. It’s okay to feel frustrated with plans that had to be scrapped or put on hold. It’s okay to feel like you still don’t feel like the normal you and worry about what the future will bring.
It is important that you give yourself space and permission to realize and think about how you are feeling. However, it’s also important to put these feelings in perspective by focusing on some of the things that were good over the year.
Maybe you need to work from home and spend more time with family? Maybe you started a new business after losing your job? Perhaps you have planted cereals in your garden, perhaps for the first time? Perhaps you have taken up a new hobby or have volunteered? No matter how small, when you look back on this year, I hope that most of us will still find some positive results to pull from the carnage of 2020.
I don’t know what helped you over the past year, whether you managed to thrive or just survive, but I thought it would be nice to think about the past year and share some of the things that aren’t just I’m proud of it, but it has helped me all year.
I would really like to know what coping mechanisms you used. Please leave a comment below or join the conversation on social media.
Some personal positive aspects from 2020
I started keeping a gratitude journal
I’ve got used to gratitude
You can read about my gratitude journal experiment here, but I found that increased awareness of all the many things to be grateful for helped make my way through 2020.
I increased my spiritual practice
Meditation helped me keep my balance when I was feeling very depressed, bored, and scared. It helped me calm down in moments of panic and fear as my fear increased. It helped me lift myself out of the clutches of depression and it helped me refocus my energy and thoughts when I was feeling bored, restless, and unstimulated.
I meditate every day now and it’s a bigger part of my life than ever before.
I started swimming in open water
Swimming in open water was a lifeline for me this year
Although 2020 was not a year for big adventures and many of us found our plans restricted, I discovered swimming in open water and it was a lifeline for me at a time when my gym was closed and I couldn’t swim regularly, detrimental to my mental health and physical health.
I had to overcome many fears to do it, but I haven’t looked back since! If you had told me 6 months ago that I would be swimming outside in December, I just would not have believed it.
I’ve committed to random kind actions
Some of the many rainbows of hope that I’ve made and that strangers have found
Although it has been shown that not only altruistic as random kind actions improve the mood of not only the recipient but also the person responsible for the kindness, I did a few little things throughout the year to raise the morale of family, friends and complete strangers to improve.
One of the things I did was crochet a little over 100 rainbows of hope, many of which I attached lots of positive affirmations and messages to the city I live in so people could find.
I have made my mental and physical health a priority
I beat my personal best so far on Christmas Eve
Many of us, stuck with our usual routines out the window and grappling with the fear and uncertainty created by the global pandemic, found that our determination to eat healthily waned for a while.
Like many others, I gained a bit of weight during the lockdown, but instead of berating myself I made up my mind to be friendly and figured if a little more than usual eating helps me deal with what’s on the world is going on, so be it.
I was also ready to face the consequences directly, and after a few months everything turned around. I have returned to my pre-Covid weight and am still on my way to making things better.
I set a personal best in swimming on Christmas Eve and reintroduced yoga into my life to feel happier and healthier.
I’ve spent more time outdoors than ever before
I discovered so many new local walks!
During the first lockdown, we would walk after work every day to get out of the house. We camped in the garden (several times!) And explored the area like never before.
We had to learn more about where we live and have seen more of it than we had in the past 10 years!
Here is the full list of the 10 things to be proud of in 2020 …
Goals and intentions for 2021
I love the break between Christmas and New Years because I have time to think and set intentions for the year ahead. Whether you make New Year’s resolutions every year or like me, you prefer smaller goals and intentions for the year ahead, I wish you love and peace.
All that remains to be said is a Happy New Year and as always, thank you for supporting the blog by visiting it and interacting with me on social media.
I hope 2021 will be your time to shine and that it will bring less trouble, uncertainty and heartache than 2020.
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Shell loves all things travel and the outdoors, and is a nature-loving, comfortable camping girl. Shell started the Camping with Style blog after a serious snowboarding accident that left her with a broken back. Even so, she used the outdoors and nature’s healing powers to recover, and she continues to spend time outdoors whenever she can.
From swimming in the open water, snowboarding and kayaking to mountain hiking and meditation, Shell shares their travels and micro-adventures here on the blog. In various publications she has written for, Shell has a particular interest in promoting the wellbeing and many benefits of nature therapy.
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