A myriad of emotions and an amalgamation of thoughts flood our minds as we step into 2021. 2020 was a challenging year. For a majority of us, it didn’t go as we planned. While some of us lost our jobs, many graduated online; many lost their near and dear ones. No doubt 2020 was a year full of struggles and hardships, but it also taught us to be more resilient and to take care of and prioritize our mental health.
But with so much uncertainty around us in 2020, how does one remain hopeful in 2021?
Wish we had a crystal ball that would tell us the future, but sadly it doesn’t exist. So we must enter this year with positivity and optimism. A positive attitude will push us forward, encourage us to do better and help us overcome any obstacle that we face. It will motivate us to work
towards our dreams and goals and achieve more than we expect. 2020 has taught us that no matter how we advance in different areas of life, we will never have full control over everything around us, and thus we must learn to adapt. One thing we can change is our attitude and approach to life. So here are a few things you can do to be optimistic and hopeful this year:
1.Start your day with a positive affirmation
How you start your day sets a tone for the rest of your day. Saying positive affirmations such as, “today will be a good day” or “I believe in myself” will help you begin your day on a positive note.
2. Keep a gratitude journal
Journaling about things, people or situations that you’re grateful helps to reduce stress and increase optimism. It will help you focus on the positive aspects of your life.
3. Practice positive self-talk
Be as kind to yourself as you would be to your loved one. Replace self-judgments and criticisms with self-compassion and positive affirmations.
4. Practice Mindfulness exercises
Practicing mindfulness routinely will help you to be mindful of your thoughts and emotions.
Research shows that mindfulness significantly correlates to positive affect, life satisfaction and overall well-being. (Sin and Lyubomirsky, 2009)
5. Practice Solitude
One good thing that the pandemic has taught us is that we must focus on ourselves as well. No doubt humans are social beings, and many of us love to be around other people, it is crucial to take a break from everyone and spend some alone time once in a while. Have some ‘me’ time. You can do whatever you want in this time- practice yoga/meditate, draw something, read a book or even lie down in a park soaking the warm winter sun.
So bring on a positive 2021 by not only practicing the aforementioned but also committing to self-care, healthy eating habits, quality sleep, prioritizing self and, valuing and appreciating relationships. While the pandemic has been challenging for all of us, we must continue to be
positive and believe that we will get through this time. So be positive, be safe and don’t test positive.