A global pandemic, political chaos, protests around the world fighting against racism, wildfires and more, all in one year. No matter what you stand for, this is a lot of information to process, and now more than ever we need to find wholeness in ourselves, in a time lacking fulfilment. Most of us can probably agree that we are emotionally drained, tried, and ready for things to go to normal. But as the pandemic and political unrest continues to affect our everyday lives, it is hard to find a sense of happiness, assurance, and stability not only in our lives, but in ourselves. Although finding wholeness may seem impossible, it is possible. Start small and let me guide you through how I got my life back on track.
In July of 2020, I took a big leap of faith and quit my job as a full-time reporter for the betterment of my mental health. Being surrounded by messages of pain, destruction, and overall misery takes a toll on you. But it was not until I had to quarantine for two weeks due to exposure, that I decided enough was enough. Now I am not saying go off and quit your job by any means to live a happier and better life. What I am saying is to self-reflect on what is causing you the most stress and uncertainty in your life.
For me it was my job, for you it may be not knowing what is to come, loss of routine, quarantine weight gain (this is a real thing, I know from experience), etc… What helped me and what I believe will help you, is by first coming to terms with your new reality. Self-reflect on your discontent. Now, get up, refocus, and let’s do something about it.
New year, new me, is old news. Let’s start now, maybe you’re reading this in February, or maybe even in June; no matter when you’re reading this, I am speaking to you now. Let’s grab your life by the balls (yes, I said it), and get back on track. If you’re struggling with weight, let’s start by walking for 30 minutes every day, if you are worried about what comes next or have lost your daily routine, let’s create a planner, so you can control what happens next. Start small, it’s not a sprint, it is a marathon.
And while you are on track to taking your life back. Remember to take time for yourself. Turn off your phone and drown out the noise. Take time to enjoy something you are passionate about, like reading, taking a bath, painting, drinking wine, etc… There is a lot of unwanted noise in the world, especially in the day and age we live in, so take time to heal your mind and your body.