Normally, ringing in the new year is an exciting time that represents endless hope and possibility, and the start of a new chapter in your life. But after the hardship and stress of 2020, many of us may be feeling deflated, nervous, and even pessimistic about facing an uncertain 2021.
Unfortunately, having an ongoing, negative mindset can have far-reaching consequences on how you engage with life, as well as your physical and emotional wellbeing. That is why it’s essential to do what you can to adopt healthy mind habits and start 2021 with your best foot forward.
Express your feelings
We’ve all encountered unprecedented challenges in the past year due to the global pandemic of COVID-19. From dealing with the isolation and loneliness that comes with social distancing, to financial hardship, and feelings of anxiety over an uncertain future—2020 took its toll.
For the sake of your mental health, it is important that you don’t keep these negative, unhappy feelings bottled up inside. Talking to a friend or seeking professional help can assist you to process your feelings, and make negative emotions feel less intense. If you’re not comfortable talking to anyone face-to-face yet, keeping a journal can be an alternative outlet to express your emotions.
Try out mindfulness
In a nutshell, mindfulness is a mind-body approach that helps people manage their thoughts, feelings and mental health. Mindfulness exercises are ways of paying attention to the present moment, using techniques like meditation, breathing, and yoga. Many people practise mindfulness to cope with anxiety and stress, centre their emotions, and achieve peace of mind.
Mindfulness is recommended for people experiencing emotional challenges as well as those who want to improve their overall health and wellbeing. So, if you haven’t tried it already, give some focused breathing or non-judgemental listening a try as a way to shift your outlook and start 2021 feeling your best.
Surround yourself with positive people
This might sound like a no-brainer, but if you’d like to position yourself in a positive mindset going into the new year, it’s important to be around people who are also positive. When you spend time with people who think negatively and have a pessimistic outlook, this can end up distorting your perceptions on life too.
Whether there’s a mentor at work who inspires you and is excited about your future, or friends whose company invigorates you, surround yourself with individuals who exude positivity, and you’ll find your own emotions lifted.
Detox from social media
Social media has forever changed the way we consume information and connect with people. While there’s been huge benefits of these platforms, including helping us feel closer to our loved ones wherever they are in the world, there’s also been downsides. We can feel overwhelmed and depressed by a consistent flow of bad news that feels inescapable.
Thanks to social media, we can also engage in unhealthy behaviours like pouring over an ex-partners feed or harshly comparing our lives to the picture-perfect images we see of our friends. Together, this can have a very harmful impact on our mindset. That’s why it’s a great idea to try a social media detox, where you deactivate your social media channels for a set period of time. It’s a fantastic opportunity to clear your mind, take stock, and appreciate what really matters to you as you take on the new year.