New Year 2021

Happy new year to one and all!

A very different feeling to the beginning of a new year this year.

Usually at this time, I would be promoting a new year, new me type of thing. But with lockdown 3 upon us it is difficult to feel like beginning anew. We are living through the greatest challenge to our health and society in our living memories. The last year has been tough, exceptionally tough on many.

Covid-19 has touched all our lives in some way, either directly or indirectly. Many of us have been hit with the virus or have watched family or friends suffer through it. And sadly, too many have lost loved ones. Healthcare and other essential workers are risking their health for the rest of us every single day. The majority of us are feeling isolated, missing the connections with other people we have always taken for granted. Jobs have been lost; businesses are struggling or have failed.

Right now, it feels like it will never end. But it will end. Hope is on the horizon with the roll out of the vaccine. It might get worse before it gets better, but it will get better. We just have to wait it out.

So what can we do? Most importantly we need to follow the public health guidelines and stay at home. Wash our hands, social distance and wear a mask when we have to go out for essential reasons. Each of us must live as if we are infected and protect those we come into contact with accordingly.

We can also make the decision to try and look after ourselves as best we can to protect our mental and physical health. Create a routine each day, get up, get dressed (even if its only into clean pyjamas!), eat well and exercise. Its important to limit the amount of news and social media we expose ourselves to. It is addictive and the constant checking of the numbers and can quickly become overwhelming, causing more worry and anxiety.

It can be difficult to see positives in the year gone by, but one thing this year has given many of us is the time and space to reassess our lives and what is important to us. For myself, I am grateful to have spent more time with my family. At ages 9 and 22, I feel blessed to have had so much of this year at home with my children. Almost losing my business has made me realise how much I love what I do and that I want to fight to keep it going. The support from my friends while my family were self isolating made me appreciate them in a new way. The way my community pulled together to help the vulnerable members has made me realise how lucky I am to live among them.

This new year, resolutions are low on many priority lists. The main concern is to get through this safely. However, we can all make some small changes that will help our wellbeing without causing extra stress.

Suggestions for week 1 of 2021:

  • Exercise by getting out for a 30 minute walk every day
  • Drink more water and less tea, coffee and alcohol
  • Take a vitamin D supplement
  • Limit social media time
  • Stay at home as much as possible

“To lose patience is to lose the battle.” — Mahatma Gandhi

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