2020 has really been a lot for everyone across the globe and it has been hard to take mentally.
March 23rd was the day that the UK officially went into lockdown and was a day that nobody saw coming. It was a tough period for some and most definitely an unexpected period for all; whether you’re looking after yourself, your family or even your business, it was, and still is, hard for all. The most common issues affecting wellbeing were worry about the future (63%), feeling stressed or anxious (56%) and feeling bored (46%). Statistics via health.org
Right at the beginning of this lockdown period I saw an image that detailed how if you don’t start something, or learn a new skill, or come out with more knowledge then you have wasted your time in this lockdown period. Even though we didn’t agree with this image, we still thought it was amazing seeing people start and do different things to help themselves whether it was just having fun with TikTok, game nights via zoom or using their social media for their own personal excitement and expression.
Call it what you will but all of a sudden a ‘second pandemic’ came around and the racism, injustice and inequality that black lives have been experiencing for years has only became a reality to some through the unfortunate, unjust and uncalled for killing of George Floyd and many other like him. Every single time we scrolled through social media we saw triggers of some of the cruel acts of injustice happening throughout the world, lives being lost due to the virus and the crisis that have hit places like Yemen.
2020 has really been a lot for everyone across the globe and it has been hard to take mentally. We wanted to use this post to serve as a reminder, or a little push, to begin and/or continue looking after your mental health and do what YOU need to do for the betterment of your health.
There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach when it comes to looking after your mental health and it can be unique to every individual. Some of the ways could be finding out what your top love languages are and doing them for yourself, booking some time off work so that you can wake up at any time you like during the week and do what makes you happy for a few days, booking a session with a therapist or counsellor if you want to talk to someone and offload. As long as you are prioritising your mental health that is the important thing, and if you have the capacity to, you could try and help someone else who you have noticed has had a hard time whether they have spoken up or not.
What we’re trying to say is that it’s important to listen to your body and not what others are saying or doing. We don’t know what the rest of 2020 will look like but we want for the lives of people to be improved in the best ways possible, so we urge you to look after yourself and your mental health. How you feel internally is just as, if not more, important than how you look or portray yourself externally, so look after yourself and support others wherever you can in 2020.
I’m here to tell you that, throughout 2020 try to:
- Look after your mental health
- Look back and be GRATEFUL you made it through
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