There is no one who has not experienced pain, challenge and suffering in 2020. In fact, the epidemic, the BLM movement, the disturbing political chaos and even the “social dilemma” have manifested intense inequality in people’s situation.
While for some the quarantine may be a welcome opportunity to slow down and do mental arithmetic, for many it has been a stressful and frightening experience.
However, it also created a huge opportunity for all of us to improve our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health in 2021 so that you can reset, start over and recreate the life you have always wanted.
Here are 3 powerful strategies to ignite your life and get started:
1. We can choose to suffer or grow. The choice is in your hands.
For a moment, put aside the craving for mass vaccinations or another quick fix solution to make your life feel normal again.
Instead, focus on what you learned in 2020 about yourself, what is important to you, and what the year 2020 has illuminated for you about where you might get stuck, or what you need to learn. When you write these lists and outline the topics or patterns you notice, it will change your focus lens and shed light on how you can grow from the experience.
In the end, 2020 might just be exactly what you needed to see what it was that you previously did not want or could not identify. This will allow you to jump instead of crawling to your 2021 goals.
And when you have a perspective that life is happening to you, and not you, you are capable of choosing thoughts, habits and behaviors that support your vision, and allow you to achieve your goals in a way that feels flowing (as opposed to just laying your head down and trying to move power).
2. Find your center and connect to it consistently to find inner peace.
Everything that happens in your life can be stressful, especially when things are unexpected knowing that change can make you feel out of control and overwhelmed.
When this happens, the internal auditor in your head can distribute a collection of “need” and shaming messages. In order to manage the resulting chronic stress, set the intention to learn how to find the place of your inner calm and balance.
According to research at the Center for Healthy Brains, scientists have proven the effectiveness of your brain training to block the negative effects that acute stress has on behavior and cognitive abilities.
Things like breath awareness, kind meditations, gratitude exercises and focused memory / attention conditions are presented as creating resilience and can bring you back to a state of inner peace.
Learning specific strategies for finding your center and then creating consistent practice where you build these habits can allow you to naturally learn how to live from a place of peace, tranquility and joy regardless of external circumstances.
Create a community to give and receive support
Recent research shows that a strong social support network is essential to help you get through the stress of challenging experiences happening in your life. Also, lack of social support can lead to isolation, anxiety and loneliness.
With a decline in our ability to access social connections, 2020 was a challenging year in terms of social isolation and loneliness.
For your reset, create a new focus on finding emotionally supportive relationships. With fewer opportunities to go out and socialize, it is important that you devote more time and attention to cultivating stronger relationships that feel closer to home.
Create a new community Increase your sense of security, safety and well-being. Practice being vulnerable in the community to create a true connection. In addition, community participation can also provide opportunities to provide support that will reduce feelings of isolation.
Remember, true emotional support and intimacy are not the same as texting all day or scrolling for hours on your apps or social media accounts. Instead, create a support center around you so that you have a psychological and emotional place where you feel safe, visible and valued for who you are.
Each of these strategies requires conscious choice and taking personal responsibility for what your heart longs for. And most often, requires a committed inner journey.
When you realize that there is a possibility at every moment in life, even the most painful ones, you will wake up in a year from now to realize that you have worked to create a life of meaning beyond your wildest dreams that will serve your heart. Passion long after the plague became a moment in history.