It is finally 2022! We made it through yet another year with the core of it being the Covid-19 Pandemic. If you had asked me at the beginning of the Pandemic in 2020, or even as it began to arise in China at the very end of 2019, if I thought it would last well into 2022, I would have laughed in your face and say ‘definitely not’. Oh, how wrong would I have been.
With Christmas and New Year out of the way, it is now time to focus on the world and get back into the rhythm of work or school. It is going to be strange going back to university in a few days, after a month of being at home. Nonetheless I’m excited to go back and get into a new routine again with a fresh start in a new term. This term will be hard, as I always find that January and February are the real gritty months of the year, with all the cold, dark mornings and not a lot to be excited for with Christmas having gone by. This means that this month more than ever mental health matters.
With the threat of another lockdown (please Boris, no) and the cold temperatures, we need to prioritise ourselves at the start of this new year. Hopefully this year will be full of happiness and good news, rather than Covid, Covid, Covid. I am sure we are all fed up of hearing about it. So manifest a good year! If you don’t want to be stuck in the loop of thinking a lockdown is inevitable and that this will be another hard year to get through, change it. Also, try not to think of each day as ‘getting through’. This way, we just waste our days, waiting for the next best thing to come along. It is a part of our human ways, more so in the Western world, to just wish away days, the clock ticking, waiting for Friday or a special event coming up in two weeks, months, however long. I understand that especially in January through to the end of February this feeling will be seen a lot more. Let’s change that.
If you start to feel like you are wasting your days, wishing them away, try and add something into each day that you look forward to, taking time for yourself to do your favourite things. Like going to your favourite coffee shop, or watching your favourite show. Try not to get caught in the loop of not enjoying your days because they are “boring” or there’s nothing to excite you in them. Mix it up and do something new.
This is something that I hope people try out as we begin the new year. Not as a NY resolution (as I don’t agree with them), but rather as simply something to start doing just because you can. Don’t wait for Monday or the start of the month (or year in this case), start now. Change up your days and make them more special for nobody except yourself. Make yourself excited to wake up and start the day rather than treating it as another day to get through before your birthday next week or the dinner date you have planned at the end of the week.
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