Somehow just like that we’re almost at the end of another year and it’s safe to say that 2021 didn’t go as planned for anyone. Just when things were looking better, things turned upside down again. While many had hoped 2021 would go better by the middle of 2021 it was clear that it was turning out much the same as 2021. People are still isolated from their loved ones, there’s been protests about vaccines and Covid and it seems that whenever you turn on the news there is yet another depressing story.
Even though 2021 wasn’t the best year it’s still important to reflect on and allow yourself to process the year and all that happened. There are many ways we can do this including:
- Writing down a list of all the positives – even in the dark moments we can find positives, we just have to know where to look. By having them written down you have a visual reminder of all the good things 2021 held.
- Write a letter to 2021 – write a letter to the year gone telling it how much it sucked but also write down all the highlights, random events and everything in between. While it can be hard to reflect on the tough parts it’s also a good reminder of what you have survived and in the coming years it can serve as a reminder.
- Ask people what their highlights and lowlights of 2021 were – it can help you get a new perspective on things. Maybe their highlight triggers a memory of something you did this year.
- Reflect with friends – maybe you don’t want to share your highlight and lowlight of 2021, but you want to talk about the year in general. Sit down with a friend and just talk about the year, let each other complain about the year but also reflect on the good.
- Let yourself feel things and cry if need be – you’re allowed to cry and grieve for the year that didn’t turn out as planned, crying is even good for you!
While it may be hard to reflect on the year especially the painful things, it can help us move forward and give us a clean slate to focus on the new year ahead.
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