If there’s anything the pandemic has taught me, it’s the importance of letting go. So much of last year felt out of our control, so I’ve been working on making peace with that. Like many of you, I’ve been struggling to juggle work, child care, virtual schooling, and the mental load of keeping everyone healthy. It’s been overwhelming, and I’ve found myself quelling my anxiety with things that end up making me feel worse instead of better.
At this time of year, when everyone is making New Year’s resolutions, it’s easy to feel pressure to take on more, but taking on more has never felt less appealing – or healing. So what if we do the opposite?
This time, I’ve decided I’m taking only what I need into 2021. And I’m starting by stripping away the things I’ve realized I no longer need in my life. Here is what I’m saying goodbye to and leaving behind in 2020. What about you?
There’s been plenty of discussion about kids’ increased screen time during the pandemic, but parents’ screen time has increased as well (mine definitely has!) That ends now. I’m determined to say no to my phone on the weekends. I’d rather spend that time doing fun things with my kids than worrying about the latest trending topic.
I’ve been eating and drinking a lot during the pandemic. Being indulgent is fine, but I want to be aware of why I’m really reaching for that cupcake or cocktail. One way I reset a bit was by doing a three-day Alchemy juice cleanse. I love that the company’s juices make my body feel healthy and strong, and that they are made with 100% organic fruits and vegetables. And since I know stress is a trigger for me to reach for something less-than-healthy, I’ve been trying to walk away for a bit when I get overwhelmed. Never overestimate the appeal of a silent room (or closet!) when you share your home with three kids and two dogs.
Before the world shut down, I used to run around like a crazy person trying to do everything I was asked—even if I didn’t really want to. Being forced to stay home and slow down made me reevaluate what I want to prioritize in my life. After things get back to “normal”, I want to keep focusing on saying no, whether that is relationships that aren’t making me happy or work commitments that don’t make sense.
In the end, I just want to be more mindful of what I put into my body and invite into my life. Daily walks, time with my family, and space to just be are definitely all coming with me into the new year.
What are you leaving behind in 2021….and what are you taking with you?