We can all agree that the last two years have been chaotic. Since the onset of the pandemic, life has changed us in ways we would never have dreamed of, creating an extra thick layer of skin over us, making us stronger and more resilient than before.
Now that 2021 is ending, perhaps we should take some time to step back and think of ways to rejuvenate our hearts and minds. It’s time to protect our energy and clear our minds to end the year in the healthiest way possible, and so prepare for an exciting 2022 full of opportunities.
Read a self-help or inspirational book
These types of books work magic for the mind. Especially those that include worksheets that help clear your vision. Lately, the self-help books I’ve read include The Art of Showing Up: How to Be There for Yourself and Your People by Rachel Wilkerson Miller and Setting Boundaries Will Set You Free: The Ultimate Guide to Telling the Truth, Creating Connection, and Finding Freedom by Nancy Levin. Both helped me open my mind and adjust to who I am now versus five years ago. They showed me that it’s okay to change.
Another book I also recommend is The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, which equally helped me pick myself up! Mija, you gotta check yourself before you wreck yourself!
Clean your space
There’s a saying that your mind is as clean or cluttered as your room. Our atmosphere impacts us more than we think — according to Very Well Mind, “clutter and mess is linked to negative emotions like confusion, tension, and irritability while an organized home tends to produce more positive emotions like calmness and a sense of well-being.” We’ve all gone through it: when we get stuck on a particular task because we know something else isn’t taken care of in the back of our mind, especially now as many of us are still working remotely. So, I invite you to clean your environment! It’s time to declutter our space, and the mind will surely follow.
Check on who deserves your energy
Friendships change all the time. Sometimes we tend to allow bad habits and negative talk from our loved ones simply because they’ve been in our lives for a significant time. While I’m not saying to cancel everyone, I do recommend looking into these established relationships for any red flags. At the end of the day, you should spend your energy on those who deserve it and those who elevate your mind — not drain it. The outcome may surprise you. Why stay in outdated toxic friendships? As we prepare ourselves for a brand new year, let’s also make sure we surround ourselves with people that truly want the best for us.