Hello again! It’s been a short while since I sat and wrote a full blog post, in all honesty I’ve been putting it off. The past year has been absolutely crazy, but 2021 doesn’t really show any signs of slowing down as of yet unfortunately! So with that in mind, I wanted to write a list of 5 things to keep in mind going into 2021 to keep yourself (at a bare minimum) sane over the next 12 months.
It’s no secret that 2020 was an emotional rollercoaster for us all, so hopefully this will help put some things into perspective and provide a sense of hope for some of you too, as it does for me.
This is particularly relevant now that working from home has become increasingly common for most of us. From the moment you wake up to the minute you settle down for bed, it’s more than likely you’ll be doing double if not triple the original workload you’re used to. I know I certainly am – it’s become such a struggle to truly switch off.
So whether it’s taking half an hour out of your day to go for a walk, listen to a podcast, or even play a couple minutes of computer games… make sure that you’re at least taking a few minutes of your day to do something that you enjoy. Don’t stress about being productive! This is time to settle down and RELAX.
I’ve struggled big time with this one. Even doing something as simple as getting dressed has started to feel like a bit of a chore. If I’m just going to sit around the house all day what’s stopping me from lounging round in oversized hoodies and pyjama bottoms all day?
Not that I’m saying you have to wear jeans on the sofa or anything! But getting showered and dressed in clean clothing each day makes all the difference. Even if it’s just a pair of clean pj’s. It’s also a great idea to try and have regular meal and bed times. I know, it sounds super juvenile right? Like, come on which responsible adult doesn’t do all of this already?! Well… Me. I don’t… and I’m not all that responsible either. Sorry about it!
The world is a rough old place to be at the moment. So in your work life, personal life, and any other capacity – don’t overwhelm yourself. Only take on what you can handle at one time, and know when to say no.
This is a truly difficult one to master, I’m a total ‘yes’ man. So I hate having to say no. But if it comes down to me being miserable and me living a more peaceful life? I know which option I’m picking every single time.
It’s not your responsibility to deal with absolutely everything all at once.
If 2020 taught me anything, it’s that not every conversation requires my personal input. Particularly in light of the Black Lives Matter movement – I learned more in those months simply from listening than I ever could have imagined! More often than not people just need you to sit back and listen to their grievances. You don’t always need to relate it to your own personal experiences – especially if they’re not necessarily relevant.
Know when to be a shoulder to cry on and when to lead the conversation.
This goes without saying now more than ever before. We’re still very much in the midst of a global pandemic, so it really should be a time where our mental & physical health is at the forefront of our minds.
No, I’m not going to sit and lecture you about getting your steps in and doing your squats – how hypocritical would that be?! But do things that make you feel good. Also wear your mask and wash your hands regularly!
I hope this has helped provide some form of clarity. It feels good for me just to have written it all down! I’ll be working quietly behind the scenes most of January, but there’s a couple of really exciting projects that I’m working on at the minute so be sure to keep an eye out for that over the next couple of weeks.
I'm Elen Mai, the brains behind Welsh Wanderer and 20-something human biology student from (you guessed it) Wales! Welsh Wanderer is designed with the eco-conscious adventurer in mind. So stick around for tips & tricks on living sustainably.