Written by Valiant Living Recovery on Sunday, December 6th, 2020
New Year’s Eve is typically when everyone thinks about the great things that happened over the past year. Last year, millions of people planned for a wonderful, productive 2020. No one could have predicted just how unusual and challenging the year ended up being.
COVID-19 interfered with most people’s daily activities, such as eating at restaurants, shopping in stores, and traveling. Many people experienced job loss, financial hardship, and the dilemma of how to continue their children’s schooling. As the pandemic continues to dominate headlines and disrupt everyday living and socializing, many wonder just what 2021 has in store for them.
While it’s understandable to want to brace yourself for how challenging the new year may be. At the same time, we all have the power to adjust our attitudes enough to increase our positivity. It takes a concerted effort and time to retrain our brains to look for the good things that are happening. This type of action is well worth it as we wait for the challenges to pass.
Even if you have to social distance, do not socially isolate. Keep regular contact via telephone, text, or video chatting with loved ones. Make a special effort to spend time with people who are also doing their best to remain positive and do their part to speed up a return to a pre-pandemic life.
Add new habits to help foster a positive attitude. Keep a gratitude journal. Write a list of things you’ll do when being socially active is safer, such as favorite restaurants you’ll frequent first or a theme park or camping site you’ll visit. Learning to meditate or do yoga can help a person stay focused on a positive mindset. Remember, you have the power to choose what you focus on as you move into the new year.
This year has been full of negative events, with unique effects that have rippled throughout the world. It’s natural to wonder what the new year has in store for you, but we all have a choice about whether or not we make time to focus on positive things, too. At Valiant Living, we understand how to treat people suffering from addiction and co-occurring mental health issues. At our men-only facility located in the Denver area, we can help you learn to believe in yourself and make 2021 a positive beginning of your new life. Call us today to find out how we can help! (303) 952-5035