What a YEAR!!!

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What a Year 2020 has been!!

For many of us, we will be glad to see the end of this CRAZY year!!

But was 2020 as bad as we thought is was??

Yes sadly COVID did take over the world, and unfortunately many people lost their lives. But it did force many of us to "Pause and Reset"!!

If you really think about it, when was the last time you stopped and did nothing??

Probably NEVER!!

But COVID did force many of us to stop and for some longer than they expected. And for many this impacted their mental health. So let's go over the Pros and Cons to COVID, how it impacted our lives and mental health. 

Let's start with the Con's or the Negative impact of COVID.. 

1. Isolation: It was hard, especially for those living on their own, missing their loved ones and not having "physical touch" was extremely tough. For those sharing a house with friends or family, this was also very challenging. Spending 24 hours together, day in and day out, was not a good thing. Especially if you are someone who likes your own company occasionally. And of course "Social Events"I can truly say that I have only been to the movies two times this year and one concert. I love being around people, it feeds my energy and in 2020 that all came crashing down and it took a terrible toll on my mental health. I struggled, and I know that many others did as well. The impact on our everyday lives was hard, and not being able to come and go as we please, well it sucked big time!!

2. The "Unknown: When is this going to end, none of us truly know when or how long COVID is going to be around. The only hope seems to be a Vaccination, but is it actually going to work. None of us know, and then there is the conspiracy theories and the constant who is to blame. I don't know about you, but I hate watching the news as it is all doom and gloom and there seems to be no answers to any of the questions we are asking. Everywhere we go, it is the topic of conversation and then just when things seem to be going back to some kind of normal life... Wham Bam, it is back and the "unknown" is ruling our life AGAIN. 

3. Mental Health: As expected, Covid has led to a significant impact on our mental health, many of us are worried about our friends and family getting infected. Our jobs, financial troubles, and the uncertainty of our lives has caused increased anxiety and depression. According to Beyond Blue, calls for help went up by 50% in the first lockdown, and unfortunately, no one knows what the long term effects of COVID will be on our mental health. 

The Pro's or as I like to say..

"Living life with Positivity" 

Yep, there is no denning that the negative impacts on COVID are not good, but surely there is a ray of sunshine in all this sadness. 

1. Isolation: When was the last time you actually stopped, sat around and did nothing. For many people, myself included, we are constantly on the go and we never take the time to stop and smell the roses, to be in the moment, to be present. COVID forced many of us to do that, to have some quality time with our family, friends and with ourselves. For myself personally, COVID gave me the opportunity to reflect on my life, it reminded me of what is important and allowed me to have the time to work on my goals and make positive changes in my life. And for that, I am truly grateful. 

2. The "Unknown": It is scary not knowing, but we cannot change what has happened. We just need to live in the moment and be as safe as we can be and hope for the best. Living in fear of the "unknown" is not living. We cannot predict what is going to happen, we cannot change what is going to happen. All we can do is live our best life and be grateful for what we do have. Life is meant to be lived, let's just go out and live it the best way we can. By being "HAPPY"!

3. Mental Health: Once we let the fear take over, it will effect our mental and our physical health, and COVID has effected everyone's mental health. The truth is that it is up to us to take control of our own mental wellbeing, to find the tools that can support positive changes in our everyday life. And many people have embraced mindfulness or reached out when they needed to talk. It has highlighted the importance of looking after our mental wellbeing, to being strong enough to say "I am not Ok, and for this reason I think that 2020 has been a wake up call that some people needed to realise the importance of their mental health.

As we head into 2021, let's learn to be grateful for what we have. Love those who are important to us and live life the best we can and be HAPPY!

Bring on 2021!!

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Jo's goal is to empower people to take control of their own mental wellbeing through movement and mindfulness techniques, and to help put The “ZEN” back into their Zone!


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