The Healthy Way You Should Be Looking Back at a Year in a Pandemic


A lot of people struggle when they think about what happened to them in 2020. Last year, many people missed celebrations with family, missed socializing opportunities, and missed time spent with loved ones. They canceled vacations, graduations, dances, sports games, and all number of events that were important to them. To some people, 2020 was a year of missed opportunities and lost time, and so much more loss it’s hard to describe. Don’t be down on yourself, only looking at the loss you experienced over the past year. Dwelling can be unhealthy. Here’s another way to reflect on a year no one could’ve predicted.

Reflect on Lessons Learned

Most of us learned a whole new way of doing things in 2020. We learned how to use online meeting platforms, how to do office work from home, how to go on dates without leaving the house and how to hold a virtual birthday party. We learned how to get along with our roommates and family members when stuck together in the same house for days at a time. We learned how to wear masks and wash our hands extra well. What did you learn in 2020? How did you flex your lifestyle to meet the challenges? The lessons you learned show strength of character. These lessons will carry forward with you into the future, so you should be proud of them.

Write a List of Positive Moments

Sit down and make a list of all the positive things you can remember about the last year. Making a list of the good moments will help you remember that some good things came out of the pandemic, even in the midst of tragedy. Reflect on the good moments.

Ask Friends and Relatives to Add to the List

Are you having a hard time remembering the positive things that happened last year? Speak to a family member or friend who can help you add to your list. Not only will this help you generate ideas for your list, but you’ll have a good conversation in the process.

Looking Back Shouldn’t Stop You From Looking Forward

Sometimes looking back can be unhealthy. Instead of spending your time dwelling on what’s already happened, try looking forward and into the future. Vaccines have arrived and many people are getting their first shots. Look forward to the year to come. Let the lessons you learned in 2020 guide you as you rebuild and strengthen relationships, set new goals and keep moving forward.

About the Author: Kathryn Elwell grew up in the Midwest. She has experience in management and human resources, and has been writing on these topics and more for 12 years.

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