20 things I learned in 2020

This post idea is completely inspired by wellness by soph’s, “19 things I learned in 2019”.

I feel like we are all trying to forget that 2020 existed/happened, due to the unfortunate situation it put our world in (thanks COVID), but I think it is really important to look back and see what lessons I learned in such a tough year. 

So here we are, 20 things I learned in the year 2020. 

  1. quality time with yourself is crucial. spending some moments alone can be so beneficial to your mental health. 
  2. it is ok to have an unproductive day, regardless of what you have going on in your life. 
  3. check in on your friends and family. we all crave love and attention. 
  4. fresh air does wonders for anxiety/anxious days. whether it is beautiful and sunny, or dark and gloomy, a breath of fresh air helps immensely. 
  5. pay attention to who you give your time and energy to. make sure you get what you give. 
  6. put a towel in the dryer before you shower. there is no cozier feeling.
  7. you don’t need to go out or spend money to have fun. 
  8. stretch every single day. seriously, your body and mind will be so grateful.
  9. drink your water! i know this is so annoying to constantly hear, but it is so beneficial.
  10. never feel guilty for relaxing and watching a movie or TV show
  11. it is ok to say no! this doesn’t need much of an explanation, if you don’t want to do something, just say no.
  12. be careful with what you are reading/consuming. consistently reading and watching news that is telling you about the state of the world can be incredibly draining. 
  13. social media is full of highlight reels. stop comparing your bad day to someone’s good day that you see on instagram. everyone has bad days, but they only post when things are good. 
  14. taking the time to make yourself a good cup of tea or coffee can be a real mood booster.
  15. life is too short to compare yourself to other people. we all do things at our own pace, and that is ok. 
  16. you don’t need to order food all the time. find recipes on pinterest that sound yummy to you, and make them. 
  17. material items do not equal happiness. buying something new might put you in a good mood, but do not associate having new things with happiness. quality over quantity always. 
  18. try new things, even if you think you won’t like it, or if it scares you. you never know when you might discover a new passion.
  19. food is not an enemy. do not torture yourself for eating something that might impact your calorie consumption. it is about balance. 
  20. as soon as this pandemic is declared as being over, do all the things you dreamed of doing, but couldn’t. book that plane ticket, move to that city, sign up for that course. get out of your own way and just do it. 

I’m sure there are so many other things I could add to this list, but these are the most important takeaways to me. While 2021 has been pretty similar to 2020 so far, I can’t wait to see what lessons this year will bring to me 🙂

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