Making the Most of the Last 2 Months of 2020
So, we have 2 months left. It’s just been announced that 1 of those months is going to be in lockdown (if you’re in England). This year has been CRAZY. From wildfires, to mass protests, to a global pandemic. We’ve seen it all and the US Presidential Election hasn’t even happened yet. It’s very unlikely that when the clock strikes midnight on December 31st this is all going to go away. Unfortunately, 2021 is going to be hard too. However, we have 2 months left and we can do our best to make the most of it!
(1) Revisit your New Year’s Resolutions
Whether you wrote them down or not, you most likely had some goals at the beginning of this year. Maybe they were academic or career based, or centred around relationships, or personal growth. Maybe you wanted to join the gym. Whatever your goals were, identify them.
Now, ask yourself – did I achieve this? If not, why? Was it because of COVID restrictions? Was it out of your control? Is it still achievable in the next few months? If you haven’t achieved it, and you’re not going to be able to, let it go and move on. It’s okay to not meet your goals, especially at a time like this. If you have met your goals, well done!
(2) Reminisce on each month
Try and remember something great from each month. List the things you have been grateful about even in times like this. Did you find a great new TV show? Did you reconnect with friends and family via video calling? Did you dedicate your time to a hobby? Did you catch up on much-needed rest? Whatever you have spent the past 10 months doing, it is valid and you should be proud of getting through it.
What I’m Grateful For in 2020 So Far…
January – starting a new uni term & seeing my friends after Winter Break
February – turning 19 & celebrating with my lovely friends & boyfriend <3
March – visiting Dubai to spend spring break with my family
April – being able to stay in Dubai when Term 3 was cancelled & celebrating my 1 year anniversary <3
May – dyed my hair with my little sister
June – so. much. good. food. (restaurants started opening up!)
July – did a staycation in a beautiful hotel with my family!
August – went go-karting & pierced my nose
September – tested negative for COVID & flew back to the UK after 6 months! moved into my new studio flat <3
October – started the new year!
(3) Make new goals
What can you realistically hope to achieve in the next two months? Keep the restrictions in mind and make some plans for how you want to spend your time. Even if you are still working / studying during the lockdown, what would you like to achieve through this?
Also, what are you hoping to do in the New Year? Although it’s a bit early to think about New Year’s Resolutions, and we also don’t know what the situation with COVID will be like, it’s never to early to think: what do I want my 2021 to look like?
(4) Reach Out
Winter months are always the hardest. The weather is cold, it’s dark outside, and Christmas might be cancelled. Therefore, you are sometimes going to have to make a conscious effort to reach out to family and friends when you need them, or when you feel like they need you. Make a video call, send them a card, send them a message to brighten up their day. Just spread some love!
(5) Treat Yourself (& support businesses)!
A second lockdown is going to be hard on everyone. However, you are still allowed to order yourself little self-care gifts or order takeaways under the new rules, and not only will this make you feel good but it will be immensely important for local businesses who are struggling. If you’re unable to do this, that’s fine! See if you can find a way to treat yourself on a budget, anything from a chocolate bar to a little face mask.
(6) LEAVE. YOUR. HOUSE.
Cannot stress this one enough, try to get out of the house!! Walk to the grocery store, walk down the street, get some fresh air and a view of something other than your desk and your bed. As far as the restrictions are now, I believe you are still allowed to leave to do exercise outdoors and even if you don’t want to exercise, please just walk and breathe and see the outside world because it makes a huge amount of difference.
Whatever you choose to do for the last 2 months, just make sure it makes you happy. Stay safe <3