Who’s in need of a little life reset? I know I definitely need one. Maybe you got burned out (remote burnout is real), or you might feel stuck (or even pushed back). We usually do a life re-evaluation and reset when a new year is about to begin. However, 2020 has been quite special. Most of us might feel like 2020 calls for a hard reset, ASAP. I mean, come on.
While we cannot undo the negative things that have happened in the past couple of months, we can take stock of what is happening right now and reposition ourselves and our mindset to take the future head on. A life reset is an opportunity to reassess our lives and maybe do some introspection. For me, there are two ways to do this reset – external and internal. You can do just one, or both. Either way, I hope this helps you jump-start the rest of the year.
Of the two, this type of reset might be the relatively easier one to tackle. Here, we look at our physical environment and needs. Below are some ways on how to reset your external space. You don’t have to do everything, but hopefully one or two tips can be helpful.
1. Give yourself time to unplug. Social media and the news can feed our anxiety and negativity. We can all use some time off from all of that, even if it’s just for a day. Plus points if you can go out and spend some time in nature (while socially distancing).
2. Declutter and clean up your space (of course I had to include this). A tidy environment can foster a clearer mind and increase your focus.
3. Take a look at your finances and re-adjust if needed. This is especially true if you have decreased or lost a source of income. Review your expenses and see how to reallocate your budget.
4. Do something good for your body – whether it be meal prepping, adding a bit more exercise to your daily routine, doing a face and hair mask, or sneak in a little bit more sleep if you need to. Aside from our mental and emotional health, our stress can manifest physically so give your body a little TLC.
This one takes a little bit more self-awareness and reflection. I find that writing down my thoughts and journaling can help with this. Again, you don’t have to do all of these, but maybe one or two tips can help.
1. Audit your habits. Being stuck at home can make you lose some of the good habits that you once had. A little bit of awareness can go a long way. Perhaps if you see your habits (or lack of) objectively, then you can restart incorporating some of the good habits that have slipped during the last couple of months.
2. Take a good look at your work. It might actually be a good time to check in on your career. Do you see yourself doing your work for the long term? Do you feel happy and fulfilled? Spoiler alert: Unpopular opinion coming up. Note that you do not have to love your job. Even if you’re not super passionate about it, if it’s something that caters to your priorities (more on that in a bit), then I believe that it’s totally fine.
3. Reevaluate your relationships. It’s quite funny how the pandemic has had me reconnect with old friends that I haven’t spoken to in decades, and it felt like we just picked up where we left off. Some relationships might have just sort of faded, and that’s okay too. The depth of the relationships that you have with different people is a spectrum and it will vary. What’s important is to just take a look if you have been giving importance to the correct ones.
4. Check your priorities. It’s an opportunity to check in on your values and what’s important to you. We have been in auto-pilot for most of our lives, and this pandemic has forced us to slow down. Take this time to hit the brakes and look at your life and how you’re living it. Are you giving your time and effort to the things that your heart deems as most important?
5. Set (or adjust) a goal. Yes, like most people, my plans and goals for 2020 have been thrown out the window. That’s okay though. Cut yourself some slack. Instead of beating yourself up, try to be flexible and think of new goals that look a bit more feasible, and give yourself something to work towards.
How do you push your reset button? Let me know!