Since January was pretty strange to say the least, maybe we can officially look back in our rear view mirrors and say adios to 2020 and please don’t come back! And though we are now well into 2021 with some of the same worries, restrictions, and fears, there is something so liberating about entering a New Year. Despite all the lows that were experienced in 2020, let’s remain hopeful with a glass-half-full approach to life and take what we’ve learned from 2020 as we create new resolutions and intentions for this new year.

Let’s take a moment to reflect shall we, two thousand twenty was a year for the books, we were hit with the loss of Kobe Bryant, a world-wide health pandemic shutdown, economic downturn, forest fires throughout the West Coast, more Black lives being murdered across our country inciting world-wide protests, a historic election season, and ending with an increasing number of the lives lost due to the rising numbers of COVID cases. Now that is a mouthful and yet not everything was included. One thing is for sure, if you are reading this right now you are one resilient and surviving human being! When looking back at these events one thing is for certain, our mental health was (and still is) on overdrive. Therefore, let’s put our mental health at the forefront of this year’s resolutions!

Noble Street Social Worker, Ms. Ginnow stresses that “Healthy goals are goals that help us achieve balance and wellness in our lives. To create healthy goals, one should be specific and make sure that the goals are realistic.” In order to do this we need to create goals that are specific and measurable, but more importantly, can be done in small steps.

Below are New Year’s resolutions curated by our lessons learned in 2020 and some advice from our social workers at Noble Street College Prep. 

  1. Enjoy the small moments. Learn to take a deep breath and be in the moment. Try to clear your mind of all the worries and be present. We live in a world that is in a constant state of “go” and if we have learned anything from 2020, it is okay to slow down and be present.

 2. You can meet the storm and remain standing. Create a plan of how you will face difficult situations as they come. Perhaps you will pause, take deep breaths, and then call a loved one. Perhaps you will write down your feelings in a journal. Or maybe you will choose to reach out to someone at school like your advisor or social worker. It is important to plan ahead to be ready emotionally for whatever comes our way this year.

Noble Street College Prep
Social Workers
Corynn Ginnow & Josh Pilz

3. Get creative when the old plan doesn’t work. 2020 threw a lot of curveballs at us, but it taught us to be creative. We learned to be social, while being safe. We brought back some of our old hobbies like making puzzles, crafting, and back to reading (because we watched everything Netflix had to offer). If you are finding yourself stuck, then don’t be afraid to try something different.

4. Challenges help you see what is important. Just because it is hard does not mean it is impossible. It means you need to work a little harder and be more creative to figure it out, but remember, not all challenges need to be bad. When we accept and learn from them, they help us grow and become better.

5. Embracing change supports inner peace. It’s easy to get hung up on something when it doesn’t go as planned. However, deciding to go the other route and deciding to learn from your mistake and make changes, provides an inner peace like no other. Sometimes we get in over our heads thinking over and over (ruminating) what ‘could have been’ for hours and sometimes days. Choosing, keyword, choosing to move on will create a space in our mental health that will allow us to grow and not reminisce in what could have been. Sometimes this takes practice and help and that is OK. Reaching out to an adult that cares or your social workers is a great start.

Although 2021 has already had a rough start, with the riots at the capital, here we are – past that moment as well. Let’s embrace our challenges and let them fuel us to create a plan to remain healthy for the rest of the year. 

Written by: Kimberly Rocha, Noble Street College Prep

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