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Reflecting on 2020

Reflecting on 2020

Wednesday, 23 December 2020

While the new year is a time to look forward and plan ahead, December offers a chance to reflect on the year that’s gone.

Without a doubt, it’s been a tough and challenging year for many of us.

It’s completely understandable, we may focus on the toll the year has taken on our lives and plans. Missed opportunities due to social restrictions, unemployment and uncertainty about the future have led to challenging situations for young people. Some of the experiences we’ve heard about from young people this year are low mood, trouble sleeping and anxiety.

A picture of wooden bricks spelling out 2020
Even though it has been hard, you made it. Trust you can make it through 2021 and beyond!

Developing strengths

As we reflect on 2020, a year that’ll go down in the history books and be forever ingrained in our memories. It can be helpful to think about what we have gained. What did it take for you to get through this year? What have you learnt about yourself? Thinking about it you may have discovered strengths and priorities you didn’t know you had. Even though it has been hard, you made it. Trust you can make it through 2020 and beyond!

Sinead (22), a Jigsaw volunteer from Galway reflects and shares what she has learned this year.

You be you

2020 might soon be behind us. But, we still have some tough months ahead in the fight against Covid. We may feel over it and done, with fatigue well and truly set in. Do stop and  remember to be kind to yourself though. However you look after your mental health and engage in self-care, it’s about finding out what works for you.

Check out this video from our volunteers in Limerick: You do you. It’s stellar advice!

Moving into 2021, look at the bigger picture. View this current time as a speck on the complete timeline of your life.

Although it is tough, it will pass.

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