Reverse New Years Resolutions 2021 (#WritingFriday)

Here is a list of Reverse New Years Resolutions, so things that I want to release from my life in 2021:

Caring about what others think

I think this is one of the hardest things you could possibly do, but also one of the healthiest. I have been working on this ever since a time during my exchange year, where caring too much about other people’s opinions and approvals made me lose myself and made me lose sight of what I value and stand for, so I ended up pretty broken and unhappy. Even today, I sometimes catch myself putting this mask back on and just pretending for a few minutes. I want to work even harder towards my dreams and eliminate people with a negative mindset out of my life!

Comparing myself to others

This is another thing that we all do in a conscious or unconscious way and that has very damaging side effects in the long run. One time I became so obsessed with another person on social media that I started to believe in an unrealistic ideal of beauty and made me literally hate myself. Scrolling through her pictures on Instagram became a daily routine and I seriously started thinking about how I could be like her. Look like her. Talk like her. It eventually became so toxic for me that I had to delete Instagram for a while and open my eyes to the world around me to realize that I didn’t even want to look like her. That I liked the way I look. The way I talk. I fell back in love with my life and found my balance again. In 2021, I want to keep this inner peace and balance because it makes me so much happier and it’s the healthiest thing that ever happened to me!

Anxiety

This was by far the worst part of 2020 for me! After I had to leave the United States due to the virus, I started feeling anxious and under constant pressure. I eventually had to deal with some mild panic attacks and almost had to throw up many times because I was so anxious. It felt like I was drowning! I stayed in my room the entire time and was constantly alone with my (at the time very dark) thoughts. I didn’t know what to do or how to get out of that down spiral. Eventually, I fought my way back into my life and even though it was so hard and incredibly exhausting, I am so proud of myself for getting out of my own prison! I’m a lot better now, but sometimes I still feel like I’m drowning and in 2021 I just want to keep my head above the water and swim! ( I know great metaphor haha )

Limiting Beliefs or „Hell Sentences“

Last, but not least, I want to stop my limiting beliefs or „hell sentences“ as some might say because they keep you from reaching your full potential and chasing your dreams, as corny as it sounds. We need to stop thinking these sentences like „I can’t do it!“, „I am not good/smart/pretty enough!“, „Why am I even trying? It won’t work anyways!“ and so on, in order to change our mindset towards the positive and to believe in ourselves. I strongly believe that nobody was meant to do anything. I believe that we chose what we want to do and who we want to be every single day, so please (!!) give your dreams a glance of reality.

Thanks for reading all the way down here, it really means a lot to me!

Sending you lots of strength to eliminate these things out of your life,

Hannah


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