Take a deep breath in.
It’s been a big year. 2020 has thrown some of the biggest curveballs to every aspect of our lives and as the year is nearing a close, some elements have returned to ‘normal’ while others remain uncertain and challenging. Now we look to Christmas in the coming weeks… so how are you feeling?
We don’t know what 2021 holds but if there’s one thing we’ve learned this year, it’s that anything is possible!
We wanted to take a moment to encourage you that there are always opportunities on the other side of redundancy and even in a difficult job market, people are still being hired and promoted. Recruitment is ultimately about people. While we work to find candidates for clients and clients for candidates, we know the people we work with are human beings. You have families, lives, interests, fears, and dreams and we don’t want to look past that. In the midst of isolation, economic down-turn, crazy headlines, border closures and so much more, we can often feel like we have to put our heads down and just keep going. But, by the end of the year, we can be worn out emotionally, mentally, and physically.
That’s why we sourced some simple reflection questions from several experts in mental health to look over in your downtime leading up to Christmas. Reflect on one of them or all of them, but we highly recommend taking the time to check in with yourself and take stock of what the year has been. Good, bad, and downright weird.
- What am I grateful for this year?
- Have I been getting quality sleep with regular bedtimes and getting up times?
- What’s my favourite self-care activity?
- What have I learned is most important/valuable to me this year?
- Do I have more worries or anxiety than usual? Maybe use a scale of 1-10.
- What has caused me joy this week?
- Have I lost interest in activities and pursuits that usually held my attention?
- Have I felt more happy or sad lately?
- Do I feel at ease with myself and my surroundings?
- Do I have trouble concentrating?
- Have I been experiencing significant mood swings, crying, or thoughts of suicide?
- Am I overly fatigued or tired at the end of the day? How about at the end of the week?
- Has my appetite or eating habits changed in any way recently?
- Am I happy in my relationships?
- What’s a new skill I’ve learned recently, either personally or professionally?