As we approach a year of being in and out of national lockdowns due to the Covid-19 pandemic, here, Priti Surendran, Assistant Practitioner in our Camden Early Intervention Service writes a letter to herself – reflecting on the past year and reassuring herself that better times are coming.
“2020 has been a tough year for you; perhaps the toughest yet. We took a lot of things for granted without knowing that our lives were going to change drastically in a matter of days.
2021 is going to be a better year, only if you believe in it. Even though the restrictions due to the pandemic are going to last a little longer, don’t be disheartened and take that as an excuse to not strive for a better version of yourself. You’ve been trying to overcome everything that has happened during the last months as best you can. You just need to make sure you don’t let yourself fall.
Prioritise your mental and physical health over everything else. Take care of yourself, learn to own your space, but allow yourself to lean on another’s shoulders when you feel like you need it (something I struggle with).
It’s understandable to be scared and uncertain of what’s going to happen next. Take slow, but steady steps. I know you are capable of achieving everything you want. Believe in yourself and believe in the fact that better times are coming. We are going to hug and kiss our family and friends very soon.
Give yourself some time, be patient. Reassure yourself. Be generous at the most profound levels of loving, which is to love and accept yourself.
Hold on a little longer, you can do it.”
Thank you, Priti, for letting us share this beautiful and honest letter.
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