The Great Disconnect

By Sonja Gregory

With 2020 in the rearview mirror, we’re looking forward with hope to the new year ahead. How can we make it what we want it to be—something better than the year we just finished up? We need a plan. So many things are out of our control, and that can lead to a feeling of stressful hopelessness. We’ve all either experienced that ourselves or know someone who is dealing with depression or sadness. It’s not wrong to be sad, in fact it might just be good to acknowledge it and then…move ahead with making that plan.

Some things I plan to do during this time of The Great Disconnect:

Connect with others, reach out to someone; my goal is one new person each day. No matter how stressed I am, I can find some positive thing to say to a co-worker, family member or friend. Short and sweet, reach out, make that contact; I know it will benefit me too.

Take a walk. Outdoors, bundle up. Connect with nature even if it is Winter. Lift my mood, clear my mind, make my bones stronger. Do it, even if just short and sweet.

Give thanks. Each day, for what I have and what I’ve been given. A grateful attitude means counting our blessings, and that’s the secret path to joy. My list might not be short, but this should be sweet.

Do something for myself like make a cup of tea. Write an entry in my journal. Make some music, even if it’s just me singing. I will purposefully change the chemistry in my brain by doing something meaningful for myself, even if it’s only a short five minutes.

I think plans I laid in 2020 were more results-oriented, but with this great shift of 2021 involving isolation and disconnect, I dedicate all new plans to being connection-oriented. Share with me what’s good for you in the comments below.


Sonja Gregory is the Owner of Wrap Me Day Spa, Lexington’s premier location for detox body wraps and all-natural herbal support for healthy holistic lifestyle choices. Reblogged with permission.