What Has Helped Me Navigate 2020


What. A. Year. This year has felt like a world wind. 2020 has been chock full of ups and downs – for everyone. I know people who:

got their dream job

had children


lost their dream jobs

got engaged

got divorced

got into accidents

had to homeschool their children / adapt to new schedules

and the one we all know and are very much aware of: had AND having to navigate a global pandemic.

And we all hoped and prayed it wouldn’t last long. If there’s one thing that this year has taught me, truly… it is that nothing is ever guaranteed. Not a thing. There are no guarantee’s in life. To be completely honest, this pandemic has helped me put a lot into perspective. It reminded me very quickly that life is short, and you should do whatever it is that sets your soul on fire. For me, it took a lot of reflection, and a long hard look in the mirror to realize I wasn’t chasing my passions, or going after what I wanted. 2020 taught me I needed to wake up, and change lanes. No doubt, this year has been a massive struggle for us all on all fronts, but today I want to get real/raw and share with you what’s helped me navigate this year, during a global pandemic.

What Has Helped Me Navigate 2020

I started Acupuncture….

For those of you who don’t know me personally, I’m a huge lover of fitness/wellness/holistic health. I am a big believer in functional medicine, and exploring healthier alternatives to problems. For the past few years, I’ve struggled with a lot of anxiety and occasional depression, as well as horrible migraines. I had been on an antidepressant before, but never really noticed a huge difference with them. I had always been interested in acupuncture, but was terrified of needles… and then I just decided to try it. Just one, harmless session. And then I became completely HOOKED. Acupuncture helped bring so much more awareness to my mind and body, as well as relief from my horrible migraines. I noticed over time, I slept better, was more happier overall, and felt more present/at peace throughout my day. This year, I did about 12 sessions of acupuncture, and would jump at the chance to do it again in the coming future. I believe acupuncture changed the game for me this year, and I am so grateful I started this journey.

I regularly attend therapy…

Let me start by saying: everyone could benefit from therapy. Yes, anyone! You are not “weird” or have to have “something wrong with you” to seek therapy. There are also so many couples who attend couples therapy because they want to keep their marriage healthy. Personally, I have absolutely loved having a therapist I can speak to whenever I feel like I need to schedule a session. Having a third party be there to talk you through situations/feelings/thoughts is extremely helpful. 2020 has been challenging, and I’ve faced many obstacles this year, and having someone to speak to has helped tremendously. Lastly, you can seek therapy/counseling in so many ways these days! If you don’t have health insurance there are many ways to obtain guidance through a licensed counselor, on websites such as Better Help.

I commit to a consistent workout schedule…

Earlier this year when COVID hit, I decided to quit my gym membership all together. My husband is one of the immune compromised – with type one diabetes, so I felt it was crucial to do whatever I could to protect his health. Before the pandemic hit, we actually purchased a bunch of gym equipment, so we could both easily quit our memberships, and safe a ton of money each month. Now that we have our gym equipment, and a treadmill, working out is easier than ever. I love being able to head downstairs whenever, and not worry about anything. When the pandemic hit in March, I knew I had to commit myself to a consistent workout schedule, not just to keep in shape, but for my mental wellbeing. Being able to move, and get my endorphins flowing has helped keep me sane throughout 2020.

I journal….

Keeping a journal where I can write anything I’m feeling has made all the difference this year. No doubt 2020 has been stressful, and has taken it’s toll on everyone. What has truly helped me to keep myself in check, and staying sane has been writing. This year I have done far less blogging, but much more writing – for myself. And I wouldn’t change it for the world. Each morning I try to make it a point to drink my coffee, and journal. Being able to release all my thoughts/feelings/emotions onto paper has been so healing.

I decided to go for it….

As I mentioned earlier, 2020 taught me a lot. Really, it hasn’t all been bad. During the beginning of the year, I had many hurdles, and so many obstacles. I felt like this year was a total sh!t show, no joke. I was ready to write off the entire year, and just get by. Then I (actually) took a hard look in the mirror. I wasn’t ready to let the entire year fly by without working towards achieving my goals. I wasn’t going to sit on my couch and watch the news, and dwell on the fact that this whole year has been challenging, and that numbers were rising ect ect. I decided I was done sitting around and waiting for the new year to start making changes. I decided to go for it and really chase my dreams this year. To commit to my goals, and give myself something to work towards, every single day. Which has made navigating 2020 that much easier.


Whatever you have dealt with this year, I hope you’re hanging in there. I hope you’re holding on, and deciding that no matter what, you’re committed to living your best, happiest life. What have you done to make this year a littttle bit easier? Share with me in the comments below!


Hey friend–I’m Laura, the Writer behind This Northern Native

Hey friend–I’m Laura, the Writer behind This Northern Native

A lifestyle + wellness blog, This Northern Native is a place to come for major realness. I deliver raw, honest content created for those who value becoming the happiest & healthiest versions of themselves possible, and share a love for New England living.