- Hindsight is 2021–has everyone made that joke already?–and so we offer an illuminating review of your favorite Thriveworks content of the past year.
- Our readers grappled with some dark feelings in 2021, but they also searched for ways to be kinder to themselves.
- The Thriveworks blog has covered everything from post-Disney World depression to shopping addiction, but as usual, most of your favorite content explores relationships.
- We love that you’re seeking answers to your mental health questions on our humble blog and we hope you’ll continue the self-reflection in 2022.
This was supposed to be the year when we collectively recovered from our pandemic trauma, found greater happiness in the workplace, and renewed loving relationships with our friends, our family, and ourselves. Did it all happen the way we mapped it out last New Year’s Eve?
Probably not. But based on what you read on the Thriveworks blog, you’re still trying your best. You’re facing your obstacles, confronting your feelings, and looking for pathways forward. This is what we’ve learned about you, dear readers, from reviewing what you read the most this year. Here’s a roundup of our top-performing content of 2021.
What Your Favorite Thriveworks Blogs Say About Your Year
You were drawn to the darkness.
This year the world continues to be haunted by sickness, so it’s understandable that we’ve been looking for healthy outlets for our fears. You connected with stories about true crime, child reincarnation, and violent dreams:
You were grieving.
During the pandemic we’ve all experienced numerous losses (of loved ones, friendships, and/or security) and have tried to navigate our pain. Sometimes grief flares up and feels eternal; other times you feel numb and wonder if that’s okay. Word to the wise: It’s all okay.
You were angry.
Grief, pain, and trauma can often manifest as anger. You tried to understand where your big feelings were coming from, and learn better ways to manage intense emotion:
You were stressed.
One day future generations will look back and wonder how we got through these pandemic years. Meanwhile, we struggle with how to deal with the unexpected.
You worried about money.
Comparing ourselves to other people can contribute to unhappiness, and who can feel rich when billionaires are joyriding through space? But we gave you a resource to remind you of all the wealth in your life.
You felt paranoid.
Times of high stress can keep us in fight or flight mode, so naturally you’ve been on the lookout for trouble. We took the liberty of writing a guide to keep you safe from cults and mind control techniques.
You worried about your relationships.
Relationship content dominated our 20 most popular articles. In fact, three of the top search terms that brought people to the Thriveworks blog were “intimacy in marriage”, “trust issues”, and “abandonment issues”. It’s clearly been a tough year for romance. Maybe you and your significant other began getting on each other’s nerves in quarantine. Maybe someone you love was experiencing anxiety or depression. Maybe you were concerned about infidelity, or breakups, or emotional safety. We tried to give you the resources you needed to find clarity in your relationship.
You tried to be kinder to yourself.
Lastly, we noticed that you were interested in prioritizing your mental health. This is a great sign that despite the stressful era we’re living through, people are still mindful of their emotional wellbeing, not just their external circumstances.
End the Year on a Positive Note: Further Reading
This year our Thriveworks clinicians were quoted extensively in the media regarding the mental health struggles that elite athletes like Simone Biles face every day. We can all learn from these athletes, even if we “run” 30-minute miles and have never done a proper cartwheel. Mental wellbeing is the foundation for everything. This is true for Olympians and couch potatoes alike. So stay curious about what you can do to maintain your health and happiness in the new year.
We’ve compiled a few blogs below to follow up on what you read in 2021 and set a tone for 2022. Just remember that if you’re really struggling, reading can’t substitute for the one-on-one guidance offered by a mental health professional. Make this the year that you reach out to a counselor or psychiatrist, if you could use the extra support.
Happy New Year!