As we wave goodbye to 2021, and begin reflecting on the past year, it’s okay to feel sad or disappointed. Maybe, with all the uncertainty that swirled around, you didn’t get to check off as many things on your bucket list, or perhaps you aren’t exactly where you thought you’d be by the time December rolled around.

There are benefits to reflecting on the year behind us, even when things didn’t go according to plan. Doing so gives us the opportunity to learn from mistakes and course-correct in the new year. But when we only focus on the negatives, or the woulda, shoulda, couldas of the past 12 months, we can get stuck spinning our wheels in a rut of old worries instead of moving forward to the future.

How to Reflect on the Past Without Worry or Disappointment

Use the following strategies to avoid rumination and keep moving forward.