Did you learn a lot about yourself in the last year as you navigated the changes that Covid created? I certainly have and believe that it m resonates with many of you as well. Yes, I learned a lot about myself. I especially realized the importance of slowing down to enjoy the small, often overlooked, yet most meaningful and rewarding moments in the day. Taking the time to talk and connect with my family became one of the positive changes made last year that I hope to sustain for the long term. In the past year, I learned how to cultivate a mindful approach to every day by journaling.
As life returns to a new normal, I plan to continue to slow down and cultivate a mindful approach to every day. I want to ensure that I stay present with the little moments that can get overlooked when focusing on my to-do list. Doing so, I found, made me feel incredibly content. Throughout the last year, I have learned that I love to slow down despite my busy-bee nature, and doing so makes me feel happy.
As you reflect on this topic and idea, I invite you to check in with yourself and journal. What have you learned about yourself in this past year? Out of those items, what is most vital for you to sustain for the long-term? What do you hope becomes second nature in your life? As you start to journal, what you wish to learn and maintain will look different than mine. The journaling process is a personalized journey, and there is no right or wrong answer.
I invite you to ask yourself the following questions as you journal.
1. What did you learn in the last year that you hope to remember for the long term?
2. What do you hope becomes second nature in your life?
3. What is the value of knowing this, or doing this regularly, bring?
4. How will your life be better if this becomes a regular habit?
5. Any other thoughts that come up for you surrounding this?
If these questions don’t resonate with you and you need more guidance y this article on 20 Journaling Prompts may be helpful.
Here are a few tips to remember as you get started on this journaling exercise:
1. There is no right or wrong in answering these questions.
2. Think about the mindfulness component of non-judgment, and write what is on your mind without judgment.
3. Be honest with what is genuine and authentic for you.
4. Practice self-compassion and acceptance
5. Self-reflection can sometimes take time. Be patient with yourself as you ask yourself these questions.
Journaling and self-reflection can help you be more mindful, present and help you make good decisions. As a National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach, I offer coaching services related to health and exercise behaviors, stress management, rumination, sleep, and mindset. Are you ready to set attainable action steps towards your goals? Contact me here to take advantage of a complimentary coaching session and get set on the road to success.
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