Time to slow down and check in with your self care
Well you made it to midway! June is the halfway point in the year and it’s when we enjoy the longest, brightest days. It’s a time of flourishing and growth in nature – and we have more energy too.
The perfect time to make the most of the sunshine and mull over how you are feeling in yourself.
Do you feel vibrant, full of energy and flexible in body and mind?
Or are you feeling tight, sluggish and chaotic?
Let’s reflect on how you’ve done in the first half of the year, how far you’ve come in fulfilling your personal dreams, goals and wishes (choose which words resonate the most with you) and how your wellbeing sits with all this.
Take a few moments to work through the following exercise and discover how you could improve your sense of well-being throughout the rest of the year. All you need is a pen and paper and an open mind.
1. What does well-being and being well mean to you right now?
2. What well-being activities have you taken part in so far this year?
Tip: If you are a keen photographer, look over your snaps. If you are a Facebook fan, have a peek at your timeline – but don’t get too distracted!
3. Are these activities benefiting your sense of well-being or making you feel drained?
4. Going forward, how can you support yourself more at home, work & play?
- Do you need to give something up?
- Should you do less of a certain thing?
- Are you maintaining consistency?
- Could you start something new?
Your answers, ideas and musings will help to prioritise your well-being foundations.
Making it real
The next step is the crucial bit.
- Write down your well-being foundations in your diary, on your calendar, in your phone or in a notebook and plan when you will take action. Perhaps choose a bright colour so it really stands out (this will also help when you review this year, as it draws to a close).
Tip: Writing things down adds weight to them becoming a reality. Talking about them takes you a step closer too. You might find that some of your friends are keen to join in with some of your planned well-being activities. Even better!
- Start small and stay consistent for the next month (or more) until your new actions become a habit.
- To stay motivated, check your wellbeing foundations daily, weekly and/or monthly (you choose) and update your progress.
- Remember to celebrate what goes well for you and if you have any challenges, don’t be too harsh on yourself.
Instead, be gentle and consider the following;
- Where do you need support?
- Do you need to break your goal down to make it more manageable?
- Is the original goal still supporting you? (perhaps it isn’t important to you any more).
Explore this by yourself or with friends and if you’re struggling, remember to keep it simple and perhaps choose just ONE thing to do every day to nourish your well-being.
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