We’re one week into February so it’s time to take a breath, take a step back, and give ourselves a little check-up by checking in.
This is a wonderful opportunity to practice mindfulness and to really sink into your body. So often we put ourselves on autopilot. We just do the things we’re supposed to do every day – eat, sleep, work, take care of the kids. We forget to be present, really present, in what we need.
Allow yourself to take a few minutes to check in with how you’re feeling.
How have you been practicing self-care so far this month?
What do you need right now?
Cuddles? Love? Space? What everyone needs is different. You might need to make time to do yoga, go out, get fast food so you don’t have to cook, take a nap – what each person needs is different and that’s okay!
How is your body feeling?
Sometimes I can feel the anxiety coming and cut it off before it really starts to affect me. Pay attention to the signs that your body is giving you. Rest, relax, recuperate, and prevent yourself from getting burnt out.
What boundaries do you need to enforce?
Are you saying yes to things you don’t want to do? Are you letting someone else infringe on your time/space boundaries? Take a stand for yourself. Set boundaries. “I need ___ right now.” should be part of your daily vocabulary.
Is there anything upsetting you or bothering you?
When you put off uncomfortable emotions they have a way making themselves heard whether you want them to or not. Confront the things that are bothering you and do your best to deal with them. Communicate.
Have you taken care of your basic needs today?
There’s more to basic needs than shelter, food, water, and sleep. What are your basic needs? What’s something essential that helps you to function and feel good on a day-to-day basis? Do that thing.
What are you holding onto that you need to let of?
Guilt for not doing enough or being behind on something? Imposter syndrome. The Not-Good-Enoughs? Let go of the baggage. Stop being so hard on yourself.
How’s your self-talk? Are you getting easily upset or frustrated with yourself?
Pay attention to the way that you talk to yourself. Positive self-talk helps.
What’s the kindest thing you’ve done for yourself this month?
Seven days, hopefully, there are seven acts of kindness. Even small ones like treating yourself to coffee count.
Take the time to answer these questions and adjust yourself accordingly. Taking care of yourself emotionally, mentally, and physically, is what life is all about. Don’t neglect yourself. Love yourself.