It is the time of year where the weather is changing and the holidays are coming. Some of us will embrace these changes, while others will be reluctant. Whether it is the idea of the cold months to come or being single for the holidays, doing some “fall cleaning” can help you prepare.
Are you where you want to be? Have you accomplished what you wanted to accomplish before the start of the New Year? Reflecting on the past months and events that have taken place in your life could help you become who you want to be in the coming year. Here are some ideas that you can do to help you reflect:
- Take a day off: Just like our bodies require time off, so do our minds. We live in a society that is constantly going; whether it is for work, ourselves, or family. Computers, phones, and video games are all components that contribute to our ongoing lives. Try taking a day off from all electronics. Turn off your phone, shut down your computer, and go for a walk. Grab a good book and curl up on the couch or try baking or cooking something new.
- Focus on your past: We all learn from our past, so focusing on one or multiple events and reflecting on them can help us learn and gain strength. There is no need to place blame, but instead to reflect. The events can either be negative or positive, but the goal should be to determine what you have learned.
- Exercise: We all know that exercising is great for our physical health, but did you know it is great for our mental health too? Exercising allows us to step away from every day stressors. These stressors could be work, a relationship, family, or school. Try joining a gym or if money is tight, try joining an exercise group, or grabbing a friend to go for a run or a walk. Use exercising as a way to reflect on your life and work.
- Make some changes: After you reflected, you may realize that changes need to be made. These changes could be anywhere from quitting smoking to going back to school. Make realistic goals and take things one day at a time. If something isn’t working out, don’t get discouraged. There will be plenty of other opportunities to become the person you want to be.
Written by Courtney Wilkinson, M.B.A.