And just like that, here comes another year. Before getting swooped up into the hustle and bustle of 2019, consider taking some quiet time to reflect and reconnect with your inner self. Easier said than done, right? We live in a world with many distractions. So if you find your mind wandering to your latest Netflix show or what you should have for dinner, here are some suggestions on how you can get the thoughts flowing.
Write in your journal
There is something very therapeutic about writing your thoughts on paper. Instead of looking at your smartphone before heading to bed, take a couple of moments to reflect on your day by writing. However, don’t necessarily worry about having a formal agenda when you put pen to paper. Feel free to jot down whatever comes to mind- you may be surprised at how this exercise sparks new and interesting discoveries.
Count your blessings
Each evening, spend a few minutes writing down a list of what you have appreciated about your day. Don’t worry about the length of your list. In fact, if you prefer, say your thanks out loud and don’t worry about writing them down. If you do keep a list, consider sharing a few around the table at Thanksgiving.
If quiet reflection doesn’t sound appealing, exercise instead. In fact, taking the time to go for a jog, practicing yoga, or signing up for a group fitness class can do wonders for mental health as well as your physical wellbeing. Try unplugging during your next trip to the gym, and instead spend some time reflecting on your thoughts. Perhaps ask yourself a question like, “What does wellness look like for me in 2019?” and see what comes to mind.
Find inspiration from others
If unstructured self-reflection isn’t up your alley, there are plenty of books, poetry and music that serve to inspire. If you’re looking for particulars, check out Oprah’s 7 Super-Soulful Reads. One of these books, The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo, has daily reflections that are easy to read and digest in just a few minutes.