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I’ve decided that 2018 is the year of ultimate self care. Self care doesn’t just mean taking baths with essential oils and going to hot yoga. Self care can mean something different for everyone, but for me, self care means being aligned and having balance in my life. It means doing work I love, and having me-time and time with my friends and loved ones outside of work. It means tapping into my creativity every day, expanding my knowledge, trying new things, and making time for activities I know I love. It’s doing things and spending time with the people who encourage and push me, make me happy, and make me better all around, and eliminating the things and relationships that have the opposite effect.
One of the tools that has REALLY made a difference in my life these past few weeks is The Five Minute Journal, so I just HAD to share it with you guys! I love this journal because it doesn’t take up much of your time – just a few minutes when you wake up and a few before you go to bed, but it makes a HUGE difference in your day to day life. If you love the idea of journaling, but are a little intimidated about where to start and what to write, this journal is right up your alley!
The whole idea behind the journal is to be more mindful throughout the day and gain appreciation for what you have. It’s a simple structure based on positive psychology to start and end each day with gratitude, which I think is a huge part of self care. When you’re able to appreciate and focus on what you have rather than what you don’t, you’re able to live a more fulfilling life.
Each page of the journal is separated into 2 parts (morning and night) and every day you get a thoughtful, motivational quote. One of my favourites I came upon the other day is “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” HOW. GOOD.
As I mentioned before, the journal is super simple and doesn’t take up much of your time at all. It’s the perfect way to start and end your day and has made me so much more mindful.
The morning routine sets the tone for the rest of your day. You write out 3 things you’re grateful for, 3 things that would make today great, and your daily affirmations.
When I write out 3 things that would make today great, I always write down things I’m in total control of. Not things like “The weather is sunny and warm” or “I win the lottery”. These things are totally out of my control and you can’t base what would make your day good or bad dependent on these types of factors. If you do, you’ll likely be let down more often than not.
Instead, I write things like “I call my mom”, “I get together with my team to work on a creative project”, “I go to a yoga class”, etc. Once you write these things down, you’re so much more likely to do them because they’re at the front of your mind when you start your day.
I also LOVE writing down three things I’m grateful for each day. There are so many things I take for granted, such as waking in a warm bed, having a fridge full of food, living in a safe country, having loving and supportive friends and family, having my health!!! I am SO thankful for these things and I love that this journal forces me to think about them every time I wake up in the morning.
The night routine helps you evaluate your day and think about how you could make tomorrow even better. You write down 3 amazing things that happened today and a couple things that could have made your day better.
Going to bed with the memory of the three greatest things that happened in your day is the best feeling ever. These don’t have to be huge things either, it could be that a stranger smiled and held the door open for you, or you had a really productive day, or you saw your best friend after work. It’s often the little things that make us the happiest.
And writing down the things that could have made today better reminds you that you are in control, and when you realize you’re in control of how your day goes, you can create so many opportunities for yourself.
The Five Minute Journal has helped me prioritize and be more productive on a daily basis, and it has also helped me sit back and evaluate all the good things happening in my life and how I can make my circumstances even better.
If you want to practice ultimate self care and mindfulness this year, the Five Minute Journal is a great place to start!
What is your definition of self care? Let me know in the comment section!
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