Monday is around the corner. Once the workweek begins, we often fall into auto-pilot. We put on the mask and the armor to get through the week. We've gotten really good at smiling even when we are screaming out on the inside. We are good at our job, and we want (need) that paycheck. When the day is over, we are beat. Our energy is all used up. We tired. And then, Tuesday rolls in, and the cycle continues.
Often we feel guilty if we slow down. We get frustrated with ourselves when we aren't as productive as we think we should be. We could use a day off, and then we talk ourselves out of taking one. Food and sleep and breathing happen when the work is done.
But what if we could spare a few minutes each day to just check-in with ourselves?
How am I feeling today?
What is causing me stress?
How is my energy today?
What am I avoiding?
What do I need?
What am I looking forward to today?
What successes did I have today?
What if we gave ourselves a moment of stillness?
Self-reflection allows us to tap into ourselves and gain self-awareness. With greater self-awareness, we can handle stress better. We can notice what we need when we need it. We are more capable of caring for our mental and emotional selves.
Below is a short art exercise for relaxation, mindfulness, and creativity. Download it and give yourself 15 minutes to breathe, have a moment of stillness, and find clarity during the week. You deserve that.