How to Check in with Yourself

Checking in with yourself regularly is a great way to practise mindfulness, but in our busy lives, many of us struggle to find the time, and our sense of wellbeing often suffers as a result. We can go days, weeks, months and sometimes years without pausing to see how we’re really feeling, and all of this adds up until we’re feeling fraught, burnt out and at the end of our tether. Perhaps you’ve snapped at a loved one, or have found that your window of tolerance is starting to look a little murky. Maybe you’re just feeling exhausted or your self-esteem is in tatters. Any one of these is a sign that you need to start checking in with yourself, and taking the time to practise some self-care.

 

At its most basic, checking in can literally mean asking yourself how you are feeling at any given moment. You might take a few breaths before getting out of bed in the morning and ask yourself, “how do I feel today?” Doing this every day will help you to become more self-aware and in-tune with yourself, your emotions and your responses to certain triggers or stressors. It’s also a great thing to do before you go to bed at night too. Ask yourself, ‘how was my day, and how am I feeling now?’ You may wish to write some thoughts down so that you can keep track of your moods over time.

 

If you have some dedicated time carved out for your self-care practices, you may want to do a full body scan. This is an excellent way to really explore every part of your body and notice any feelings of stress or tightness. Starting at the very top of your head, imagine a white line of light travelling slowly downwards. Really focus on the area the light is touching and see if you can notice how it feels. Perhaps it feels hot, or cold, perhaps there is pain or tenderness there. Take the time to breathe into that space, releasing if you are holding and just be present with yourself.

 

Allow that white line of light to travel slowly down your body, all the way to the tips of your toes, taking stock of how you feel, and breathing deeply into any areas that need some special attention. You can repeat this as many times as you like. Afterwards, you should be feeling relaxed and refreshed, or you may wish to move your body by doing some gentle stretches, or by going for a short walk. Most people tend to feel a little tired after taking the time to do a full body scan, but you may find that you feel energised and more alert!

 

Other ways to check in with yourself include reflective journaling or meditation, any activity where you are consciously aware of yourself and how you are feeling can help you to become more at ease with all of the different emotions we experience and allow you to recognise and feel through them without judgement. 

 

If you have been struggling to find the time to practise self-care, or have been navigating feelings of low self-worth and would like to be able to improve your mindset for the better, why not schedule a short call with me to find out how we can work together to get you back on track and feeling more like yourself again.


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