Checking In with Yourself
The coronavirus is at the front of everyone's mind in some way or another. We have all been impacted. Schools, workplaces and public spaces are closed. Our routines have changed drastically and the world has become a strange place. Times are tough to say the absolute least.
So, how are you? Have you had a moment to truly check in with yourself? How do you feel? Often we think because we are still in motion, still taking care of responsibilities, that we are okay but getting things done has never been the best indication that we are in the best space mentally and emotionally.
Here are a few questions for checking in with yourself during this time:
How do I feel in this moment?
Is anything missing?
Do I feel combative or aggressive?
Do I feel withdrawn and quiet?
When is the last time I cried?
Is there something I should have done but have been putting off?
If I had time, what would I do?
If I had money, what would I do?
What am I afraid of?
Do I feel supported?
Have I been supportive?
Do I feel connected to others? If so, who?
Am I being social?
Am I lonely?
What do I need?
Have I been taking care of myself?
What have I been saying in my head about myself?
When was the last time I felt inspired?
When is the last time I laughed?
What am I thankful for?
It is imperative to check in with yourself so you can make sure your needs are being met. These questions are also great for journaling. If you find it difficult to process this on your own seek guidance and support. Working with a therapist can be particularly helpful in enhancing your emotional awareness, your self confidence and making life and relationships more meaningful; especially during such hard times.