That’s what we do with others we care about, right? We check in with them. Even if it’s a quick “hey just checking in to see how you’re going…”.
Checking in with yourself is an act of self-care. It’s also a practice that cultivates self-awareness.
Checking in with yourself involves taking a conscious break from the noise around you and turning your attention inward.
It’s a chance to reconnect with your thoughts, emotions, and inner needs. It’s all too easy to become disconnected from our authentic selves and become disconnected from our desires, dreams, and even our basic needs.
So, wondering how you can check in with yourself?
Here are 7 keys for checking in with yourself:
- Firstly, it doesn’t need to be complicated or even take very long.
- It can be as simple as taking a few minutes to check on how you are on the inside.
- To begin with, take a few long deep breathes to centre your attention.
- Then gently and supportively ask yourself some reflective questions, such as: How am I feeling? What am I feeling? How is my body feeling? What’s been going through my mind? What’s this about? Remember to listen to your own answers. The key here is to be curious and open to what you discover about your self.
- If you have a little more time, find a quiet space where you can sit in solitude or in silence.
- Grab a journal or open up a note section on your phone and spend some time writing down the answers to those reflective questions. Remember that this is not about constructing a perfect sentence or paragraph. It’s about reflecting about what’s happening on the inside of you and describing it in your own words, as authentically as you can.
- Alternatively, engage in activities that usually help you reconnect with your inner self.
The key is to create space for self-reflection and introspection, where you can attentively listen to your inner voice without judgment or expectation.
Take the opportunity to attend to your soul, gain clarity and create space for your wellbeing.