In today’s world of smartphones and social media, it’s too easy to get caught up in the virtual world and neglect your real world. Whether you’re constantly answering work emails or checking the likes on your most recent post, being constantly glued to your screen takes away from valuable time that you should be using to take care of yourself.
Life is stressful, and it’s important to check in on yourself regularly just like you would a friend or loved one. In order to make sure you aren’t neglecting your own wellbeing, take time every week to ask yourself these self-discovery questions from Rory. You’ll find out a lot of valuable information about how you’re actually feeling that you might have missed otherwise.
Why Checking in With Yourself is Important
If you don’t want to take our word for it, there are a plethora of scientific studies showing the positive effects of mindfulness practices. This review of empirical studies found that self-check ins, meditation, and other mental health activities brought about a lot of beneficial psychological effects, like fewer mood swings, better control over emotions, and an improved sense of well-being.
These self-reported effects are backed up by physical evidence, as one researcher showed through fMRI scans that people who went through an 8-week mindfulness course actually had thicker brains once the course was completed. Why the heck would you want a “thick” brain? Because this actually helps your brain process attention and sensory stimuli faster!
Compare this to the numerous studies that have shown the negative effects social media use has on our mental health. For example, a recent study from the University of Pennsylvania showed that limiting social media use to just 30 minutes per day led to significant reductions in loneliness, depression, anxiety, and FOMO (fear of missing out) over a three week period. Cutting your social media use down and using that time for self-check-ins could significantly help your mood and self-esteem day-to-day.
If you’ve tried mindfulness practices in the past and are still skeptical, it’s important to note that you’re not going to reap the benefits right away. Half-heartedly answering a few self-check-in questions for five minutes once a week isn’t going to do much for your anxiety. These types of activities need to become habitual in order to change the way you react to and process information.
But with a little time and effort, you can benefit from this behavior change for years to come.
A Harvard researcher, again through fMRI scans, revealed that the changes in brain activity in people who have learned to meditate hold true even when they’re not actively meditating!
To make sure you don’t forget about these important daily practices, download our tape-in Self-Care Journal Sheet below:
Like we talked about earlier, taking time to check in with yourself and practice mindfulness takes time and repetition. In order to reap the benefits of decreased anxiety and happier existence, you should be making time to check in with yourself every day.
Keep yourself healthy and happy in the long run by taking time for yourself starting today. It can be easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle, but you can avoid burning yourself out and live a more mindful life by making room for mental and emotional check-ins every day.
Download our full guide below to take these important Self-check-in questions with you wherever you go:
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16+ Weekly Self-Discovery Questions
Take time every week to think about and answer each of these questions. Five per day is a good place to start. You can do this in a journal and compare answers week-to-week, or just in your head.
1. What are the positives about my job?
2. What tasks am I putting off?
3. What is making me feel down at work?
4. What is my work mantra?
5. How am I feeling in my relationship?
6. What do I crave from my partner?
7. What makes me happiest about my partner?
8. What am I thankful for about my partner?
9. What’s a recent experience I had with my family that brought me joy?
10. If I had unlimited time with my family what would we do?
11. If I had unlimited money with my family what would we do?
12. Are there certain family members that drain my energy?
13. What scares me and how can I overcome it?
14. Am I making time for my social life?
15. What is something I find inspiring?
16. When is the last time I gave back to others?
The thing is, it’s too easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and not even realize your mental health is suffering. If you never take time to figure out and process underlying feelings of stress and anxiety, those feelings can build up and lead to burn out.
This is why it is important to make just a few minutes a day to ask yourself some good check-in questions and make sure you are still enjoying your busy days.