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I live for a moment of introspection. I really thrive in the times where I force myself to get still, quiet and check in on me. It makes me dig deep and put some intentional thought into how what I’m doing in the moment is informing how I move forward. Here are a few ways to do a self check-in with yourself:

  1. Evaluate your thought energy. What are you focused on creating inside your mind? What things are you telling yourself? The clearer you are about what your thought energy is rooted in, the easier it is to shift the dynamic of your thought process.

  2. Connect with how you’re feeling. Having a healthy emotional relationship with yourself is important. Getting out of your head and into your heart can help contextualize why you might be responding to things and people in your life a certain way. This requires some deeper level emotional intelligence, meaning you’ll have to make space for honoring your feelings and not shaming yourself for them either.

  3. Be kind to yourself. Once you’ve had time to sort through your thoughts and connect to how you feel, do your best to give yourself grace, compassion and patience. It’s okay that you didn’t get everything done on your to-do list for the week, or that you may not have shown up in the way you would’ve like to in your friendships/relationships. The silver lining is you are in control of what, when and how you create something new for yourself.

  4. Identify your habits. Having a moment of transparency with yourself about the things you put into practice can also help shape how you’re responding to what’s going on around you. It’s okay to check yourself if you notice your habits have been toxic or counter productive to your goals (Remember to be gentle with yourself too). It’s also good to monitor what things you DO like that you’re putting into practice so you can continue to apply those things where appropriate.

  5. Change your behavior. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with pivoting your behavioral patterns in the moment. Looking at things from a different perspective, changing your environment, even re-directing your thoughts can all help you shift. Remember, you are in control of what you create which influences what you experience.

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