winnie the pooh looking in the mirror It’s the last Daily Well practice, and the end of the semester, which means it’s a great time to pause and take a look back. We often move from one thing to the next without really absorbing what we’ve been through or how far we’ve come. Taking a few minutes to stop and reflect can help us process and make sense of events. This is especially important when we are faced with lots of new information, upheaval, and challenge.

Activity: Take a few minutes to sit and reflect, or write on these questions, as they relate to the full year, or the last couple of months.

  • What has been hard for me? What challenges have I faced?
  • What has been positive for me? Have there been bright spots?
  • What have I learned, or how have I grown?
  • What sources of strength or respite have I drawn on?
  • What do I need right now?

Benefits:

  • Processes emotions and helps calm stress
  • Provides greater self-awareness
  • Increases sense of control
  • Generates positive emotion

If you’d like to dramatically increase your likelihood of following through on this activity, answer these questions in writing or out loud to another person.

  • How and when will you do this activity?
  • What might get in the way—and how will you address these obstacles?

 

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