Becoming self-aware of when something is off
I have a pretty wonderful life. Upon first meeting me, people often think I’ve lived some charmed life from childhood. It’s far from the truth. While it’s not perfect, I attribute every bit of it to the emotional, spiritual, and mental growth I have pursued throughout my adult life. Devoted to growth is not just a slogan for me. It’s long been my way of life. One that has come with great reward. Even so, there are days when I seem to lose sight of my wonderful life. Days where I find myself unexplainably grumpy. Rather than let that grumpiness carry on for days, I grab my journal and go through my happiness checklist. It brings self-awareness and gives me back the power to control my mood and the enjoyment I get out of my day.
My Happiness Checklist
Notably, as I’ve developed this list over time, I have come to recognize that the more of these that have a check the more my happiness is off.
- Have I been eating well the last few days? I find an overload of carbs or sugar leads to inflammation, aches, pains and often a migraine. All things that make me grumpy.
- When was the last time I exercised? Cardio releases all those happy endorphins that our mind and body need. Interesting, missing more than three days can put me off kilter.
- Is there a need for extra rest?
- Am I spending adequate time spiritually in prayer or meditation?
- Have I allowed disrespect or personal boundaries to be crossed without correction? I have learned over time that this sticks with me like a burr to a sock, agitating me until I have resolved the matter.
- Did I allow my mind to get stuck in negative chatter about myself or another person? When I recognize this I have a choice to make – will I waste time in judgment or will I offer grace.
- What am I filling my brain with – positive inspiration or negative situations?
- Am I living life and making decisions with authenticity?
- Have I spent adequate time connecting with the people that matter?
- How have I fed my spirit in the last few days? For me that could be writing, riding my horses, reading, or even taking a nap.
Grab your journal; it’s your turn to grow
Take a few moments and reflect on your level of self-awareness.
- Which of the above items affect your happiness? Which might you need to become more self-aware of?
- What items would you add to your happiness checklist?
- Who can hold you accountable to reviewing your happiness checklist next time life seems a little off or you’re not as happy as you’d like?