Checking in

How often do you ask yourself ‘How am I feeling right now?’

How often do you stop what you are doing to really listen to the answer to that question?

Perhaps you check in all the time without realising.  Perhaps you only do it when you are feeling way out of sorts, or when your world seems to be falling apart around you, and you are forced to acknowledge that something just isn’t right.

Everyone is soooo busy making ends meet these days that stopping to ask yourself how you are feeling might seem a little self-indulgent and essentially a waste of time.

I think checking in is probably the single most important thing you can do for yourself

and

I think checking in is the best possible thing you can teach your children to do for themselves.

Feelings of overwhelm, anxiety, depression, being up-tight or cranky are all possible signs of being disconnected from your core being.  Overeating, smoking and other addictive behaviours are bigger signs of being disconnected.

I realised recently that I needed to check in with myself more often.  It is amazing what a difference a few seconds can make to my day.  Simply asking myself ‘How am I feeling right now?’, and then stopping to listen to the answer can change the course of my day and move me in a much more positive and much more productive direction.

If my answer lies in the positive range of emotions then I know I’m on the right track.

If my answer is not so positive, or worse, negative, then I simply ask myself ‘What do I need right now?’ and the answer tells me where I need to go next.

This probably seems too simple an act to be of any value, but this very simple move puts me face to face with myself regularly.  It’s really the only place I want to be in my life, and I know without a doubt that it’s the absolute best space from which I can love, honour and value myself.

So, how are you feeling right now?

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