Being introspective is a skill unique to humans and it allows us to take stock of our lives and decide how we want to improve them. Due to recent events, many people are looking more closely at their lives and learning that they might have been prioritizing the wrong things. If you have been thinking lately that your life might be happier if you changed some things about your daily routine, our list of 5 reasons that this is the perfect time to examine your life more closely.
- Being Alone More: While being alone can be depressing and can make you feel isolated, spending time alone is also essential for self-evaluation and self-diagnosis. If you have become aware that you were feeling overwhelmed by your daily life or if you have realized that you were missing signs indicating burn out or stress, you are not alone. Being alone and thinking about the events of the past day, month, or year, is very therapeutic and can help you to see patterns of behavior or choices that you can improve. Despite the boredom of being alone, you are likely experiencing growth during this time of isolation that will help you to be happier in the future.
- Things Have Slowed Down: The entire world has slowed its tempo and many people are reporting a feeling of relief that this is the case despite worries about the future. Modern life is often far too fast paced for true mental health. Take this time of pause to reflect on ways you can carve out quiet time or personal time in your daily routine to help you to remain calm and collected even when things are stressful.
- Your Health Matters: Everyone logically knows that their health is important and that they should eat properly and exercise and get enough sleep. However, the actual pressures of daily life and stress of work and other responsibilities often gets in the way of taking care of our health. Take this time of pause to examine ways that you can make time for your health every day.
- Getting Enough Sleep: Despite the stress of reduced hours on the job or being laid off, many people are getting far more sleep than usual during this challenging time. Freed from social pressure to attend parties or to run from one task to another all day, many people are getting enough sleep for the first time in years. Make sure that you remember to get at least 8 hours of sleep each day for your overall health and your emotional well-being. And if you still can’t quite get enough sleep on your mattress, it might be time to buy a new mattress. Since being able to test mattresses out at the showroom are out right now due to the coronavirus, try to buy a bed in a box mattress.
- Time to Decide What Matters: With all of the noise of daily life reduced to a dull roar, this is the perfect time to evaluate what you really enjoy and what you really would rather not return to when things go back to normal. You might not be able to do your dream job or buy your dream home, but you can limit contact with people and things and activities that do not make you happy. Being able to say no to activities or people who are not healthy for you to be around is essential to a fulfilling life.
This time of waiting for the world to be safe again for normal activities has caused many frustrations and fears but it also had provided the chance to take a long, hard look at how things were before and make changes for the better. Take advantage of this time to grow as a person and you will be better prepared to rebuild when the time comes.
Submitted by: Janice Schwarzkopf