*Please note I am a lay person and am certainly…
Wellbeing diaries and journaling was not really something I had ever thought about until I saw the awesome Tara from Allergic to Sugar (another NZ based gastric bypass blogger you should check out!) post on Instagram that she had got a beautiful wellbeing diary from Kikki K. I haven’t set myself firm goals this year and I thought this would be a great idea for me to have an idea of where I’m at each week, so I went ahead and got one!
Our wellness and wellbeing is something I think many of us take for granted. Naturally, wellbeing sits alongside our physical health but I think that by focusing on wellbeing instead of health this sits much more within my theme word for the year. I’ve set my theme or intention for this year where I’m focusing on creating the future I want for myself. Wellbeing is one of those things I want and need to nurture because if I’m not well in every sense of the word it’s going to be harder to create and then enjoy what I am doing and achieving.
My plan is that I’m going to set aside some time each week and I think a Sunday night is going to be perfect for this, where I sit down, think about the week I’ve had and look forward to and plan the week coming. This dedicated time to sit and be mindful in itself is going to be quite helpful I think. A week is a good chunk of time for me because I know I will not have the time or inclination to do it everyday. I won’t limit myself though, if I have inspiration to get something down because I don’t want to lose it in the busyness of my week then I will get it down.
The things I plan to track are my health related appointments, when I exercise, if my sleep is out of the ordinary, how I’m feeling generally, any really stressful events or things that may be impacting on me, and anything else that seems relevant at the time. So each week I will fill in the gaps of what’s happened that week and look forward to the coming week and plan my exercise and other things that need to be scheduled in.
I have just finished doing the monthly wrap-up for January. The diary asks you for your achievements, challenges, learnings and happy moments and at first I stared at the page, “Well I don’t know,” but because I’ve filled the month in I could look back and I was reminded of all the things that had happened that month and soon enough I had at least two points in each box. The biggest challenge was getting through that awful bout of food poisoning I had and the happiest moment was watching two of our awesomest friends get married!
I’m looking forward to being more mindful about my year and noting down all sorts of things that I wouldn’t usually take time to document. My wellbeing diary is just for me and I love that I can write whatever I feel like in there. Have you ever heard of or thought about keeping a wellbeing diary? Comment below and let me know I’d love to hear if you have.
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