Creating a daily routine to reflect allows you to check in on your emotions before walking into the office. It only takes 5, 10, or 20 minutes to create mental space by asking yourself, “How do I want to show up today?”
Many times, we get caught up in the day-to-day that we don’t allow time to heal from small wounds, like fighting with a significant other, getting mad at the kids, or feeling bummed over a dissatisfied client. Instead, we carry those emotions with us, ignore that they need healing or reflection, and project emotions onto a new day. What a waste of a new day if we don’t take the time to throw the trash out the day before.
Self-awareness is an act—a habit—that helps us think more clearly about ourselves, how we’re feeling, and how we’re showing up. Research has shown that when we practice self-awareness, we become more creative and more confident. So take 20 minutes today. Either in the morning, during lunch time, in the evening. Don’t think too hard about it. Take a walk, sit on the couch, sip on a hot drink, or simply just breathe. Reflect.
Take note of how it impacts your work. Your relationships. Your self.