Hello friends! The past year as been, well- a lot, especially for everyone who has been in and out of quarantine/lockdown. I also know that you may be in lockdown right now, which can bring a slew of uncomfortable and negative feelings. Not only that, but just being a teenager and student in general can take a lot out of you. Whatever your situation, it’s important to take care of yourself.
A few months ago, my nutritionist recommended “self check-ins” to me. At first I was like “okay, that sounds kind of stupid,” but after spending no more than 3 minutes a day checking in with myself, I can tell you that they are life changing!
Honestly, I’m super surprised that I’ve only heard about them recently because they are so easy and super beneficial! Like seriously, so so easy. It’s almost like why wouldn’t you do it, you know? Just in you need some more convincing, here’s a little more on why you should start this healthy habit…
Why should you check in with yourself?
As you’re reading this, you may be in lockdown, or isolation, due to covid. If not, then your probably still a busy student struggling to find time to take a breath. Self check-ins will not only force you to hit pause for a second, but, in my experience, will make you more productive and sooth your mental health.
I started doing daily self check-ins about four months ago, and I have seens so many benefits. First of all, checking-in with myself has boosted my productivity because I am providing myself with what I need to flourish. When I’m “flourishing” I get less distracted, and when I’m less distracted I get more done in less time, thus giving me more time for myself. Ultimately, just making me so much happier!
Not only that, but I went from having really dramatic drops in mood and energy after all of my emotions caved in on me at once at least once every two weeks, to having a little sob sesh once every two months or so! Big, right?
But enough about me! Daily check-ins are almost like meditation, it helps you become more in tune with your mind and body. They take almost no time at all (perfect for busy school days,), and have so many benefits, but how do you do it?
How to do a self check-in
While figuring out your needs may be difficult at first, the actual process is super easy! First, you’re going to want to pick a time of the day that is almost always the time that you’ll be able to take a break. For me, it’s 12:30- right after I finish school, but before lunch. After you choose a time, you’re going to want to set an alarm or reminder on your phone. This is crucial to helping yourself and holding yourself accountable.
Now, whenever that alarm goes off, I want you to stop and take a minute to listen to your body and what it needs. This may sound a little weird, but you know what you need, you just have to ask yourself.
Many different things could happen, maybe you’ll realize that you’re hungry, or feeling lonely. After you settle into your feelings, and figure out your needs, try your best to fufill them. Get food if you’re hungry, or reach our to a friend or resource if you’re feeling lonely.
Daily self check-ins take no time at all and are super beneficial! While I definitely recommend this to any students, especially those in lockdown in the UK, it’s most important that you’re taking care of yourself. High school is tough, nevermind everything that happened in the last year, so just know that anything you’re feeling is okay. Please let me know if you this try, or if you’re already doing it!! Thanks so much for reading and stay safe!
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