Welcome to Day 7 of the Challenging Times Self Care Challenge.
And before we dive in to Day Seven, the Day Six challenge prompt was: When was the last time you laughed really hard?
By remembering times and moments that elicited a strong emotion, like laughing really hard. We’re also able to shift our current emotional state to recalling how it might have felt at that time.
That’s why when you recall fun and memorable times with friends or loved ones, you might find yourself feeling good again and because it feels good to remember those good times, you might find that you talk about it together over and over again.
And I guess it’s something we can often find ourselves doing when we’re with other people, when we have experienced good and fun times with them, but we might not necessarily do it on our own.
So when you can use a little pick me up, it can be helpful to try out something like the Day Six prompt and remember the last time you laughed really hard.
I’d love to know how you made out with day six of the challenge. When was the last time you laughed really hard and what was it that was so funny for you?
Now it’s time to get into Day Seven and today’s self care prompt is: Taking time for reflection about your week and how you’re doing in this very moment.
So this is Day Seven, which means that I’ve been completing my own challenge of putting these mini episodes together now for a week.
And to some degree, like I can’t believe that it has already been a week already.
I don’t know about you, but time is feeling a lot different.
My relationship with time right now seems so different than it’s ever been. Sometimes it can feel really long yet, oddly short, and I can easily lose track of the days.
It’s actually been helping me to keep track of these episodes by numbering them. I’ve often said in the past that I’m a recovering perfectionist and my particular brand of perfectionism has meant that when I would think about or consider doing something, if I didn’t think that I do it in a very specific kind of a way if I didn’t feel as though I can do it to my standards, I often just wouldn’t do it at all.
Or I’d start something and if it didn’t seem as though I was doing it to my satisfaction.
Or if I didn’t feel like I had a handle on it or something like that, or not seeing the kinds of results I’d hope for right away, I would get pretty disheartened and stop. So a very ‘all or nothing’ kind of mentality when it came to doing things or not doing things.
I mentioned all of this because as I’m putting this particular episode together, I’m reflecting on myself how it’s been since the start of this unusual time in our lives, and also about the process of this particular self care challenge project I’ve started.
And with so much that’s been going on recently, how we’re all individually ebbing and flowing and how we’re feeling right now or at any given moment.
It’s my belief that by intentionally taking time to stop and reflect, can help us set markers or checkpoints that will hopefully be a way to check in with ourselves in this present moment.
But I also believe that it can contribute to how we might make sense of this time in our lives when we get to the other side of it.
I think one thought to consider right now is this: At this time, we are all in the middle of having this experience. And while we’re in the middle of it, it’s not really possible to make complete sense of it for ourselves.
As human beings, we are meaning making machines. But right now, we don’t have all the necessary data to really be making meaning of all that’s been happening.
We’re all currently in the eye of this very unusual storm and dealing real time with what the storm has brought.
So if you can picture being in the eye of the storm, being whipped around trying to ensure that everything isn’t just flying out of control and just trying to get situated enough to ride it out.
You can’t really know the outcome until the storm has passed and you’re able to see it behind you. But while it might still take some time for the bigger picture to develop, what we can do is know and acknowledge how we are doing and feeling.
In this very moment, and by taking time every so often to take a snapshot of where you are and how you’re doing in this moment, it can help to create a fuller meaning and another time.
It can also provide us with a moment to see how we’re doing at this present time, too.
I guess we can think about it as taking an emotional selfie every so often so that we can see it both now, but also have a record of it for the future.
So that’s Day Seven of the Challenging Times Self Care Challenge: Taking time today to reflect on your experience this week and also to reflect on this very moment.
Thank you for participating in these challenges!
Please share how you’re doing in general, but also how you’re doing with the challenges themselves. You can reach on Twitter or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Instagram, too. I’d love to share what you’re doing and even suggestions for a future challenge on future episodes.
Stay safe and in good health!