It’s November, and you know what that means… another Happiness Project update. October was an eventful month for me. It was the peak of a couple goals, I ran my marathon, I had lots of coffee/lunch dates, and also some big work goals. So let’s just say that October left me feeling accomplished, but also ready for a good long sleep.
November, well needed, is based on mindfulness. I think this is a quite a hot topic these days, and meaning different things for different people. I am always so focused on the next thing, that I often forget to enjoy the thing I just worked so hard for. Whether mindfulness for you is meditation, or taking time to care for yourself, I think finding the ways that work well for you is what’s most effective. Here’s the little goals I’ve been working into my November so far:
- My Gratitude Journal. This guided journal gets you to fill it out first thing in the morning starting with what you are grateful for, what would make today great, and an affirmation. Later at the end of the day, you reflect on how it went. I love this little journal. I have always had a romantic view of writing in a journal daily… Then flash forward to an empty journal!! So buying a guided one was the key for me.
- Using my Meditation App, Insight Timer. The most effective time for me to use them is right before I go to sleep. So I’m going to make an effort to do this more, because I slept so great when I do.
- Back to the breath. This always puts me right back into the moment, and reminds me to pay attention to how I feel physically and mentally.
- Listen to what my body needs. I love to run, but here’s my promise this month… If my body is sore, stretch. If my body has a lot of energy, move. If I feel tired, lay down. The key here is not forcing something on my body, just listening to what it truly needs.
Anywho, that’s all for this month.