The Abundant30 facebook group is up and running, we’re working through big conversations, blocks, words, and important self-realizations. As the day’s go on (today I shared the 4th prompt, often a shortened version on IG and the long-from on Facebook) I realize just how formative and important self-reflection and writing are to process feelings and brain-habits. I’ve been including journal prompts, and I wanted to share days 1 and 2 here.
These will be telling, hopeful, helpful, and beneficial to you wether or not you do/finish the Abundant30 or not.
Creating these kind of entries in your journal will give you a North Star to turn back to. A space to remember what fuels and heals you, and who you are. At your core.
If this feels overwhelming I encourage you to just set a 10min timer for each of these two prompts. Write what comes up for those ten minutes based on these ideas.
What foods feel good?
❤Write three meals that embody some of your foods that feel good.
What movements feel good?
❤Choose (at least) two workouts/walking times/home movements/times to get on your mat that are movements that you enjoy (dance? Yoga? Weight lifting? Walking slow with your dog?)
What music feels good?
❤Click around pandora or Spotify (or let me do the work for you, Autumn Meyer on there) and find a Spotify playlists you love. Start playing them.
What are thoughts you want to have?
❤Begin to cultivate a thought swap list. Start with thoughts you want to have. Write at least two down. Say them out loud.
That’s it. If you feel inspired to do one of those movements, make those meals, and begin to embody those thoughts YES. If you’re feeling run down and tired, hold that. Know what foods you’re abstaining from this month (if any) but otherwise, just meditate on these ideas and take some deep breaths. Each days prompts should take you around ten minutes❤
FWIW: my brain, body, and self acceptance feelings are in a Bit of a whirlwind so I’m not abstaining from any specific foods and instead I’m listing foods I love and feel good, but I’m thinking of not specifically eliminating anything. However, this is a good 30 days to give a short eliminations try if you’re feeling capable mentally for that. I suggest not eliminating more than two or three things (gluten/sugar, alcohol/dairy, etc) because it can be hard to not make that the sole focus, unless that is already your dietary norm.
Today’s prompt is to help you firmly root to our strengths (a super important thing! The more you identify your strengths, the more they become something you claim as Truth about you, and the more they really are unflappable realities of your personality). Our words and the way we think create our brain pathways, create well worn positive ones.
What are you good at in terms of health? This is not exclusive to heath in the way media portrays it. It is holistic. Health encompasses mental health.
For example; I am great at eating veggies and greens when they are in my home. I love them, love how they taste, and love how I feel when I eat them. I am also great at follow through. When I set my mind to something, I do it.
Those are two things that I used to see as “meh I’m so/so” about. But as I realized that I really do possess those strengths I began to adopt them into my daily lexicon when I talked to other people about myself, talked to my husband about myself, and how (most important!) I *think* about myself.
This isn’t about calling your weaknesses strengths. It’s about stripping off some of the negative thinking that has become incredibly habitual and looking more clear eyed at your actual actions.
Here are some jumping off points of things that maybe are true for you (these aren’t all true for me, just ideas to get your brain going);
- I am great at self-starting.
- I am consistent with exercise when I decide to be.
- I am amazing at cooking whole foods.
- I am a motivator.
- I have self control.
- I am a researcher, I know why I am doing the things I do.
- I care about my body and it’s well being.
- I understand balance.
- I am great at showing up to my therapy appointments.
- I am a self-advocate for my health, mental and physical, at my doctor.
- I prioritize my med’s.
You get the idea! You might feel like those come with a lot of disclaimers or caveats (“I’m only good at those things when ____”). Eliminate those. Think only of your actions, while you act. What are you GOOD at.
If you are struggling to think of something, a good place to start is to think back on a time in your life that felt healthy, strong, or in some way Well. What did you feel good at then? It’s still in there.
Give these a go! Let me know if you do, they’re more than worth 20 minutes of your heart and time. You’re worth spending time being thoughtful about what you love.