When we were in grade school, we were supposed to take a few minutes every day and write in our journal. It was a few minutes for some self reflection. Do you remember what you used to write?
Mine was always about the day before, how I played with my animals or my sister. You know back when life was simple.
In a time like a pandemic, it’s so important to take a few minutes to remember what’s actually important. Whether you journal or just think about it is totally up to you, but taking that time will really strengthen your mindset.
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A self reflection routine
For me, I prefer to go through my little routine in the mornings. My routine requires a specific mechanical pencil, two specific notebooks, my planner, my coffee, and some time alone.
All of this takes place at a certain time, after I’ve finished my morning routine, fed our dogs, and ran any errands I needed to run. Yes, I do this after my errands so that I can focus.
What do I journal about?
I definitely don’t write about the things I wrote about in grade school. It’s more about my thoughts on my business goals at this point. I also go through all of my plans throughout the week and re-evaluate to make sure they are in alignment with what I need to accomplish.
This is the time I make changes to my plans, present and future.
Why does this help during a pandemic though? It helps me realize everything is going to be OKAY. It may not be great right now, but we will get through it.
This little self reflection routine helped me work through some MAJOR anxiety when Covid-19 first became a thing we were all aware of. For about a week, I could barely get off the couch. After I started this exercise, I was back to my normal self within a few days. It’s crazy how that works. It’s like I just needed to see in writing that I’m going to be okay.
Self reflection probably will look different for you though.
Everyone’s personality is different. I’m more goal oriented, and need a step by step plan at all times. If I have to venture away from the plan, I need to be able to have a plan B.
Maybe for you, though, you need to write down your thoughts and feelings about your anxiety in order to work through them. For some people, doing so helps them give up the things they can’t control.
Or maybe you need to journal at night to help you think through the day and sleep soundly.
Whatever works FOR YOU.
You don’t have to write perfectly complete sentences and paragraphs. No one but you will see your journal. Writing things out simply helps to visualize and map out your anxieties so you can eliminate them.
You don’t even have to keep the journal. Rip up the pages and throw them away once you finish in the morning. I do that all the time.
After we get through this pandemic, it may be something you keep up.
But if it isn’t that’s totally fine too. Whatever you need to do for YOUR self care.
And as always, I’ll be here to photograph your boudoir session, but more importantly remind you of how perfect you are just the way you are, when it’s over. Check out my schedule here when you’re ready.
Stay safe and remember you’re absolutely perfect just the way you are.
Tracy Lynn is a boudoir photographer for brides-to-be in the St. Louis area, and a mentor + coach for photographers looking to level up their businesses with better systems and processes.