What to Think or Journal About This Month


February is a beast for many of us – cold and dark, and it’s difficult for some people to literally see the light at the end of the tunnel (spring WILL come – I’m at least 97.9% sure). However, it is a good time for reflection. The Holidays are well behind us now and whether you’re happy or disappointed by that fact, the truth is that this is the s-l-o-w-e-s-t time of year for a lot of people. You might as well think about some things; it’s gotta’ be better for your brain than binge watching television while simultaneously binge eating macaroni and cheese (or whatever your favorite comfort food is). Bingeing is rarely a good thing and thinking is rarely a bad thing, if done responsibly.

  1. What could you do to brighten the day of someone else?
  2. When was the last time that you played anything – played cards, played hookie, played an instrument, played with your dog…?
  3. How do you know that your stress is reaching critical mass? Think eczema, insomnia, reckless spending, etc. I smell smoke, but I’ve never met anyone else with that particular “tell”.
  4. What are you in the habit of labeling as “good” or “bad”? Examples might be certain types of food, doing anything except working, sacrificing everything for your family, spending money on yourself, forcing yourself to volunteer for a charity when you don’t even have time to go for a 10-minute walk, etc.
  5. How are you going to spring clean this year – literally and figuratively?
  6. Are you building others up or dragging them down?
  7. Are you REALLY breathing? Are you ever aware of your breath? I bet you are now. Stay with that for a minute.
  8. What is your anger a crutch for – hurt, disappointment, fear?
  9. How can you ease into and out of your days this week? Do you jump out of bed with your mind already racing, and climb into bed exhausted at the end of the day with no transition?
  10. Do you wish others well in a very generic manner? Let’s try to think of each person that we care for and wish them something specific – strength to get through medical tests or procedures, peace and quiet to heal from a loss, self-confidence to start a new job…