My Life in Words
Let's talk about issues we all struggle with in our daily lives.
Self care - Something we have been neglecting for over a year. Self Care can be broken into 3 parts; Mental , Physical, and Emotional. Many of us have been working from home for almost a year. Our self care is non existent. It is hard to get moving when we have so many restrictions. Start with a small goal. Mentally you can read a new book, meet a friend for a walk, focus on the postive, and make sure you are taking your medication daily. Emotionally we can treat ourselves to a home spa day, hot baths, our favorite meal, start a creative project, take an online art class, or learn a language. Physically it is hard to get motivated to start moving. Start small, 10 minutes, three times a day or once a day to start. Pick one thing and add it to your routine, more water, 10 minute walk, less, sugar, just start. It is not a selfish act to start focusing on you. If we take care of ourselves first, and become the priority, we are better prepared to take care of others. Treat yourself with love, and don't beat yourself up for taking time for yourself.
We communicate daily in life at work, with friends, and those we live with. Many times we are waiting for the other person to stop talking so we can we respond. Not really listening to what the other person has said.
Using reflection in a conversation can help us to become a better listener, and improve our communication skills. It helps us to show others that we are listening and that we care about what they are saying. Used correctly reflection improves conversations in a positive way, and moves the conversation forward.
The tone and body language used in your reflection sets the goal of your conversation as well. Using reflection in a conversation sounds like this, " I hear you saying that..", then add " It sounds like you feel...", bring it home with " You're telling me that...".
It takes practice, feels awkward, and uncomfortable. With time it can improve your listening skills and reflect your empathy for others in your life.