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The world is full of wonderful and engaging things, but sometimes you just need to take a step back and reflect on yourself. Checking in with yourself is a great way to make sure that your mental health is doing well, and that you aren’t dodging anything that might be important.

It is also a great way to stay on top of your self-improvement goals, so I thought it might be nice to throw together a few quick tips for you all.

Download a Journaling App

The digital age has taken journaling to a new level. You can invest in an app that allows you to stow away your thoughts, reflections, and rants in a singular place. Since you can easily download one onto your phone or tablet, you are always one tap away from venting out the day’s frustrations or making a permanent record of the amazing day that you had.

Try Out Meditation

Everyone and their cousin are trying out meditation, and there really is a reason why. Meditation is all about quieting the mind and setting your intentions, which means that you are actually taking a moment to disconnect from the chaos of real life and focus on being present. Even if you don’t believe in the other benefits of it, meditation is a quick timeout that we can all benefit from.

Pick Up A Silent Hour

For most of us, as long as we are awake, our phones are in or near our hands. We know when they buzz. We know when they ring. We know if someone has liked our photo or posted a memory from college. We are all plugged in all day every day, and while there is some sort of digitally interconnected beauty to it all, the fact is that we still need a break. In order to combat this constant mental background noise, take a little time to yourself. It can be once a week or even once a day if you’re feeling particularly brave. Put the phone away where you can’t touch it and spend some quiet time for an hour if you can. If you can’t, even fifteen minutes is good enough. You’ll be surprised by how loud your inner voice becomes.

Get A Solo Hobby

Humans have an innate longing for community and acceptance, which is why we all love spending time together. While it is important to socialize, being around people doesn’t leave much time for checking in with yourself. A great way to stay active and get a little you time is to pick up a solo hobby. The right hobby can offer you the opportunity to better yourself and spend time alone with your thoughts at the same time.

A little check-in with yourself is necessary from time to time. It is an easy way for you to relax and disconnect from the constant blur that is a busy life. If you notice that you have been feeling off, or want to operate as effectively as possible, this might be the thing that has been missing from your daily routine.

The world is full of wonderful and engaging things, but sometimes you just need to take a step back and reflect on yourself. Checking in with yourself is a great way to make sure that your mental health is doing well, and that you aren’t dodging anything that might be important. It is also a great way to stay on top of your self-improvement goals, so I thought it might be nice to throw together a few quick tips for you all.

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