End of Year ‘Personal Inventory’
Reviewing how you felt during the year will assist you in moving forward – view it like a report card for your mental wellbeing.
Taking some time to reflect on the past – before we plan ahead for the future – is beneficial. No doubt you agree that those who do not learn from history, are bound to repeat the same mistakes. If you find yourself repeating your goals from last year, then now is likely a good moment to assess your progress and see if your aspirations and desires are still aligned. Set periods throughout the year to pause, stand back, and examine where you have been and where you are heading, just like you may review your budget or organisational goals every quarter.
In this way, an end-of-year evaluation of your emotional wellbeing and self-care can help provide insight into what you want to improve in the coming year ahead, in order to make improvements in your life. Taking stock of your emotions allows you to analyse your thought patterns and behaviours and can assist you in making those positive changes in the future.
Creating an end-of-year review
First, see this review as part of your self-care. It is time spent with yourself to evaluate your life, your emotions and your goals. Why not put the kettle on, make yourself a cup of herbal tea and sit down in a quiet space as you write the answers to the following questions:
What went well last year?
What was your most outstanding learning experience?
What are you most proud of this year?
What are the highlights of your year?
What might you have done differently?
Is there something that you wanted to do this year but were unable to accomplish?
What do you want to accomplish this year?
What was the emotional tone of the year?
Were there any emotions you tried to avoid?
What emotions would you like to feel more of this new year?
Is there anyone to forgive, including yourself?
While reviewing the above questions, please remember to include the positives that you have felt this past year – it’s important not to overlook the good things we experience, as gratitude is one of the most powerful emotions on earth.
Last but not least, remember that while this post is regarding an ‘end-of-year review, you don’t need to wait for each new year to come around before you can take an emotional inventory – do this exercise as often as you need to – in fact, many people find it helpful to do a brief monthly review.
Taking a ‘personal inventory’ of your emotional wellbeing is helpful to reveal specific patterns of thought and behaviour. Examining your feelings can help you to be more at ease with your emotions and they become easier to handle. It also leads to greater authenticity and improved relationships.
If you are struggling with emotions and feel overwhelmed by your thoughts, it may be time to seek professional help. Reaching out and speaking with a psychologist is not a sign of weakness – it’s a sign that you want to live the best life you can and are willing to work hard to accomplish your goals. Our team of experienced psychologists are on hand to provide evidence-based solutions and techniques to help you cope with life’s challenges.
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