Month: July 2022

Rest In The True Nature Of Being – Spiritual Short

Rest In The True Nature Of Being – Spiritual Short

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70 Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj Quotes – Soul Enriching!

70 Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj Quotes – Soul Enriching!

Nisargadatta Maharaj (17 April 1897 – 8 September 1981), born Maruti Shivrampant Kambli, was an Indian Guru of nondualism, belonging to the Inchagiri Sampradaya, a lineage of teachers from the Navnath Sampradaya and Lingayat Shaivism. The publication in 1973 of I Am That, an English translation of…

Mindful Morning Routine – 12 Amazing Ideas!

Mindful Morning Routine – 12 Amazing Ideas!

Today I will be digging deep into some mindful morning routine ideas.

When is the last time you had a calm and peaceful morning? Think about that for a moment… How we start our mornings has a huge impact on how the rest of our days go. And for many of us, the mornings are far from relaxing. Quite the contrary – they’re hectic, busy and stressful.

Between rushing to get to work, or running around the house making sure our kids are ready for school, we find no time for a moment of quietude. As if that isn’t bad enough, the day ahead brings another heap of stresses and struggles and we fail to be as productive as we’d like.

Is there a way to stop this cycle of stressful mornings? Of course. How? One word: Mindfulness.

 

 

What is Mindfulness?

To keep it simple, being mindful means remaining present. Despite the hectic nature of our modern-day world, practicing mindfulness encourages self-awareness, acceptance, and taking in the moment. It allows you to truly focus on what you’re doing right now.

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Mindfulness stems from ancient Buddhist meditation teachings, but Jon Kabat-Zinn adapted the concept in 1979. Over the last few years, mindfulness has gained a lot of popularity. This may be due to more mainstream coverage, publications like Mindful, and the power of social media! After doing some research, I also found that mindfulness is often used in therapy. This is because it’s thought to help with anxiety and stress!

Top tip:

The Healing Power of Mindfulness: A New Way of Being (Coming to Our Senses) – Is an excellent book on Mindfulness by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

 

 

What are the benefits of Mindfulness?

Mindfulness has a lot of benefits for your overall well-being. It could easily be another blog post (maybe in future) – here are a few important points.

  • Mindfulness increases focus

We have a lot of things to cross off our to-do list every day. It would be simple if we could finish one by one easily. But I find that whenever I am ready to do a task, I am reminded of something else that needs to be done. It makes me anxious because it is unfinished.

Then I feel the stress rising. I am not able to concentrate on the current task. I feel overwhelmed. In such moments, I do a mindfulness meditation exercise (read below to see how to do it). It calms my mind and helps me relax. I am able to concentrate on the task at hand better.

Mindfulness helps you increase focus and concentration because you are making an effort to bring your attention to the present moment repeatedly. It even has the power to change your brain. The effect of mindfulness practice can last long even when you are not consciously doing it because new neuron connections are formed through neuroplasticity.

It’s amazing, right?

  • Mindfulness reduces stress and anxiety

When you practice mindfulness you are more aware of your thoughts. So, if any thought comes up that gives you stress you try to acknowledge it. You say to yourself “Ok. This is stressing me out. Back to the task”. So you get to respond to your  negative thoughts rather than being controlled by it. You can choose to step back from them as you are mindful of your emotional state. You acknowledge your thoughts and you are able to respond rather than react to it.

  • Mindfulness improves physical health

Research has proved that our brain has the ability to influence the body’s inflammatory responses. Our brain and immune system are interconnected. Mindfulness meditation can be used as a pathway to train our brain to control stress reaction and prevent a lot of stress-based diseases.

It also improves your memory retention, promotes heart health, improves the quality of sleep, etc. But how do you become more mindful? How to incorporate mindfulness in daily life? Read on.

 

Why practice Mindfulness?

Over the years, many benefits of mindfulness have been scientifically proven. For example, being mindful improves your mood and enhances your creativity and it also helps to reduce stress and anxiety. It also makes you more focused as you train your brain to remove distractions and concentrate on one task.

But Mindfulness also helps you to slow down and stop rushing, to stop dwelling on the past but focusing on the present. You’ll notice that you’re enjoying the little moments and appreciating life more, because you’re actively concentrating on being in the moment.

Now let’s go into the mindful morning routine ideas.

 

Mindful Morning Routine – 12 Amazing Ideas!

 

Mindful meditation

Mindfulness meditation is practiced by focusing the mind on the present and keeping your thoughts from wandering into the past and future. It focuses on breath awareness to draw attention to your body, open up your senses and anchor you into the present and your immediate surroundings.

  • Sit comfortably with your upper body straight but do not stiffen.
  • Relax and pay attention to what every part of your body is doing like how your legs are positioned and where your arms lay.

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  • You may close your eyes if you need help getting more focused and relaxed, but it’s not necessary.
  • Gently inhale and exhale, getting into the rhythm of your breath noticing how each part of your body reacts and what you’re currently feeling.
  • Open your eyes and with a soft gaze, notice your surroundings using your senses, without allowing your mind to wander. See your surroundings and free yourself of any judgment.

Meditation for any period of time, is a good meditation. So, start off small (5 mins) and build yourself up. When you feel the benefits of meditation, and how beautiful stillness feels, you will fall in love with the practice.

 

 

Resist technology

Social media algorithms are designed to hijack our minds, ensnaring us into endless, scrolling rabbit holes. If the first thing you do in the morning is open Instagram or Twitter, you’re handing over the day’s most precious moments to AI designed to distract you.

Greeted by a list of notifications each morning, we frame the first moments of our day around ‘catching up’ rather than setting up. In reality, most, if not all, of those notifications can wait until later in the day. Avoid the temptation of reaching for your phone by turning it on to a “Do Not Disturb” setting until 9am, or whenever you’re ready to start your work day.

 

Journal mindfully to know your thoughts and emotions better

Journaling lets you release your thoughts and feelings onto paper. If you don’t speak about your emotions, they may build up in your body so let it all out on the page. You can write letters to people, discuss how your felt during certain times and find what is truly working for you. You can even use your journal as a template to turn your imagination into a reality. 

Express yourself and if you can’t think of anything to write, one day, just write down things you are grateful for. This will help you to appreciate life more and hopefully take one day at a time. Be present, be here and now.

Practicing gratitude in the morning is a great way to introduce positivity to your day right away. Instead of dwelling on things that aren’t going well, focus on the many things you have to be grateful for.

Practicing gratitude daily will help you think more positively by teaching you to focus on the what is going well in your life instead of spending energy focusing on what isn’t. Try writing down 5-10 things each morning that you’re grateful for to create a mindful morning routine.

 

 

Move your body mindfully

When you move your body, you stimulate your mind. Movement can produce creativity, relaxation and help you lose weight.  A mindful morning routine could be anything sort of exercise while present and aware. I exercise first thing in the morning – I train yoga, calisthenics, HIIT, Muay Thai and run (depending on the day.), and then I walk my furry friend.

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During these stressful times, it’s best to stay physically and mentally fit so you don’t go down a depression rabbit hole, even if you just exercise for 10 minutes. So, get outside or move inside with online classes you enjoy.

 

Recite positive affirmations

Make it a habit to recite positive affirmations aloud to yourself every morning. We often don’t realise how negative our self-talk is. Affirming good qualities, you have of yourself is an amazing way of boosting your productivity. Just think about it: you wake up in the morning more or less knowing what needs to be done.

It’s a busy day ahead. What will make you feel better and inclined to work hard? Language like “I can’t be bothered with this. I’m too lazy” or “today will be an amazing day and I will tick everything off my to-do list”? The second one, right?

You can write a list of positive affirmations in a notebook beside your bed and read them every morning. Or if you prefer, on your smartphone. To give you an idea of what you could say to start your day right and be productive, here’s a post about positives affirmations for you.

 

 

Read mindfully

By reading here, I don’t just mean a book. It can be a quote or poem, anything that inspires you. Every morning, take a couple of minutes to read a few pages of an amazing book on personal development you love or a positive poem.

To read mindfully, I advise that you think about what the words are teaching you. What lessons and benefits can you learn? Another type of mindful journaling is writing down your thoughts on what you read.

Share your thoughts on what you learned and loved; it’ll stick with you throughout the day. If those words inspired you to be motivated and productive, that’ll give you the boost you need to own the day.

Top tip:

The following books I cannot recommend enough:

 

 

Take a mindful walk

Being in nature is one of the easiest ways for me to be mindful in everyday life.

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I regularly take my dog for a walk over the local lake. When I’m there, I take deep breaths, taking in the fresh air. I listen to the sounds, watch the birds, and I enjoy the smells. Depending on what weather it is, the lake always smells differently. If you don’t have the luxury of local lake, try take a walking break during the day and go to a park or the woods/forest. Notice everything around you and enjoy. You’ll return to everyday life recharged and with a fresh mind.

 

 

Take a mindful shower

Being mindful doesn’t require much effort. You can be mindful with every little task. Try to take a mindful shower. Feel the water touching your skin and notice the temperature of the water. Focus on smell of the soap, it will give a calming effect. Listen as the water hits your skin and falls on the floor. Touch your skin and notice what this is like for you. Pay attention to your feelings. Do fresh? Be aware of your thoughts and feelings as you do this. This will also enhance the need to care for yourself, which is a very good practice for your personal wellbeing.

 

Mindful breakfast

Often when we are rushed in the morning, we combine eating breakfast with another task like reading news, checking email or driving. By slowing down, being present and eating your breakfast mindfully, it is a way to bring calm into your morning for even a few minutes. Plus, your breakfast will taste much better, with no added cost or effort.

 

Watch the sunrise mindfully

This may not become an every-morning ritual, but have you considered adding more sunset-watching to your morning? It’s a beautiful thing that happens every morning, whether we see it or not. It really feels you with a warm sense of gratitude inside.

 

Open the curtains and welcome the day

Be there. Embrace the moment. Take a deep breath and open the curtains. You may also want to add in a phrase, mantra or a simple “I am grateful for today”.

 

Plan my day

I use the Journal to help me plan out my day, writing out what my goal for the day is, what inspired actions will get me there, what tasks I have to complete and I schedule it all in. My days don’t always go according to plan, but it helps to have something to guide me and keep me accountable.

 

Mindful Morning Routine – Final Thoughts

Thank you for reading these mindful morning routine ideas and tips. I hope you can successfully incorporate them into your life and allow yourself to follow your dreams. Never stop believing in you. You have the power, and determination, to be unstoppable so go grab life by the horns. Be the best person you can and treat yourself with care.

I would love to hear your thoughts on what you are doing to change your life in the coming days and years! If you have any questions please reach out to me via adam@adam-lawrence.org. I would love to hear from you! I really hope you found inspiration in this article.

 

 

 

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The Value of Silence – Spiritual Guidance

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14 Wonderful Quotes – W/C 18th July 2022

14 Wonderful Quotes – W/C 18th July 2022

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Overcoming Sleep Anxiety – 16 Natural Tips to Help! 

Overcoming Sleep Anxiety – 16 Natural Tips to Help! 

Today I will be talking about overcoming sleep anxiety.

For some people, it happens like clockwork: Their anxiety is manageable during the day, but as soon as their head hits the pillow, every possible bad scenario plays out in their mind.

Falling asleep is hard enough during this difficult year, but can feel impossible when you’re constantly letting your worries occupy your full attention.

For a number of reasons, it’s not surprising that most people might have a hard time getting a good night’s sleep on occasion.

There are all the usual tricks to get yourself onto the sleep train: counting sheep, deep breathing, and putting your phone away.

But for those who live with chronic anxiety or deal with intrusive thoughts, getting rest is a different level of challenge that requires a little more creativity and experimentation.

In this post you will learn about ways to calm your mind, how to reduce racing thoughts, minimise the effects of stress or anxiety, and get back to sleep and resolve insomnia with some effective relaxation techniques.

You don’t have to lie awake all night, every night. Here’s how anxiety messes with our sleep, and how you can fight back.

Disclaimer: I am not in any way a certified councillor/therapist, therefore all advice given is from my own experience and should not be taken as medical advice. 

 

 

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is one of the most common mental health problems in the United Kingdom. Even if you don’t meet the clinical criteria for an anxiety disorder, I’m sure you’ve experienced some of the hallmark symptoms from time to time:

  • uncontrollable worry
  • trouble concentrating
  • insomnia
  • rumination or obsessive thoughts
  • muscle tension
  • stomach aches, headaches, back aches, gastrointestinal problems
  • blushing, sweating, trembling
  • feeling on edge

Anxiety can also include panic attacks, specific fears, flashbacks, compulsions, or social anxiety.

 

The symptoms of anxiety at night

No matter the time of day you experience anxiety, the symptoms are usually pretty similar. These can include:

  • A sense of impending doom, danger, or panic
  • Nervousness or irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • An increased heart rate and rapid breathing
  • Sweating
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Gastrointestinal problems

If anxiety is making it hard for you to sleep, you may also have symptoms of insomnia, such as:

  • Nonrestorative sleep (sleep that doesn’t leave you feeling refreshed)
  • Low energy
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty at work or school

 

Overcoming Sleep Anxiety – 16 Natural Tips to Help!

There are numerous strategies for relieving night-time stress and anxiety before bedtime. If you’re feeling too stressed to sleep, these approaches can help you relax.

Some people may only use one or two of these relaxation strategies, while others may practice a combination of them.

If stress and sleep are a chronic concern, your physician can help you determine what the best approach is for you.

 

Engage in mindful activities

There are many practical things a person can do to help alleviate feelings of anxiety.

I often concentrate on things such as challenging of maladaptive thoughts and in-turn behaviours, acceptance and mindfulness (just to name a few)!

Mindfulness in particular is often used to engage in something with full awareness whilst being present in the here and now.

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This can be incredibly grounding and cause you to focus about what’s happening right now, rather than ruminating on what might happen.

There are myriads of things to that a person can engage in mindfully, such as cooking, meditation and yoga.

These activities be seen as a natural remedy for alleviating feelings of anxiety and the best part is – we often do a lot of these activities anyway!

 

 

Meditation

Meditation is a mind and body practice with a specific focus of attention and attitude that lets thoughts come and go without judgment.

Meditation is a known strategy for treating insomnia. There are several types of meditation.

  • Mindfulness meditation is the process of observing feelings, thoughts, and emotions as they pass without judgment. A big part of this is being able to be completely present in the moment, not allowing your focus to wander to other thoughts. If you are just beginning with meditation, this may seem difficult but it will get easier with practice. It has been shown to reduce sleep disturbances in adults.
  • Body scan meditation is a technique of slowly concentrating on parts of the body and noticing any sensations or pains. To practice this technique, you should focus on a specific part of your body, one at a time. This can either be a systematic scanning, from head to toe, or a more random scanning of the body parts making a connection with the floor. Let your attention be focused completely on your body.
  • Guided meditation is when one is verbally guided through a meditative experience and encouraged to visualise a calming location. These guided meditations can include music and nature sounds to assist with relaxing. You can find guided meditations on many popular apps, including Headspace and Calm.

Meditation can be done any time before bed, and it can also be done during the night if you find yourself unable to relax.

 

 

Deep Breathing

Deep breathing can be another component of meditation as well as a relaxation technique you can use any time. The goal is to take slow, even, and deep breaths.

Though there are many structured practices for deep breathing, including the box breathing exercise, you can begin very simply:

  • Step 1: Inhale your breath (to a count of 4)
  • Step 2: Hold your breath (to a count of 4)
  • Step 3: Exhale your breath (to a count of 4)
  • Step 4: Hold your breath (to a count of 4)
  • Step 5: Repeat

Different practices may incorporate counting breaths and adjusting the time breath is held before exhaling.

 

 

Progressive relaxation

  • In a quiet place, sit or lie down in a comfortable position.
  • Take a few gentle breaths, in and out.
  • Begin tensing groups of muscles one at a time as you breathe. Hold the tension as you inhale, then release it as you exhale. Take a few breaths as you notice (and enjoy) how relaxed each muscle group feels.
  • Start with the muscles in your head, neck and face. Move down to your shoulders, hands and arms, back, stomach, buttocks, thighs, calves and feet.
  • Repeat for any areas that are still tense.

As you go through this exercise, feel the presence and absence of tension so you can spot lingering tension and do something about it.

 

Write everything down

If you’re feeling anxious or stressed when you first get into bed, try writing your thoughts down to try and alleviate some of those feelings before you try to sleep.

“Think about your day and write down what went well, what didn’t, whether you can do anything about it and what you need to remember tomorrow,” recommends Sue Peacock, consultant health psychologist and author, specialising in sleep issues.

These factors are usually the ones that keep us awake, but by doing this we have had the chance to process the day before going to bed.”

 

 

Create a sleep routine

Try to establish a night-time routine to improve sleep quality, as well as your ability to fall asleep in the first place.

This may reduce the likelihood of experiencing anxieties during night time hours.

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So, aim to go to bed around the same time each night and get up at a regular time as well.

It’s also a good idea to head to bed at a time that will allow you to get 7-9 hours of sleep.

 

 

Keep a routine in the day

You may be working from home, or have children who are away from school, but try to maintain some control on your sleep/wake sleep schedule which is important in periods of unrest.

Not only will the routine keep you focused, it really does help to keep the body’s internal body clock in sync.

Don’t nap or sleep in whenever you want. It throws your schedule off track and the extra sleep could make it even tougher for you to fall asleep at night.

 

Get up and out of bed

You should only stay in bed if you’re planning on going sleep. You don’t want your brain to associate your bed with anything but the impulse to sleep, so if you’re suffering insomnia, get up, sit in a chair, or go to another room.

Top Tip:

The Sleep Book: How to Sleep Well Every Night – Is an excellent book on this subject

 

 

Exercise during the day

Of course, this requires planning ahead a little, but the National Sleep Foundation recommends exercising a bit during the day to help you fall asleep at night.

According to the NSF, even a single moderate-intensity workout, like a brisk walk, can improve sleep among people with chronic insomnia.

 

Get as much natural light as possible

Working from home, social distancing or even self-isolating may mean you’re struggling to enjoy being out in the natural light – this in turn can negatively affect your mental and physical wellbeing.

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Where possible try to go out for a quiet daily walk, spend some time in the garden and open the windows for fresh air.

If you’re working from home, try to position your work area near to a window.

Natural light – even on a cloudy day – helps reset our internal body clock and make us more alert

 

Bedroom environment is key

Don’t neglect the basics when it comes to sleeping better. Your bedroom environment plays a part in achieving a good night’s sleep.

It should be cool, quiet and dark and make sure you sleep on a comfortable, supportive bed. Keep computers and clutter out of the bedroom – this is a room where you should feel calm and clear headed.

 

Stay away from devices

It’s well-known fact that we should stop using electronics an hour before bedtime due to the blue light emitted.

However, we also advise you don’t use them as the activities we do on them can keep us awake and alert.

Given the current crisis, you may find watching the news or social media feeds quite distressing or worrying so avoid watching in the run up to bedtime if it’s likely to make you feel more anxious.

 

Monitor your media consumption

If you feel anxious or worried after reading the news or scrolling through social media, take a mini vacation from your accounts.

Turn off notifications from news and social apps to lessen the temptation to check your phone.

If you want to stay informed, set up a timer for 10 minutes in the morning to get caught up.

Otherwise, try to avoid reading articles and posts before bed.

Instead, opt for a feel-good book or podcast you enjoy to help you feel more at ease.

 

Write out a to-do list

If your anxiety is stemming from all the things you need to get done tomorrow or during the week, writing out a to-do list can help, the NSF says.

Instead of allowing your brain go over all the things you’re afraid you’re going to forget, write them down so your brain can relax and let you get some sleep.

 

Reduce caffeine and alcohol intake

One is a stimulant, and one is a depressant, however both can amplify feelings of anxiety.

Caffeine can trigger feelings of anxiety and alcohol can make the underlying causes of anxiety feel worse.

Therefore, it is important to limit intake of both of these substances to ensure you are not enhancing any feelings you have.

 

Speak to a professional

If you are constantly experiencing night-time anxiety and are struggling to cope, consider speaking to a professional.

Reach out to your local doctor or psychologist or consider an option like Lysn, who provides access to trained psychologists via phone or video chat which can be accessed from the comfort of your own home.

These types of services can be instrumental in providing the support and strategy needed to help to eradicate your feelings of night-time anxiety.

 

Overcoming Sleep Anxiety – Final thoughts

It’s not always possible to be at our best all the time. But if anxiety is causing your mental health or your sleep to suffer, then it cannot be ignored.

There are options you can try at home to manage anxiety and improve sleep, but if that’s not enough, then don’t be afraid to seek additional help.

You shouldn’t feel ashamed about taking care of your sleep, or your mental health.

I would love to hear your thoughts on what you are doing to change your life in the coming days and years!

If you have any questions please reach out to me via adam@adam-lawrence.org. I would love to hear from you!

I really hope you found inspiration in this article.

 

 

 

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Self-Care Evening Routine – 30 Amazing Ideas!

Self-Care Evening Routine – 30 Amazing Ideas!

Today I will be talking through some ideas for self-care evening routine and the importance of having one. How many mornings do you wake up without hitting the snooze button on your phone or alarm clock? How many days do you wake up feeling content,…

Meditation Body Scan – Ultimate Guide!

Meditation Body Scan – Ultimate Guide!

Today I will be sharing with you, my knowledge with regards to a meditation body scan practice. This is a deep and full exploration of body scan, a meditative exercise that calls your awareness to each part of your body for total relaxation and rejuvenation.…

100 Journaling Prompts for Self-Realisation!

100 Journaling Prompts for Self-Realisation!

Today I will be sharing 100 journaling prompts for self-realisation.

Self-realisation journal prompts can enlighten us to our purpose and help us learn a little more about ourselves – who we are, our needs, hopes, and dreams. It’s also a powerful tool for personal growth reflection, and a form of fun therapy.

Journaling can resolve multiple issues festering inside your mind, it can be a way to climb out of a creative rut, and it can also be a way to truly get to know yourself. Journaling without a true purpose in mind can seem insignificant, but when you take those twenty minutes you spending journaling to practice self-realisation, it can be highly beneficial to moving you in the right direction.

Journaling is not only a fun way to practice mindfulness, contemplate, and explore the world of ideas. It is also a creative way to stimulate personal growth and improve the quality of our lives. Journaling is a type of self-care.

 

 

What are journal prompts?

Your self-realisation journal will have thoughts, ideas, and answers to questions that get at the core of your beliefs, values, interests, quirks, and even your faults, too. The goal is to dig deep and have you come face-to-face with your truth, also with your shadows and deepest fears.

Journaling can be just keeping a record of your life but, to me, the real magic happens when you use it as a way to express your thoughts and feelings. Journaling prompts are a great way to get to know yourself, as you answer each question another part of the puzzle that is you emerges.

As you go along your journey you will be able to look back and reflect on what you have written. You can journal daily or whenever the mood strikes and you can use prompts to get you started or just let your mind go and see what comes up.

 

Benefits of a self-realisation journey

Happiness starts with knowing yourself. Who are you at your core? What do you want the most out of life? Answers to these kinds of questions can take some serious thought and introspection. But discovering those answers is so empowering. Knowing yourself is beneficial in so many ways.

When you know yourself, you can care for yourself in the best possible way. You can make the right choices and do what’s best for you without getting so influenced by others. You can make better decisions and ultimately create more joy.

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By creating a better life for yourself, you can help and positively influence other people as well. For example, if you like writing, then write! Share your thoughts and ideas. If you truly enjoy writing, then guaranteed people will like reading what you wrote – like attracts like.

Your happiness in life is everything, and knowing yourself is paramount to being happy. So, when you set the intention to begin a self-realisation journey, know that is an act of self-care. It’s not selfish to discover what brings you joy. Your happiness really does affect the entire world.

 

What to know about the self-realisation process

As you begin your self-realisation journey, remember that you are constantly growing and evolving. We all are, as nature intended. What you feel to be true today may shift for you six months from now. 2 Years from now. Or even tomorrow. That’s perfectly normal.

The self-realisation process can surprise you. On your self-realisation journey, you may find that your true self is slightly different than you thought. For example, perhaps you always wanted to be more popular. You held the belief you weren’t social enough.  But upon getting to know yourself better, you realised you’re actually an introvert. If you really wanted to be more social, you would be. But you don’t, so you’re not. So, what do you get out of a realization like that? Self-acceptance.

As you get to know yourself, you may also find your beliefs have changed. Or your relationships aren’t what you thought them to be. You may discover new priorities in life. You may uncover hidden talents, or find new joyful hobbies. So much goodness can come out of the self-realisation process.

 

It is therapeutic

Journal prompts require reflection, and therefore, can be immensely healing. Similar to psychotherapy, we ask ourselves important questions that help us understand and accept ourselves for who we are. They help us become more aware of our own triggers, blockages, and limiting beliefs and can be catalysts for releasing anything that doesn’t serve us.

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This type of journaling has a positive impact on mental health and emotional wellbeing, gradually helping us heal and grow from our experiences. This way, it can help us deal with everyday hurdles, stress, anxiety, and depression in a gentle, positive way.

Journal prompts for self discovery are a perfect self-therapy tool as they have a similar effect that a conversation with a psychotherapist has; they are just more private, and more comfortable as we are healing ourselves. Journaling with these prompts are especially suitable for those who would like to work on themselves and heal, but are sceptical about therapy.

 

How journaling can help you know yourself

Self-realisation journal prompts can help you to know who you are at your core. They can help you see what truly brings you joy, and what does not. When you write about yourself on paper, you can get a real clear view of what’s going on inside you. You can organise your thoughts on paper, which can be very helpful.

Journaling about yourself can help you identify what you want and need. And what you value. Journal writing about yourself can help you map out goals and make plans to improve things in life. Journaling can also help you to see what you need to let go of or move on from.

In all of these ways and more, self-realisation journaling prompts can provide you with mental clarity, focus, and the information you need to live your best life.

 

100 Journaling Prompts for Self-Realisation!

Self discovery journal prompts are real food for thought and a wonderful self care tool. Here are some you can try journaling about today – Have fun!

 

Journal Prompts to Get You Unstuck

  • What are the things that you don’t need or use but still keep? Why? What if you let go of them?
  • When was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone and felt great?
  • Is there something from your past you keep ruminating about and can’t seem to let go of?
  • The thing I wish I did way earlier is__________________.
  • What area of your life do you feel the most stuck right now? What needs to change to get you unstuck?
  • What awakens the procrastinator in you?
  • Do you have any unfinished projects? Which ones? Why are these on a hiatus?

 

Journal Prompts for Personal Integrity & Identity

  • The world would be a better place if_______________.
  • What kind of person do I strive to become?
  • What is the last news or a post you saw that warmed your heart?
  • What virtues need to be more cherished in today’s society?
  • How would you describe your lifestyle?
  • I firmly believe in________________ because____________.
  • What can you do to live more authentically?

 

Self Discovery Journal Prompts for Being Right Here, Right Now

  • What is your phone usage daily average? What are your phone activities?
  • What stresses you out the most right now?
  • What are the things you are the most grateful for?
  • What is the current season in your country? Open the windows or step outside. Observe nature and write down what you see. What is the weather like? How does the air smell? Write it all down.
  • What is your favourite smell?
  • What are your usual distractions?
  • If you could describe the energy in your room right now, how would you describe it?
  • Sit in a calm, quiet place where no one can disturb you. Focus on every part of your body, starting from your toes to the top of your head in your mind. What goes through your mind?

 

Journal Prompts for the Visionary in You

  • How do you see yourself 10 years from now?
  • What do you daydream the most about?
  • What would your ideal day be like?
  • If you won a million on the lottery, how would you spend the money?
  • What are your goals for this week?
  • How content are you with where you are and where you are headed in life from 1 to 10? Why?
  • What places are on your travel bucket list?

 

Journal Prompts for Cultivating Self-Love

  • Let’s do a quick pep-talk. Write down your favourite things about yourself. Is it your eyes? Your sense of humour or empathy?
  • When do you feel the most confidence in yourself?
  • What is your definition of self-love?
  • What makes you proud of yourself?
  • What is so great and extraordinary about being you and not someone else?
  • What is your ideal weekend like?

 

Self Discovery Journal Prompts for Self-Care and Wellbeing

  • When was the last time you treated yourself to a spa day or a massage?
  • How do you recharge after a long week?
  • When do you feel the most relaxed?
  • Write down 5 small things that are good for your wellbeing and that you can accomplish every day, but you always procrastinate doing?
  • What is the bad habit that you’d like to ditch? How would your average day be if you didn’t have this habit?
  • What self-care or beautifying ritual do you enjoy the most?

 

Journal Prompts for Self-Awareness

  • Would you describe yourself as an organised and disciplined person?
  • Do you resonate with your zodiac sign and why?
  • What about your behaviour would you like to change or improve the most?
  • Are you a “still water runs deep” or an “open book” type of person?
  • How would you describe your style?
  • My personality is a mix of_________________.
  • Do you follow your head or heart?
  • If you were a fictional character, who would you be? What do you have in common with this character?
  • Are you a team player or a solo mastermind?

 

Journal Prompts for Relationships With Others

  • Have you found your soul tribe? What would people from your soul tribe be like?
  • What is your love language?
  • How do your friends make you feel? What do you love about them? Why did you choose them to be your friends?
  • What do you offer in a relationship?
  • Write down key qualities you look for in a partner.
  • Time to check your boundaries! What are behaviours that are an absolute no-no in your relationship and friendship book?
  • How would you define unconditional love?
  • What is the most beautiful heartfelt thing someone has ever done for you?
  • How do you deal with domineering and toxic people?

 

Self Discovery Journal Prompts for Healing

  • Think about the last time you felt extremely triggered by someone? Can you dissect what is it that made you feel triggered? How did you respond? What can you do next time a similar situation occurs to stay balanced regardless?
  • If you could talk to your guardian angels and ask for help, what do you ned help and guidance with this very moment?
  • What is the most painful experience of your life and how did you manage to heal?
  • What is the bravest thing you have ever done? How does that experience make you feel now?
  • What are the things that lift your mood?
  • I forgive myself for______________________. I have grown so much since then.
  • When an inner critic starts bragging, what do you usually do to calm that voice?

 

Journal Prompts for Cultivating a Growth Mindset

  • Let’s talk growth. Let’s appreciate how far you’ve come and how much you’ve matured. In what ways is the “new” you better than the “old” you?
  • What skills and hobbies would you love to try but haven’t and why?
  • What book or movie has left the biggest mark on your life? How has it changed your perception of the world we live in and human nature?
  • What is your greatest accomplishment in life?
  • What was your last “AHA’” moment of enlightenment?
  • Where do you find inspiration?

 

Self Discovery Journal Prompts for Joy

  • What are some of your favourite memories with loved ones?
  • Write down five things that make you happy.
  • The most embarrassing but fond memory I have is when________________.
  • What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
  • What crazy thing would you like to try?
  • What always makes you laugh?
  • What is your definition of a good time?

 

Journal Prompts for Manifestation

  • A positive new start is coming into your life! What is this new start about?
  • What do you want to manifest the most right now?
  • What is your dream job?
  • Sketch or google your perfect home. Imagine having all the resources you need and write down all the details you need. The sky is the limit.
  • What can you do today to change your life for the better?
  • What is holding you back from following your dreams?

 

Self Discovery Journal Prompts For Reflection & Growth

  • If you could change something in your life right now, what would it be? Why?
  • What positive things do you need more of in your life right now?
  • What are the most valuable life lessons you have learned in the past 6 months?
  • What do you have very little tolerance for?
  • Are you on the right path in life? What does your intuition tell you?
  • What is your spirit animal?
  • If you knew you’d be supported to do anything you’d like to do, but feel that you can’t, what would it be?
  • What was the best part of your life so far? Why?

 

Journal Prompts for the Inner Child

  • What did you love to do the most as a child?
  • What is the happiest memory of your childhood?
  • When you were little, who was the person you felt most connected to?
  • If you could time travel and talk to your younger self, what would you say? How would your younger self react?
  • What part of your upbringing are you thankful for?
  • What part of your upbringing created difficulties for you that you had to overcome growing up?
  • When do you feel most in touch with your inner child?

 

100 Journaling prompts for self-realisationFinal thoughts

As you can see, these journal prompts for self-realisation should get you going. The goal here is to increase your awareness and discover more things about yourself.

There is no judgment, right or wrong answers with journaling. All you have to do is to write for yourself. Remember that journaling comes with several benefits on an individual level and these prompts are only suggestions to help you get started.

I would love to hear your thoughts on what you are doing to change your life in the coming days and years! If you have any questions please reach out to me via adam@adam-lawrence.org. I would love to hear from you!

I really hope you found inspiration in this article.

 

 

 

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