I can’t believe that the first half of the year has already come and gone. With the way 2020 has been going, I decided to implement a new mid-year wellness check in with myself. It was something I had never tried before, but felt it would be a great idea to start doing. This year I have been placing a huge emphasis on my overall wellness and this has helped me get an honest feel for where I am at on this wellness journey.
I have seen a lot of people do monthly check ins for their goals and to assess how the previous month went. This inspired me to do a mid-year wellness check in with myself. This check in has allowed me to recap everything that has happened in the last six months, and go through each category of wellness that I have been focusing on. It helped me process everything and I knew I needed to share these tips with you too!
My Top Mid-Year Wellness Check In Tips
There are a ton of ways that you can do a mid-year wellness check in. The ultimate goal is to find a method that works best for you. My goal with this activity was to process and move closer to achieving overall wellness. I have also seen a ton of people just check in with their goals for the year. I find that since I don’t do New Year’s resolutions, this wouldn’t serve me as much.
Summarize The Year So Far
This was the first part of my mid-year wellness check in. This was sort of like a journal entry for me where I listed any memorable (good or bad) point from the last six months. I wanted to use this as a timeline/reference point for where my feelings, success, and failures from the year have stemmed from. I just used bullet points and got to work recalling as much as I could remember from 2020 so far.
Recall What Has Gone Well
At this point I went over what my word of the year is (prosper) and how I have prospered so far. I picked a few points from different categories that contribute to my wellness (health, relationships, work) and praised myself for the success I have had in each area. Some of the things listed here included points that might have been extremely hard/not seemed great in the moment but turned out to be a blessing. These points have all contributed to moving me forward on my wellness journey and grew me in ways I was not expecting.
For reference, here are some things I wrote about:
- Taking BIG risks on myself – investing in my business and leaving bad situations
- Creating a budget (and sticking to it)
- Focusing on self care and putting myself first
- Exploring new interests
What Can I Let Go Of?
In this section, I listed some things that did not serve me or do not help me feel my best. This can be bad parts of the year or bad habits you have adopted. I wrote down a few things that I feel like have been holding me back this year. Some things I am choosing to let go of for the next six months are my perfectionism and putting other people before myself.
How Is My Health?
There are multiple components to health. One thing I decided to focus heavily on at the beginning of the year was being the healthiest version of myself possible. I wanted to treat my body better than I did last year and I knew there were a few areas that would contribute to doing this. The two forms of health that I have been really focusing on are mental and physical health. So I did a mid-year wellness check in on these two areas.
Where is my mental health at?
Under this category I really focused on how I was feeling. Have I been stressed or feeling overwhelmed? What would be contributing to these feelings? What triggers any negative feelings and what helps me feel better? You know yourself best so your questions might be a little different than mine.
Where am I at with my physical health?
I summarized how my physical health has been throughout the last six months under this category. I listed a few things I have done well and some areas I can improve on. I listed some things that make me feel my best (being active, eating whole foods) and when I feel sluggish or bleh. I have been focusing a lot on abandoning my emotional eating habits and learning intuitive eating. I also wrote about these goals in this section.
What Are 5 Things Am I Proud Of?
I wanted to applaud myself for some things that I intentionally worked on this year so far. I then picked a few points that might have been lower, and found a positive in each of them. This allowed me to see that even in the hard parts of the year, there was still something good.
I put the positive twist on each thing because positivity is something that I struggle with and this helps me to focus on the good. It also allowed me to give myself some grace. Do whatever makes you feel best.
How Do I Want the Next 6 Months to Look?
This was probably my favorite part! I was able to dream big and visualize the next 6 months. This would also be a good place to evaluate any goals you set at the beginning of the year. Are they still something that you want? What steps can you take in the second half of the year to get you closer to the person you want to be at the end of the year?
I hope that you find a mid-year wellness check in as helpful as I did. The most important thing to remember is to give yourself grace. Don’t be hard on yourself if you didn’t complete everything you wanted to in the first six months. Shift your focus and set achievable goals.