The 3 Things That I Learned This Week (12.03.23)

Happy Sunday!

Each and every Sunday I spend time reflecting on my week and planning for the week ahead.  

This week has been a journey of self-discovery and learning. The three key lessons I’ve gleaned offer valuable insights into personal growth and well-being. Here’s an exploration of these lessons and how one can learn from them.

1. Don’t Focus On External Circumstances

Lesson Learned:

Life is unpredictable, and external circumstances often lie beyond our control. This week, I was reminded of the importance of focusing on what I can control — my actions, reactions, and mindset. Whether it’s a traffic jam or an unexpected work challenge, fixating on these externalities can lead to unnecessary stress and unhappiness.

How to Learn From It:

Practice mindfulness and acceptance. Acknowledge your circumstances without letting them dominate your thoughts. Engage in activities that ground you in the present moment, like meditation or journaling. Remember, resilience is built not by avoiding challenges but by adapting to them with a positive mindset.

2. In A Busy Season (like the Holidays), You Still Have to Focus on Your Health

Lesson Learned:

During the hustle and bustle of busy periods like the holiday season, it’s easy to neglect personal health. I learned that neglecting exercise, proper nutrition, and adequate rest can lead to burnout. Your health is the foundation upon which your ability to enjoy life and cope with stress is built.

How to Learn From It:

Make health a priority, even in busy times. Plan and prepare healthy meals in advance, schedule regular exercise, and ensure you get enough sleep. Remember, taking care of your health is not a luxury — it’s a necessity. Even short walks or brief meditation sessions can significantly impact your well-being.

3. Get Out More

Lesson Learned:
In a world increasingly dominated by screens and indoor activities, getting out more has profound benefits for both mental and physical health. This week, I realized how staying indoors affected my mood and productivity. Stepping outside, even for a short time, can refresh your mind and provide a new perspective.

How to Learn From It:

Incorporate outdoor activities into your routine. Whether it’s a morning walk, a weekend hike, or simply enjoying a cup of coffee outdoors, make an effort to connect with nature regularly. Exposure to natural light and fresh air can improve mood, increase creativity, and reduce feelings of stress.

The lessons from this week serve as a reminder that personal growth is a continuous journey. By focusing on what we can control, prioritizing our health, and embracing the outdoors, we can lead more balanced and fulfilling lives. Remember, every day is an opportunity to learn and grow.