Evaluate Your Life Day!
Happy evaluate your life day. You may have the inclination to approach this day negatively – or in a critical fashion. Traditionally, when we hear “evaluate your life” it has a negative tone suggesting we should pick out the negative aspects of your life and change them, but really you should use this day as a way to evaluate both the good and the bad in your life. Don’t just set goals around areas you wish to change about your life – but use today to appreciate all the good things you have manifested in your lifetime. Luckily, we have put together a guide of ‘Evaluate your life’ best practices for you so you can celebrate this day right!
Self-critiquing can become a burden on your mental health if you are not doing it correctly. When practiced judiciously, self-critiquing can be a path to exponential personal growth. If you are blind to your negative traits you will never be able to change them. But on the other hand, being over critical can cause you to become stuck in one place forever and will prevent personal growth due to the inability to accept anything other than perfection. It is important to understand the delicate balance here.
We came up with 6 questions for you to ask yourself so you can properly evaluate all aspects of your life. So find some time alone to answer these 6 questions (This can be done written or in your head). One thing to remember – don’t starve your positive qualities during this exercise. Focus equally on the good and lacking areas of your life.
1. Am I happy with who I am?
2. Do I still have goals? What am I doing to achieve them?
3. How are you as a friend, partner, and parent/child?
4. Do you allow yourself to rest, or take breaks?
5. How do you feel about change?
6. Do you think you have more to offer?
Once you have spent some time answering these questions – pat yourself on the back for all the positive things in your life, and then devise a plan to address the areas of yourself that need some attention.
Here are some actions you can perform to improve your answers to these questions:
1. Am I happy with who I am?
- Practice gratitude in your daily life – actively giving thanks can help you recognize the wonderful people, things, and opportunities in your life.
- Fill your life with laughter – leave room for laughter in your daily life.
- Come to terms with your flaws – confidence is key to happiness.
- Identify what you love about your body – having healthy body image can go a long way in helping you be happy.
- Exercise and eat healthy foods – improving your diet can help your mind and body thrive.
- Pursue hobbies and activities that interest you - hobbies and interests give you something to look forward to outside of work.
- Do I still have goals? What am I doing to achieve them?
- Choose goals that are worthwhile, achievable and specific.
- Set deadlines to accomplish your goals
- Reward yourself for accomplishing your goals – and then set more!
- How are you as a friend, partner, and parent/child?
- Share a secret – this is a way to show you trust and value the people in your life.
- Treat your friends like grown-ups – it can be challenging not to tell people what they should do, but sometimes being a good friend is respecting your friend’s autonomy.
- Accept that no relationship is perfect – accept that fights are a normal part of any relationship.
- Be there – be there physically for the people in your life when they are going through hard times.
- Do you allow yourself to rest, or take breaks?
- Schedule time for rest – designate time in your week to for relaxing.
- Treat yourself – have a spa day or take yourself out to dinner. Anything that will allow you to take a break from your normal stressful routine.
- How do you feel about change?
- Be dynamic! – when dealing with changes make a list of the positives that come with the change.
- Practice meditation and mindfulness – this can help you make peace with your emotions towards change.
- Do you think you have more to offer?
- Reflect – stop and think about which areas of your life could be flourishing more if they were given the proper attention.
- Be deliberate – be picky about where you place your energy. Bring more to the table – but make sure it is the right table.
We hope this guide can help you celebrate ‘Evaluate Your Life Day’ in the most beneficial way possible. Share this blog with your family and friends so they can evaluate their lives too! Enjoy your growth.