In January 2022, our Healthier Habits tip was to ‘Bottle the New Year!‘. We suggested writing down all the good things that happened during the year and putting them into a jar to be opened at the year’s end. If you didn’t do this but would still like to reflect on the journey that 2022 took you on, we have some writing prompts to help you look back on your year.
- What’s the first word or phrase that comes to your mind when you think about the past year?
- What was your biggest hurdle or challenge in 2022?
- How did you deal with the challenges?
- What helped you sort things out?
- What has been important to you?
- What’s a good thing that has happened?
- What is something that has surprised you?
- How have you surprised yourself?
- What are you proud of?
- Have you had any big realisations or ‘lightbulb’ moments?
- What have you learned about yourself?
- If you could go back to January 2022 – what advice would you give yourself?
- Have you tried something new at work or at home?
You can answer all of the questions or choose just a couple. You might like to grab a notepad and find a quiet space to begin, or sit down as a family or with a close friend. You can share your answers online or tuck them away to look back on in years to come. Will your answers help you to make changes in 2023, or to continue on working towards an achievement you are proud of?
January Dates –
- Chinese New Year (Year of the Rabbit) – 22nd Jan
- Australia Day – 26th Jan
The opinions and recommendations in this blog do not replace advice from your doctor or mental health practitioner. If you feel like you need further support, you can access many free mental health helplines, support websites, online counselling, web forums, interactive toolkits, one-on-one counselling and group therapy sessions. Please visit the Better Health website for a comprehensive list of services.
Mental Wellbeing at MYLI
The Healthier Habits blog is adapted from the Myli – My Community Library employee ‘Page Break’ program. Page Break is an initiative from our Manager Volunteers & Community Participation, Kathie Olden. Kathie sends out regular updates to staff inviting them to participate in simple activities and conversation starters that focus on making small changes to their mental health and wellbeing.