How To Reflect On Your Summer Break
Hello! I’m back from what seems like a really long break. I took the whole of the school Summer holidays off with my children and it was a bigger challenge than I thought it would be, so I am spending time this week reflecting on what worked, what didn’t and what I want to learn and remember for next year. Even if you have had the best time off with your children I think it’s really good to reflect on it, so that you can repeat what worked!
Each month I spend time doing a Good, Bad, Better exercise for my work, life and family. I share it with my husband and together we work to always be growing and living life more fully. What I love about this exercise is that no matter how the month has gone there will always be something on the Good list. It helps to lift me and see the positives before I look at what didn’t go so well and how I can do things better the next month.
I am using this same technique for our Summer Holidays. I ended the holiday feeling exhausted and pretty down and it was hard to think about all the good things we had done together and all the happy memories we had created.
To help kick-start my reflections and to boost my energy levels and happiness, I started by asking my children for their Summer Holiday Gratitude List. Hearing what they had enjoyed and what they were grateful for really lifted my spirits and filled me with joy.
This week I am ordering some prints of our holiday photographs, which is also helping me to see that it was full of so many good times. I am writing notes on what went well and I am not just focussing on what went well for my children but I am also thinking about what worked for me too. My early morning meditations were a lifeline and they also brought me a lot of joy.
Next I will be thinking about what didn’t go so well. For us, this was mainly to do with our two children’s autism and their meltdowns, anxiety and sleep issues. It is hard to predict how things will be for them next Summer but I want to really think about the times they struggled, so that I can think about doing some things differently in the future.
I also know that I didn’t have enough time for myself this Summer and by the end it really started to show in my patience and energy levels, so that is something I will be thinking about for next year.
I hope that however your Summer was, that you will take time to reflect on it, so that next year it can be even better! xo