Mayo Clinic Wellbeing Checklist
In this time of COVID-19 related restrictions on social gatherings and constantly changing news about case rates and vaccines, it's easy to feel anxious, overwhelmed, and isolated. This is especially true when you're dealing with a medical condition like MCI that also has a TON of unknowns. Back in April and May, starting here and ending here, we posted a series about developing a resiliency roadmap to build and sustain resiliency in this crazy time. Today, we have a few more tools to suggest for that toolkit.
Mayo Clinic Well-Being Checklist
It can feel like simply too much to try and make big changes toward better wellness in a time like this. But what about selecting a few "micro-behaviors" that only take a few minutes and are easy to do? The Mayo Clinic Well-Being Checklist (below) is a great tool for this. The checklist consists of 6 micro-behaviors that are associated with increasing happiness and feelings of well-being.
- Purposely focus your mind on 3 things that went well today. This helps shift us to a more positive frame of mind.
- Focus your mind on one difficulty from the day, and then give yourself compassion and directly let it go.
- Directly recognize someone else for the good work they've done, or how they enrich your life (this could be an email, thank you card, etc.).
- Look around you and seeing who might be struggling, or in need of a pick me up, and then reach out to that person.
- Think back on your own actions over the day or week, and reflect on one way you acted that aligned with your values.
- Finally, simply direct your attention to your own well-being by purposefully taking time to rest and recharge your batteries.
I encourage you to take a few moments this week to try a few of these simple behaviors, and then see how you feel afterwards!