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Journaling for well-being: Identify your values

Each month I host a free 'Journaling for well-being' workshop. It's 30 minutes of support and inspiration for your journaling practice. We focus on two techniques:

1 - Wild writing, a free-style journaling method.

2 - Utilising guided prompts around a particular theme.

The theme for the session was understanding and exploring your personal values.

What is most important to you?

Your values act as your inner compass, your personal northern star.

Living in alignment with your values creates inner peace and contentment. Knowing what’s important to you helps you make (and feel confident about) decisions, supports your well-being and builds confidence and overall happiness.

When you’re living, and working in alignment with these values, you have a grounded sense of self.

Defining your values and being deliberate about how you fulfil them can give you greater clarity about what you want and don't want.

Values can help identify why you do what you do. They are activities, behaviours, beliefs, qualities or goals that you believe are important. They affect the choices you make and the sense of satisfaction with the outcomes of these choices.

What makes your heart sing?

The prompts below offered a chance to identify or explore a value of yours and seek ways to live more in alignment with it. Try them for yourself, or take one to spend a little longer on.

  1. What do you first think of when talking about 'values'?

  2. What makes your heart sing, brings you innocent joy or lifts you?

  3. What breaks your heart, makes you angry or gets your blood boiling?

  4. What matters to you most right now? Write down the first 5 things that come to mind.

  5. Highlight the key words or phrases that stand out, noting any themes. Pick one to focus on.

  6. Describe how you are living in alignment with that value today. How and where does it show up in your life?

  7. What happens when this value is being challenged or neglected?

  8. What happens when you're living in total alignment with this value?

  9. How does this value help or hinder?

  10. What action can you take to live more in alignment with this value?

Enjoy this month's theme and I hope to see you next time.

Take care of yourself.

Gemma x

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