The year 2020 marks the end of a decade and the beginning of a new era. And as with all time passing and every new year that comes up on the horizon, it’s a perfect time to consider a few of your own self-care exercises, and how you can tailor your approach or tactics to fit the goals you have for this upcoming month, year, and decade. One incredible therapeutic tool that you can use (or might be using already) is journaling. Writing out your thoughts and feelings in some form of a journal is a great way to limit the crowded and tumultuous swirl of thoughts that might be really overwhelming your mind right now. And there is no better time to reflect on your journaling exercises than during the start of a New Year, and the resolutions and self-progress that come with this landmark time. 

Being a transition from the 2010s to the 2020 makes this New Year an extra special time to reinforce some self-reflection and new beginnings, as we enter a new decade with new goals, new experiences under our belt, and a new future to look forward to. And effective self-reflection is something we take pretty seriously here at Accepting Therapy in Chicago. So here are a few journaling exercises to help you reflect on the last decade and begin the New Year feeling inspired.

  1. What are some things you accomplished over the decade? Take the time to think back about the past 10 years and the things you have accomplished. You won’t remember everything, and it might feel a little daunting to try to flush out the bigger accomplishments, but you know there are some things that you are proud of, that you can reflect on and point to.  Journaling about the accomplishments you have completed, the barriers you have overcome, and the things you are proud of will help to improve your self-esteem and increase your own ability to not only recognize your personal strengths, but appreciate them. Spend the time to reflect so you can effectively journal — you may be surprised by how much you have accomplished.
  2. What experiences impacted you most? Think back to the most memorable times or experiences in the last decade. Whether it’s some of the bigger life events you have experienced this decade or some smaller moments that are still distinct in your mind, both positive and negative; it’s important to reflect on all of the impactful experiences that come to mind as you reflect on your past decade. As you journal, think about how these moments have shaped your life and impacted your journey, and how they have shaped you into the person and soul you are today.
  3. What lessons did you learn? A crucial aspect to effective self-reflection is considering the lessons you learned, and the progress you made as a maturing individual. In ten years, everyone learns something and everyone makes progress through their experiences — now, you just need to consider and acknowledge that progress. Journaling is an excellent way to do this, so try to reflect back and remember the person you were at the beginning of the decade. Think about where you were at, the friends you had, what you were doing with your life, the way you approached thoughts and situations, etc. What is different now? You don’t need to consider your past self as better or worse, just younger and less experienced. Considering your past experiences and the things you learned from them during this decade will help you remember how much growth has happened and the lessons you have learned that contributed to that growth.

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We hope these journal prompts provide a good starting point to help you reflect on this past decade and start the New Year with heightened self-awareness. Accepting Therapy in Chicago is dedicated to helping our clients feel better in any way we can, whether that’s through our incredible counseling services based in Chicago or little self-help tips and tricks that we like to share in our blog posts. Check out our blog post next week for some more New Year’s journaling tips! And if you have more questions or would like to schedule a counseling appointment at Accepting Therapy, call now!