By E. Blaine Guelde, CRNP, MS, AGACNP-BC
Welcome to 2019! Some of us are so happy that 2018 is over and are happy we made it through. Others are in a “good” place and might be anxious about what the new year will bring. Similarly, making resolutions works for some but not others. Instead of making a resolution this year, consider doing a self-evaluation to identify the things that are REALLY important to you followed by an evaluation of where your time is spent.
I recently did just that with the Living Values Questionnaire. The results were shocking. I’d been spending most of my time on values that weren’t actually very important to me. And the important values? They’d been neglected for a while, I realized. Before making your New Year’s resolution this year, consider completing the questionnaire and remember to keep the results handy. I found, rather quickly, that I slipped back into old habits without this reminder. A quick reference to the results was what I needed to keep me on track.
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Take some quiet time to yourself today and prepare to start the new year more aware. Then with that awareness, set yourself up for a year that’s in alignment with your values and reserve the time for those values. Make this the best year yet embracing the values that mean the most to you.
For a copy of the questionnaire, download the pdf here.
Used with permission: Wilson, K. G. & DuFrene, T. (2009). Mindfulness for Two: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Approach to Mindfulness in Psychotherapy. New Harbinger: Oakland, CA.
Initial validation in Wilson, K G., Sandoz, E. K., Kitchens, J., & Roberts, M. E. (2010). The Valued Living Questionnaire: Defining and Measuring Valued Action within a Behavioral Framework. The Psychological Record, 60, 249-272.
About the Author: E. Blaine Guelde, CRNP, MS, AGACNP-BC
Blaine is the Director of Integrative Clinical Services and a Nurse Practitioner at the Center for Integrative Medicine, part of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner who specializes in Integrative Medicine. She has extensive experience in pain management, ICU care and the integrative care of seriously ill hospitalized patients. Blaine’s expertise combines an understanding of complex medical issues with a patient-centered and wellness-focused approach. Her special interests include the integrative care of pain, depression, anxiety and illness-related stress. She particularly enjoys collaborating with her patients to develop practical and effective individualized wellness plans. She has a Mater of Science in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University and Certification as an Adult-Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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