My story of solo introspection days

  • a better daily schedule
  • improved happiness for my family and me
  • being more healthy physically and mentally
  • a better sense of purpose and direction personally and professionally

How it all started

Since I remember, I recall favoring time for introspection. With time and responsibilities piling in, introspection time was harder to get until reaching a point of full halt. Then an external trigger brought back the introspection thought. That was a sabbatical — one extra month — leave offering from the company I work for, Transifex.

A view of Mount Parnonas from my first trip

How is it all planned?

Choosing a location is closely related to isolation and getting away from distractions. So far, I’ve only done that during the summer; thus, I choose a mountain retreat that tends to be less crowded.

Mountain village view from above in a green scenery
Kosmas Village (1150m alt.), where I stayed on my first trip

A day of introspection

My introspection days at the destination of choice consist of long walks in nature, rest, and a snack when I feel to it. I have my notebook along with some water and dry food snacks — if needed. I usually set a goal for trekking when I wake up and try to follow it as best as possible.

Lake view with a bench in from
Sitting by Lake Doksa, taking notes.
Taking breakfast at Chalet in Feneos before the walk (910m altitude)

What did I get from all this so far?

These trips have been beneficial for my mental health. I appreciate every moment of a walk in nature — whether my mind is set on an issue or just enjoying amazing scenery — . That connection with nature is something I try to bring back to my family throughout the year. An outcome from last year’s introspection days was a goal for a family trip once a month.

Family trips, circa October 2020🤘
Affirmation: “Always trust my instinct, use my brain to make it work”
My most important affirmation as presented in the app “My Affirmations”

Next steps with introspection days

Introspection days have been a positive outcome loop for me so far, and I intend on keeping it. So far, the format shared above has been helping, and my family and I can clearly see the impact!

A big fat “Thank you.” ❤️

All of the above journeys wouldn’t be possible without the support of my wife! I fully appreciate the level of understanding and caring that my wife provides me with. Nothing would be possible without your help ❤️.

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Mike Giannakopoulos

Mike Giannakopoulos

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Thinker, solver, experiences aficionado. Remotee worker, product Manager for hackthebox.eu. Always strive for self-improvement and balance.