Purposeful Pause

Written and illustrated by Abby Meyer

“Take a few minutes at the start of each day or in the evening to pause and think about what matters most to you,” Chrstine Whelan says. “Then, make a plan for how to make it happen.” Whelan, a clinical professor at the UW–Madison and author of “The Big Picture: A Guide to Finding Your Purpose in Life,” advises making a daily purpose statement to guide your day.

While there are many ways to pause, it is more important than ever to make time, even for just a few minutes. The Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin recommends taking purposeful pauses to reset. Finding moments to reset your day will leave you feeling more fulfilled as you accomplish your goals and practice your values. “Think of it as a purposeful pause!” Whelan says.