Charting your journey, is a vital part in developing your sense of self and your identity which underpins the feelings of safety and confidence. As you go through the second module on this journey of self-discovery, we will deepen your understanding of the intricate tapestry of your life experiences to build a picture of how they have informed who you are today and why life can feel worrisome or scary at times.

One impactful way to gain insights into your personal narrative is by creating a lifeline—a visual representation of your journey through time. This self-reflection task allows you to chart the highs and lows, significant milestones, and pivotal moments that have shaped who you are today. By drawing your lifeline, you embark on a unique exploration of the roots of your experiences, paving the way for a deeper understanding of yourself and, in particular, the origins of any anxiety you may be grappling with. Join me in creating this visual narrative.

 

Grab an A4 piece of paper and some pens or a pencil.

  1. Create a Timeline: with your paper turned to landscape, begin by drawing a line, from left – right horizontally across the page in centre of the page. This line represents your life.
  2. Label your line: Label the end of the line on the left as 0 years old, this represents the day you were born. Label the end of the line on the far right of the page, as your current age, this point represents the present.
  3. Mark Significant Events:
    1. identify and mark key events of the lifeline, placing a mark on the line with the age above the line and in a few words, the event that took place, below the line. Place them along the timeline in chronological order by drawing a mark and writing the age the event took place, above the line, and in just a few words, the event that took place, below the line.
    2. These events can include significant milestones, achievements, challenges, or impactful experiences. Consider what is significant to you. There is no right and wrong answer. Allow the memories and images to emerge and trust yourself.
  4. Colour-coding or Symbols: Consider using different colours, symbols, or annotations to represent the emotional tone or significance of each event. This can help you visually identify patterns or themes in your life.
  5. I’d like you to mark on the lifeline your earliest memory of feeling anxious.

 

When you have completed the lifeline, I’d like you to take a few minutes to look over it and absorb how that feels.

Notice any emotions that come up and any bodily sensations.

Try to allow these feelings and sensations to be present, knowing and trusting that they will naturally pass and it’s really good to feel them. You are getting to know and experience you at a deeper level. It’s okay if you feel upset or angry. It can be quite confronting to see your life laid out in front of you in this way.