This topic is going off my last post “Put Emphasis on You.” Self-Reflection definitely helps put the focus on you. I believe it is important to do this activity I say once a day, but I know it can be hard in this busy world, so at least try once a week.
So what is it? Self-Reflection is examining your own thoughts, feelings, goals, motives, values, and actions. It is about learning who you are, and what life means to you. I think it important to know these things about yourself.
So why is it important? It can cultivate a positive mindset. It can lessen anxiety, depression, and any other negative emotion. It can help you be less critical of yourself. It can also help you achieve your goals, and help strengthen your career. Being able to reflect on yourself, you can learn your strengths and weaknesses, your triggers, what truly makes you happy, what you really want out of life. Knowing your strengths can help you utilize those strengths to help achieve the things you want in life. It can also help you see yourself in a more positive way. Knowing your weaknesses can also be helpful. It can teach you to learn from them and improve, which can help you grow personally and mentally. Being able to overcome your weaknesses can build character and improve your self-esteem.
You can also learn that some weaknesses can not be improved upon, but you can learn to accept them, because we are human, and we come with strengths and weaknesses. We should learn to accept them both. Self-Reflection is about having a better sense of yourself, learning to perceive yourself in a better way. I don’t think we take enough time to sit down, and learn about ourselves. I know it is hard in this busy world, but it is worth it for inner peace and happiness.
Making time to reflect on who you are can help you mentally, personally, physically, and spiritually, and isn’t that worth it? Life is stressful right? Life can be depressing sometimes right? If you are able to sit down and reflect. You can be able to pinpoint exactly what is stressful and depressing, ruminate over it, and learn from it, you may be able to accept things, and come to peace with it, or you may find a way to make things less stressful or depressing. Introspection is an important tool in life. It is a tool that can help you become happier and calmer in life.
One thing you can do is use a journal. This can help you reflect on your day and life, and you can see how much you grown, and what you learned. It is always interesting to look back on things, and see how different your mindset is, or how you thought something was bad at the time, but now you are fine. You can also do a self-reflection board, putting your goals, dreams, strengths, weaknesses, things you love, dislike. You can get a visual of who you are. In self-reflection it is important to asks yourself questions. I found some questions online, and I made my own questions to post here to guide you on the self-reflection journey. Good luck! I hope this is helpful.
- Am I using my time wisely?
- Am I taking anything for granted?
- Am I employing a healthy perspective?
- Am I living true to myself?
- Am I waking up in the morning ready to take on the day?
- Am I thinking negative thoughts before I fall asleep?
- Am I putting enough effort into my relationships?
- Am I taking care of myself physically?
- Am I letting matters that are out of control stress me out?
- Am I achieving the goals that I’ve set for myself?
Found these questions on https://positivepsychologyprogram.com/introspection-self-reflection/
- What positive thing happened today?
- What did you learn today?
- What obstacle did you have today? How did you cope with it?
- What did you learn about yourself today?
- Are you in a place of peace and calm today?
- Were you stressed today? Why? Would it still bother you a week or month for now?
- Did I have negative thoughts today? What was it? Is there a way to see it in a more positive way? Is there anything you can learn from it?
- Is there something I can work on about myself?
- Say one positive thing about yourself?
These are my own personal self-reflection questions.