It’s that time of the year again. A time to review and reflect—to see just how far you’ve come, and to decide what’s next. A time to face both the good and the bad, then move forward with hope.
What is Self-Reflection?
Self-reflection means to analyse parts of your life—also referring to inward reflection or self-introspection, much like looking into a mirror and describing everything. It’s a necessary part of our journey in life and plays a crucial role in becoming the best versions of ourselves.
The Benefits of Self-Reflection
Greater Sense of Self
Stronger Decision-Making Skills
Ways to Practice Self-Reflection
1. Identify the important questions
Think of the questions you want to ask yourself as an assessment before you begin, i.e., What did I accomplish this year? What could I improve on next year? How do I feel about the year overall?
It doesn’t need to be perfect and may even be uncomfortable. Focus instead on your breathing and take time to be still.
Once you have taken time to quiet yourself, it helps to start putting thoughts and feelings on paper. Journaling is a great way to help you organise your thoughts.
4. Take a walk out in nature
Being in nature is proven to improve your mood and clear your mind. Reflection is always best done in a calm environment.
5. Assess what you’re grateful for
Taking time at the end of the year to feel grateful is an excellent way to reframe your thought process when heading into the new year.
6. Perform a self-check up
Assess yourself and different areas of your life—from career, love-life, hobbies to fitness and decide if you are happy with your efforts in the year.
7. Set specific goals
After reflecting, it’s time to set your goals for the year ahead. Setting specific goals can help you take action that will bring you closer to what you are looking to achieve.
Wishing you a Happy & Fulfilling New Year ahead!