The Value of Self Reflection

When is the last time you checked in with your HOW?

SELF REFLECTION: self-re·flec·tion, noun; meditation or serious thought about one’s character, actions, and motives.

Life is busy. Some days busier than others; but most days, it is enough to just keep your head above the water. All of the running will eventually take a toll on you, leading to burnout, dissatisfaction and ultimately, depression.

Did you know? Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting about 40 million adults from ages 18 and up, or 18.1 percent of the population every year, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

Why self reflect? As life is flying by, one must get back ‘home’ to themself every once in a while. The one thing that is consistent is that we are constantly changing everyday. We need to prioritize tending to our soul, not just our outer physical appearance. When we neglect our self reflection practices, we remain stagnant, or stuck in the same old rut. Without self reflection, nothing will change. However, this is exactly where we seek out ‘numbing’ coping mechanisms to avoid having to deal with sifting through the proverbial muck.

Sounds pretty serious, right? The good news is that practicing self reflection is an easy routine; it just requires time, patience and the ability to ‘show up’ for yourself.

You can start by asking yourself these questions:

  • What made this year good? Bad?
  • Did I achieve everything I set out to achieve?
  • What surprised me – good or bad?
  • What did I learn?
  • What did I do well?
  • Where did I falter?
  • What do I want to change for next year?

The questions do not have to be those specifically, but tailor the questions to your life. Implementing a practice of self reflection can have tremendous benefits in a short amount of time.

For guidance through self reflection, book a free 15-minute consultation with our Spiritual Life Coach, Holly Onorato.