After spending a successful month discussing #MSAwareness, it’s time to get back on track with our wellness journey. In January, we covered the importance of self-improvement with a chronic illness; and in February, discussed using self-compassion to work through difficult personal goals. This month, we’re moving onto the importance of self-reflection.
Self-reflection needs to be included when taking the time to make improvements. We need to ask ourselves important personal questions: why
I will frame most of this month through the lens of chronic illness, with my main example being MS. Chronic illness greatly impacts the questions we must ask ourselves and the honest answers we need to give.
What is Self-Reflection
Simply put, self-reflection is taking a few moments to examine your life from a distance. This internal reflection includes: why you think certain thoughts, why you feel a certain way, or the way you react to situations. An external reflection
This practice of self-reflection goes as deep or as superficial as you want. In fact, it’s rather natural for us to do it on an
If you practice religion or spirituality, your prayers or meditation are forms of self-reflection. When speaking to your higher power with a request or desiring a connection to them, their response or your internal monologue functions as self-reflection. In meditation, your thoughts lead you down a reflective path.
Bringing in science, self-reflection is one of the most important things you can do for yourself if you want success in your goals. Self-reflection gives an honest assessment of yourself and your life. Many successful people take time to check in with themselves a frequent basis. Are they happy with their
Self-reflect is not a one-size-fits-all sort of thing, but it will get you on the path you need to find personal success with your goals.
Psychologically speaking, self-reflection is critical for success in goal-making and goal-keeping. It helps a person to recognize the difference between their goal and not completing it, and then taking the necessary steps to complete their personal goals. Self-reflection, like stress, can push a person into moving forward to succeed.
The Importance of Self-Reflection
As a woman who grew up in New England, I find it difficult to be comfortable with the “selfish” practice of inward reflection. I am afraid of the negative stigma attached to any “self-serving” behaviors. When taking a moment for yourself, you are neglecting others or prioritizing your needs above theirs.
Despite the current cultural push to encourage women to be focused on their needs, I grew up in an in-between space that discouraged female empowerment and encouraged it. So it’s confusing to want to do selfish things to become a better person.
Let’s be honest: Self-reflection is a rather selfish exercise. It’s important and necessary if you want to make positive life changes.
- You check in with yourself and your goals
- Pushes you forward and provides motivation when you start to lose momentum
- Grants the necessary time to approach a problem objectively rather than from an emotional standpoint
- Provides the necessary perspective to ourselves and goals
- Gives you the opportunity to learn on a deeper and more lasting level
- Challenges (in a positive way) your deep-set beliefs
We will be slowly working through self-reflection this month: from dealing with a chronic illness, parenting, tips for practicing self-awareness, and acknowledging how difficult it will be to engage in self-reflection and how to manage it.
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