Introspection

Features, Self-help

Sometimes answering questions about yourself honestly can help you know a lot better about your personality.

Have you taken the time to clarify values and prioritize in moments of doubt and uncertainty? Doubted your own actions? If you have ever done these then you are no stranger to self-reflection and introspection. They are important psychological exercises through which we develop and learn from our mistakes. Today I will try to elaborate this topic a little bit wider.

What is reflection and why is it important?

Reflection relates to conscious observation and reflection on our experiences, actions, feelings, and reactions, as well as their analysis. We learn the answers to these questions by asking ourselves what we did, how we did it, and what we learned by doing it. These simple questions help shape personal beliefs and separate them from the expectations and biases imposed by society.

Our minds are visited by around 50,000 thoughts a day, and more than half of them are negative. Without trying to reorient the mind to the positive through introspection, we do not give ourselves the opportunity to grow and develop.

How to do it?

To help yourself, ask more “what” rather than “why” questions. “What” helps us maintain curiosity and a positive attitude, while “why” is more likely to generate negative emotions. As in any cases, so in introspection, you need not to overdo it, so as not to drive yourself into stress, it is better to do everything consciously and gradually.

Here are some questions for your introspection:

1)Am I allocate my time wisely?

2)Am I taking anything for granted?

3)Am I living honestly with myself?

4) Do I take care of myself physically?

5)Am I letting things outside my control strain me?

6)Am I achieving the goals that I set for myself?

5)What worries me most when I think about the future?

6)If this were the last day of my life, would I have the same plans for today?

7)What am I afraid of?

8)Am I holding onto something that I need to let go of?

9)If not now, then when?

10)What is most important in my life?

11)Why am I important?

12)Have I done anything lately worth to remember?

13)When was the last time I got out of my comfort zone?

14)What do I want most in life?

15)What would you like others to remember about me at the end of my life?

16)Does it matter what others think of me?

17)I would like to live according to these words / phrases / principles …

18)I cannot imagine life without …

19)Make a list of people who truly support you and whom you can completely trust. Then take time to chat with them.

20)What compassionate ways you have supported your friend recently. Then think about how to apply it to yourself.

21)What do you love in life?

22) Write a list of questions that you urgently need answers to.

23) Make a list of everything you would like to say no to.

24) Make a list of everything you would like to say yes to.

25) Write the words that are important for you to hear.

Vlada Polishchuk
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