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Why You Should Make Time For Self-Reflection

Self-reflection is one of the best things you can do to create a positive mindset and discover a greater connection to yourself. Keep reading for seven reasons why you should make self-reflection a priority in your life.Agostina DiMartino

When was the last time you took a moment to reflect on your life? Maybe it was at the end of December when you were getting ready to welcome the new year (we all love a little end-of-the-year reflecting, right?). Other than that, there aren’t many times when we might feel compelled to spend time in self-reflection.

Self-reflection is one of the best things you can do to create a positive mindset and discover a greater connection to yourself. Keep reading for seven reasons why you should make self-reflection a priority in your life.

The truth is that many of us are so busy trying to move forward with our lives that we rarely take a moment to slow down and be at one with our thoughts. Plus, we often don’t recognize the importance of self-reflection and the impact it can have on our lives.

What if we made self-reflection part of our everyday routine instead of a yearly thing?

In my opinion, self-reflection is one of the best ways that you can shift your mindset, increase positivity in your life, and discover a greater connection to yourself.

Self-reflection has helped me to understand more about the way that I respond to situations, to not be completely oblivious to my faults, and to find ways that I can deal with situations positively instead of letting them consume me.

Today, I want to share what self-reflection really means and why being a reflective person is so important for a positive mindset.

What is self-reflection?

Self-reflection is one of the best things you can do to create a positive mindset and discover a greater connection to yourself. Keep reading for seven reasons why you should make self-reflection a priority in your life.

Self-reflection is the process of bringing your attention to what’s happening in your life in a mindful and open-minded way.

Self-reflection is all about creating self-awareness. So many of us focus on getting ahead that we don’t necessarily take time to reflect on what’s going on within us.

There are many ways to practice self-reflection, but I’ve always used writing as a way to process my thoughts and feelings. Journaling has helped me to learn more about myself by identifying patterns, habits, and regular themes that come up my life. If I never took the time to get my thoughts out of my head, I probably would not be the positive person that I am today.

Why is self-reflection important?

Self-reflection is one of the best things you can do to create a positive mindset and discover a greater connection to yourself. Keep reading for seven reasons why you should make self-reflection a priority in your life.

Self-reflection is one of the best things you can do to create a positive mindset and discover a greater connection to yourself. Here are seven reasons why you should make self-reflection a priority in your life:

1. To make sense of things

“There is no greater journey than the one that you must take to discover all of the mysteries that lie within you.” – Michelle Sandlin

Self-reflection can help you process your thoughts and feelings. When we keep our thoughts floating around in our heads, we only confuse or frustrate ourselves more. Getting your thoughts on paper can help you understand why you’re feeling a certain way and make those feelings a little easier to navigate.

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2. To uncover breakthroughs

“The soul usually knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.” – Caroline Myss

Whenever I write, I end up with some sort of solution to my problems. I recognize what I need to do next because everything is laid out in front of me. When we keep thinking the same thoughts over and over without taking action, we see our problems as bigger than they really are. By taking a moment to pause, reflect, and look within, you’ll find that you actually have many of the answers you’ve been seeking for so long.

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3. To challenge your thoughts

“Don’t believe everything you think.” – Byron Katie

Self-reflection offers us the opportunity to challenge our ways of thinking. Most of us have a tendency to ruminate on the bad things; for example, our perceived weaknesses, mistakes we’ve made, or embarrassing moments. When you actually take the time to reflect and write these things down, it’s important to ask yourself if you really believe them. Eventually, you’ll start to realize that the things you tell yourself about yourself are not always true.

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4. To recognize change + track progress

“Self-reflection is so healthy. When I record the details of what I’m going through, whether it’s a relationship issue or negative thoughts, I can look back and see how far I’ve come. It makes me proud to see my progress and how I got through a bad situation.” – Kelly Rowland

Self-reflection allows us to look back and see where we’ve come from. If you take the time to write down a few thoughts about your day, you can look back on it in weeks, months, or years later and see how much has changed. This can help you recognize that the things you were so worried about before were perhaps not so significant.


Self-reflection is one of the best things you can do to create a positive mindset and discover a greater connection to yourself. Keep reading for seven reasons why you should make self-reflection a priority in your life.

5. To increase self-awareness

“Change requires two things: a goal, and an awareness of where one currently is in order to assess the discrepancy between the two.” – Psychology Today

If you’re on your own self-improvement journey, you need to know both where you’re going and where you are right now. Without self-awareness, we can’t fully understand our emotions, values, goals, or strengths. I’ve learned so much about myself simply by reflecting on the place I’m at right now and considering how it will help me get to where I want to be.

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6. To inspire self-acceptance

“The journey into self-love and self-acceptance must begin with self-examination… until you take the journey of self-reflection, it is almost impossible to grow or learn in life.” – Iyanla Vanzant

I’m all about POSITIVE self-reflection and making sure that if I ever say or write something negative about myself, I follow it up with something good. This has helped me to increase my self-acceptance and keep going even when I doubt myself.

For example, I was having one of those days when I kept comparing myself to everyone. In my mind, I was telling myself that I wasn’t beautiful or pretty enough. I started to write because I knew this was something I needed to let go of. As I started to write down my feelings, I began to wonder WHY I needed to believe I was *pretty*. What importance did that have in my life? It seemed so inconsequential to who I am as a person. I started to write, “I just have to be confident in myself and know that I AM beautiful, inside and out.”

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7. To live with more intention

“When you’re living deliberately, you’re living from a position of responsibility; you’re making choices with greater awareness.” – Lauren Mackler

Reflecting on what’s going on in your life can simply serve as a reminder of what you do on a daily basis. Most of our days end up blending into one another, so regular reflection can be an opportunity to show you that the days are different. On the other hand, it can encourage you to think about how you can add more joy and fun into your daily life.

Read This Next: How To Add More Mindfulness Into Your Everyday



How Do You Practice Self-Reflection?

I hope this post has encouraged you to make self-reflection a bigger part of your life Remember that reflection is not about overthinking or focusing on the past – this is a time to connect with yourself and uncover your hidden depths!

Up next: How to make self-reflection a practice in your life


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Catherine Beard
Hey, I'm Catherine! I'm a mindset & self-care coach, blogger, and the creator of The Blissful Mind. I’m here to help you enjoy less burnout and overwhelm in your life so you have the time, energy, and confidence to pursue what matters.

14 Comments

  1. This was such an insightful post and SO true. Why do we limit self-reflection to the beginning of each year instead of the end of each day? Journaling is definitely my go-to form of self-reflection as well. It helps me become more self-aware, track my growth, and sometimes find solutions to my problems like you said! I would encourage everyone to journal– it’s so beneficial!

    Mia | https://www.verymuchmia.com/

  2. I’ve been practicing self reflection for almost a year, with journaling and meditation daily. This has changed my life in so many ways and everything you wrote in your post is so needed for everyone! Thank you for sharing it so beautifully!

  3. Self-reflection and journaling were my top 2 reasons why I made so much personal progress in 2017 – it’s important to take time and reflect because it not only allows you to learn from your experiences but it also gives you space and time to process LIFE!!

    Seppy | http://www.elleisforlove.com

  4. This was interesting to read because I never practice self reflection until I accomplish a certain goal. Then thats when I look back on my life and discover things I had to go through to get to that point. Things I learned, things that I should’ve done differently and of course the good in those situations. I guess I will have to get better with self reflection and not just pay attention to it when I am completing a goal.

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