The importance of self-reflection

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It is so easy to get caught up in the day-to day aspects of life and forget to pause, self reflect, and look at the bigger picture. Slowing down and taking time to think about your life is extremely helpful in creating a better sense of who you are, who you want to be, and how you will get there.


Self-awareness
Self reflection helps to build emotional self-awareness, you gain a better understanding of your emotions, strengths, weaknesses and driving factors. Once you understand important aspects of the self, you become better able to adapt to changing situations and tough circumstances.

Integrity 
When you take time to reflect on your core values, you increase your integrity. Having a clear understanding of what values you deem most important puts them at the forefront of your mind and strengthens your decisions.

Openness for new ideas and change
Our lives often become a cycle of doing and producing. When we are always acting and moving from one thing to the new we sometimes forget to stop and think. Taking time to think allows for new ideas to emerge and counters the risk of becoming stagnant. New ideas and continuouschange, not matter what your situation, is necessary.

The positive effects of writing
Writing is not only beneficial for your health, but also positive for your self-reflection process. You get things out of your head and clear your mind, which can relax you and give you more creative and analytical potential. It forces you to frame your thoughts into written content, which simultaneously pushes you to think deeper about a challenge or emotion. Further, you gain insights you would otherwise miss, especially since you’re keeping track of your thoughts and thinking. And journaling is also a very powerful problem-solving tool, especially for complex problems.