Self reflection helps to identify your emotions, actions and behaviors in any situation that you may face. which improve your self awareness and resilience. however Being busy in life and its ups and downs make us neglect our own self!
With life and work pressures, stress increase and affect our daily routine until it becomes a routine by itself to experience continuous stress. A bad meeting, a crucial conversation, bills need to be paid, and so on. That initiates the inner Self-talk starts which leads to stress.
Stress leads to emotional and physical disorders such as; depression, anxiety, insomnia, headaches and more!
What is Self awareness?
Self awareness is simply giving time to get along with yourself. Seeing yourself in life as if you were another person observing you. It is about focusing on the reality of your behavior and not on the story you tell yourself about yourself.
What is self reflection?
One of the reflection definitions; Serious thought or consideration.
Self-reflection-in simple words- looking at yourself from a mirror to assess your behavior, feelings, emotions, and reaction regarding an event.
Why self reflection is important for your self awareness?
Self-awareness is important to manage and permanently change your life. Regular practice of self-reflection can help you take the right actions to achieve your goals in the future.
The goal of self-awareness is to feel relaxed, happy and lives your life in calmness. It is to learn and know about yourself. Self-reflection considered an essential learning tool about yourself.
How to practice self reflection?
As I said you can and should apply self-reflection in every aspect of your life. However, I advise my clients in life and executive coaching session to start with 10min a day then gradually increase it when it becomes part of your inner system to reach the level that you do reflect right after the event or situation you been though. I will give you six simple questions you can start with;
- What is the issue?
- What did I felt, seen and heard?
- How did I react?
- What was the impact and outcome of my reaction?
- How could I have reacted differently?
- What my reaction will be in a similar future issue?
Being in control of your mind and body is an important factor to reach any goal you set for yourself, hence have is a strong self awareness is an essential skill you should build and empower. I help my clients during life coaching, executive coaching and career coaching in Dubai, KSA, Egypt to excel self reflection.
Start today to observe yourself and reflect, I recommend recording your self-reflection using writing, voice or video recording tool. That makes it simple to retrieve it in the future. You can use the Modelawer app to set a goal with your reflection outcomes in order to stay aware and reminded. Start with 10 min a day preferred to be evening time and in a relaxed quiet place to avoid any distraction and gradually start to repeat reflections through-out the day.