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5 Ways You Can Practice Self-Reflection To Uncover Your Best Self

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When was the last time you took a pause to self-reflect on your life? Maybe it was at the beginning of the year when most of us saw how the past year has been. But other than that, there aren’t opportune circumstances or rewards for practicing self-reflection. Firstly, it isn’t an easy thing to practice. And our phones and devices make it so easy to hurry forward rather than being at one with our own thoughts.

But self-reflection is a crucial skill (especially because it is rare & difficult to practice in the screen-run Earth) for self-development. Self-reflection gives room for shifting your mindset, allowing some positivity in your life, and becoming more self-aware. Self-reflection has allowed me to examine my life from an external lens, question my unhelpful beliefs, and helped me respond to difficult situations effectively. 

But how do you even practice self-reflection and make it a regular habit? In this article, I will give you 5 methods that you can use to inculcate self-reflection in your everyday life: 

1. Find A Self-Reflection Activity That Works For You

I know there are tons of blog posts and self-help advice out there that lists activities you should do for self-reflection. But there is no one way to live an examined life. Journaling with old-school pen and paper works wonders for me. But my friend finds the same thing in doing a daily mediation practice. Many people find that writing a regular gratitude journal helps them in self-reflection. The only goal of self-reflection is making you pause and think about your life from a distance. It hardly matters what activity you choose to accomplish that. It may be trial-and-error in the beginning, but you will find an activity that you enjoy and that helps you with self-reflection the most. Just stick to that activity. 

“Remind yourself that you cannot fail at being yourself.” – Wayne Dyer

2. Schedule A Meeting With Yourself

If it’s not on the calendar, you won’t do it. Schedule and block time on your calendar for self-reflection. This is the best way to not allow “life” to get in the way of living an examined life. It doesn’t have to be a lot – you can schedule even just 10 minutes in the beginning. But no backsies. This time is for you and not for moving around to tomorrow’s to-do list. This way you are held accountable and it will make you more committed to developing a habit of self-reflection. Starting small is a good way to ensure you stick to the practice. Earlier, I used to block time for 10 minutes and write. Every week, I increased this time by 5 minutes until I reached the ideal 30-minutes or so that suits my needs. 

3. Use Self-Reflection Questions As Your Resource

There are many days when my mind is too loud but I can’t seem to write anything in my self-reflection practice. My mind goes blank. This is when I use the various self-reflection questions available online to my aid. This gives me a simple list of questions to ask myself. It also assists me in getting out of the slump and noticing the bigger picture. Many times our minds are too busy to find the right questions to ask ourselves. This is when online resources can help. I find most of my questions on Google by simply typing “introspection questions” – there are literally so many of these that I can never exhaust them all. It also helps to follow people who talk about self-reflection and regularly give their readers important questions to ask themselves. 

4. Evaluate Your Day Before Sleeping 

This is a simple practice that can help you a lot. Every day before sleeping, just revisit your entire day – the things you did, the people you met, the thoughts you had, and the choices you made. This is the easiest way to ensure you practice self-reflection every single day. Narrating your whole day to yourself will help you isolate the negative thoughts, unhealthy reactions, and self-limiting beliefs that you hold unconsciously. It helps if you question everything you did from a third-person lens: Why did you act the way you did? Why were you constantly thinking of the future instead of being in the present? Were you talking unkindly to yourself? On the days you don’t have time to do the writing practice, or meditate, or do your primary self-reflection activity, this small exercise can help you stay on track. 

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” – Aristotle

5. Track Your Progress

The biggest motivator for any habit is witnessing the enhancement it has given your life. I put self-reflection in my habit tracker and every day that I tick it, it is a small boost for me to return again tomorrow. Progress can also be witnessed in intangible growth. Maybe you notice that your mind is a lot lighter now since you have started self-reflection. Maybe you witness yourself outgrowing negative self-talk and being more compassionate to yourself. Maybe you achieved the goals you had set. 

Whatever way you notice your progress, tracking it ensures that your motivation stays afloat. Self-reflection does get easier with time. But on difficult days, it is still hard to get to. It is easier to do something “productive” and something that drives tangible outputs. But remember that carving out this time for yourself is just as productive. It aids in improving your mental health, gives clarity to your actions, and helps you live a meaningful life.

Rochi Zalani is a staff writer at Elite Content Marketer who relishes fresh poetry. She talks about books, poems, and the troubles of everyday life. If you believe there is nothing that cannot be cured by some Mary Oliver poetry or a F.R.I.E.N.D.S episode, subscribe to her weekly newsletter.

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These 7 Daily Resolutions Can Change Your Life

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We all strive to be better every day. Most of us want a new day to bring something new, and we plan for it as well. Of course, the execution is debatable as procrastination is real and it becomes an overwhelming feeling at times. Also, not to forget the customary practice of making resolutions on new year’s eve!  All of us are fascinated by the thought of preparing long lists of resolves to mark the beginning of a new year. Not sure how many people are able to translate these resolutions into functional realities. (more…)

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4 Reasons Why Content Is Pivotal For Mental Health Healing

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One of the most important things for an entrepreneur’s mental health is expressing their feelings, thoughts, and emotions. This is where content creation and writing becomes pivotal. Whether you read something that resonates with you or you write a compelling blog post, the act of expressing yourself through content can help to put a smile on your face and make you feel better about things.

Most entrepreneurs don’t spend as much time taking care of their mental health as they should. Over the course of your career, you will experience a lot of ups and downs; these emotions have the potential to take a toll on your mind and body if you don’t learn to manage them properly.

Here are four reasons why expression through content is pivotal for healing, slowing yourself down, and giving yourself grace when the going gets tough.

1. Content can be a form of self-expression

When you are an entrepreneur, you frequently face feelings of insecurity, doubt, fear, apathy, and exhaustion, just to name a few. Some days it feels like no one is on your business’s side and everyone else has it all figured out. On those days some of us try to look at our website’s analytics to cheer up. 

But an even more freeing task is creating content. You create content to improve your business and reach more people’s lives. But, there is something special that happens when you write with the intention of expressing your thoughts and feelings — you open a door to yourself. 

Content is inherently personal, which means content creators open themselves up when they share their thoughts on a platform. Everything from the title of the post, the keywords they choose to include, and even the content itself helps you to understand who the author of that post truly is. And as an entrepreneur, this can be an important experience because it allows others to empathize with you.

2. Self-reflection will lift you up

As you think through what to write about and how to express yourself, the process of self reflection is a valuable step you need to go through. You’re able to reflect on the blessings you have, assess what you learned from the negative experiences, and create a plan on how to maintain the positive experiences you’ve had. 

There are a few ways that self reflection can help you with mental health healing. The act of reflecting on your experiences helps to create clarity in feelings, thoughts and emotions which will eventually lead into acceptance for what has happened or is happening currently without feeling overwhelmed by it all. This process also leads people towards finding new things they enjoy doing. Self reflection is therapeutic and can be implemented anytime you feel the need to overcome overwhelm.

“Writing in a journal each day allows you to direct your focus to what you accomplished, what you’re grateful for and what you’re committed to doing better tomorrow. Thus, you more deeply enjoy your journey each day.” – Hal Elrod

3. A sense of belonging and camaraderie

It is important to have a support network of people who will listen and understand what you are going through. When you post a blog or upload a video on YouTube, there are others who feel the same way and experience a sense of connection with you.

When you put time, attention and thoughtfulness into your writing, it is amazing when someone reads what you’ve written and comments on it thanking you or expressing how they resonate with what you’re going through. It’s hard to put into words how powerful it feels when someone who has gone through the same experience and reads your words then reaches out.  There is power in expression but miracles happen when people bond over a similar experience.

4. Library of content to share with more people

It can be very difficult to know what content to share with people as the symptoms of mental health disorders (anxiety, depression, etc.) vary from person to person. But as you accumulate more and more content, this will increase the number of articles or videos available for readers to choose from depending on their specific purpose. It also builds your personal library of resources you’re able to share to different people you encounter or engage directly with.

As chaotic and distracting social media can be, it can also be a beacon of hope with the right content. Many people share viral posts, or content that interest them. Since your content is valuable and personal, the more you share it, the more likely it is to be shared with the right audience.

You never know who is watching (reading)

Your content is speaking to someone and even though they may not be actively engaged, their experiences with your work are impacting them. Think about the last time you watched TV: did everyone in the room have something entertaining to say? 

You never know who’s watching because there’s always somebody reading your posts or viewing your videos-even if they just skim through it briefly. This is why creating content worth consuming is critical, not only to get you out of your funk, but also to serve your audience.  Be authentic and stay true to yourself; make every post count as an opportunity for connection with your best self and for potential readers to bond with you.

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5 Ways To Invest In Yourself and Change Your Life

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Warren Buffett once said, the best investment you can ever make is in yourself. Time and money spent on bettering yourself are never considered a waste. Whether it’s through learning how to make money online, exploring new ways to increase your financial security, or watching TED talks to expand your knowledge. Do not be stingy when it comes to self-improvement because it will definitely pay off in the end. 

Need some ideas to get started on your journey to becoming a better you? Here are 5 ways to invest in yourself and transform your life. 

1. Change Your Self-Concept

Having a negative self-concept can have a tremendous impact on your life. Limiting beliefs and self-doubt are some of the main reasons why many never achieve or attempt to pursue their dreams. Take a moment and think about all the negative thoughts you have repeated to yourself throughout your life. How have these thoughts impacted the way you live life? From now on, create a new self-image by turning these negative thoughts into positive ones and appreciate your good qualities. 

2. Sign Up For An Online Course

If you’ve been wanting to brush up on your Photoshop skills or learn how to code professionally, this is the perfect time to get started. As long as you have a stable internet connection, you can access an endless amount of valuable information online. For example, sites like Coursera and Youtube are both awesome resources for online learning. With a few search strings and clicks, you can find all the information you need. 

“Investing in yourself is the best investment you can make. It will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you.” – Robin Sharma

3. Learn From a Mentor

No matter which stage of your life you are currently in, working with a mentor can help you stay motivated and focused on your goals. Not only can they guide you in the right direction, but also transform your vision, provide you with new insights, and connect you with amazing resources. If you’re feeling unmotivated or unsure about what you want to do in life, consider finding a mentor to help you navigate this process. 

4. Start A Side Hustle

The salary from a 9-5 job would rarely allow you to reach your maximum income potential. Why not achieve financial success while pursuing your passion by starting a side hustle? Whether it’s through starting an ecommerce business, freelance writing on the side, or starting a Youtube channel. There are infinite numbers of ways to make money, and there is bound to be one out there that fits your passion and skills. 

5. Nourish Your Body

As many may say, “health is the new wealth”. Without a healthy and functioning body, living a fulfilling and comfortable life becomes difficult. To take care of your body and prioritize your wellbeing, start with small habits such as eating healthier foods and exercising regularly. Bike or walk to work instead of taking the car, and opt for a healthy protein bowl instead of greasy burgers at Burger King. With time, these small habits can make an incredible difference.

Check out the infographic below, to see more ways you can invest in yourself:

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How to Turn Inward and Detox Your Mind

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When we are overwhelmed by confusion, our psyche tries to establish certainty to alleviate our discomfort. This is usually accomplished by mentally imagining and acting out a plot. Unfortunately, much of the time, we mentally visualize pessimistic (or worst-case scenario) scenarios to provide certainty. (more…)

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