I always find myself self-reflecting, especially right before I go to sleep. This might seem odd, but actually I find that it’s really helpful and encourages me to remember how far I’ve come, what I’ve achieved so far and the direction I’m going in next. Keep reading for a few key ways to self-reflect before bed as well as why they’re most beneficial!
1. Consider your goals and ambitions
One great way to self-reflect is to simply consider your goals and ambitions. What else do you want to achieve? What is the next step or stage to achieving that goal? Why are these ambitions important to you and worth aiming for? Making a habit of considering your goals and ambitions means it’s much easier to gain clarity since you have a clear direction in front of you
2. Consider events from the day
Reflecting on the day you’ve just had is another great way to self-reflect before you go to sleep. Come up with one positive, one negative and one thing that was particularly interesting that happened that day. Being able identify different aspects of your day is often. considered a great way of self-reflecting.
3. Consider any current issues or problems
One thing I always find myself doing before I go to sleep is thinking about any issues or problems I’m having at the moment. Naturally I try to think of a solution or an answer for it, and I find this really helps the next day when I can act on the solution that I found the night before. If you’re currently struggling with an issue or a problem, I encourage you to consider this before you go to sleep as a way of self-reflecting.
4. Consider aspects of your life
Nothing says ‘self-refection’ more than taking the time to think about your life, right? This doesn’t mean you have to bombard yourself with all sorts of thoughts from all areas of your life, but rather take one aspect, be it your marriage, your relationship with your partner, a close friendship, your career or maybe something else, and just reflect on how it’s going and recognise your thoughts around it.
5. Consider your qualities
If you want to focus on yourself while you self-reflect as opposed to thinking about aspects and/or other people, considering and recognising your qualities is a great idea. This basically means to think about what traits you possess, mainly focusing on the positive, that makes you who you are today and you can say ‘I’m proud of myself for being *chosen quality*’, whether it be non-judgemental, loving, caring, a good listener, attentive, kind-hearted, forgiving, assertive etc.
6. Consider your values
Everyone holds different values, so what are some of yours? What’s important to you and why? A great way to self-reflect is to consider what you believe in, or an opinion you have about something that is important to you personally. It’s very beneficial to reflect on your values as these usually hold a great importance to us.
7. Consider your achievements
Not only should you consider your goals and ambitions, but you should also take the time to consider everything you’ve achieved so far and your successes so far. Be proud of yourself for your achievements, no matter how big or small it may seem. It’s always guaranteed that there are many things you will have accomplished that many people won’t have, so what’s there not to be proud of?