What is self-reflection? It is the key to solving life’s big problems, big and little, and the best way to improve your character (even if you think you don’t need improvement!). Oftentimes, I even reflect on the past and plan the future. From the experiences of one who lists self-reflection as a hobby, I’ve concluded that these 5 places are the best to discover more about yourself.
At the park
If you have a nice park near you with a path, the best way to self reflect is to take a walk around the park plugged into your favorite music. The swingset is an effective alternative if it has not been taken over by young children. For those who are not fans of walking or swinging, simply sitting on a bench and enjoying the landscape, wildlife, or the not-so-wild humans at the park can be a quiet escape for you to reflect on your life. Sometimes a little time away can solve wonders.
Journal or personal blog
Say that you live in an urban area with few patches of green, or in a college dorm where the green is filled with bustling, gossiping classmates. What now? Keep a personal journal or blog. Most blogs, such as Blogger, LiveJournal, or the ever-popular Tumblr have options to make your posts private. Writing about your opinions or your newest life dilemma in a private journal or online blog forces your brain to think logically and make the best decision. However, this very form of expression can lead to overthinking: a dangerous route. For more on how to utilize journals, whether online or on paper, check out the helpful guide Tips and Traps of Writing in a Personal Journal.
While lifting weights, going for a daily jog, or working those abs, we are often too out-of-breath to chat about the latest healthy diet with our workout partners. How should you take your mind off your aching abs and sore legs during intense exercise? Simple: self-reflection.
On the beach
I used to live minutes from the Gulf of Mexico, and a trip to the beach was part of my evening routine. Watching the sunset and bathing in the crimson light of dusk has led to many revelations during my self-reflection time. You can do the same if you’re a beach bum like me.
In the car
The most practical place for self-reflection is on the road. When you’re driving home from work and stuck in traffic, a little bit of music will open your mind and also calm your nerves from those red brake lights. Even if you’re not in traffic, long road trips when your buddy has dozed off can be a seed for reflecting on your life. Just make sure you’re still paying attention to road signs!
Now that you know all about my 5 most effective spots for self-reflection, it’s time to go out and experience your own favorite locations to self-reflect!