Hello and welcome to Motivation and Mindset Mondays! Today, let’s talk about some of the benefits of introspection that can help you guide your life from within. Life is all about the learning experiences. Opportunities to enhance your knowledge and growth make life worth living. And a significant part of the growth process is introspection.
Taking the time to look inwards can help shape the person you become. How you respond to things and make choices are based on letting what’s inside come out.
Looking inward can help you take positive steps in life. At the very least, introspection can help you make morally appropriate decisions.
Consider these benefits of introspection:
Being introspective allows you to maintain close contact with your conscience. Your conscience is what helps you distinguish right from wrong. When you focus on looking inwards, you get the opportunity to weigh your options.
- Conscience-driven decisions allow you to sleep better at night.
- Taking this approach helps you to be true to others, regardless of the outcome.
2. Character building.
Looking inwards forces you to confront the person you are. What makes you tick? What do you believe in? Taking an honest look at your character brings you self-knowledge, can help build your self-esteem, and enables you to make changes if you want to.
- Have you done or said things that offend others? Put yourself in their shoes and think about how you’d feel.
- Look back at your experiences. Which outcome has left you feeling the most satisfied?
3. Fair thinking.
Fair thinking is tied in with the conscience. But introspection allows you to lock out the noise around you. It’s very easy to sway your thoughts based on what is presented to you on the outside. But listen to yourself first!
- It’s easy to want to give in to a particular way of thinking based on influence. Your close friends and even family encourage you to see things their way. But what about your way?
- Remember that you alone are responsible for your life.
4. Defined happiness.
By taking a look at what you’re made up of inside, you can actually define happiness. What are the things that you enjoy doing? How do you measure relationships with others? Answering questions like these can lead to true happiness, defined just for you.
- Life is best lived when you make yourself happy first. The well-being of others will follow naturally.
5. Confrontation of fear.
It’s easy to live in the pretense of fearlessness. But the truth is that every person has at least one fear. What’s yours? The best way to determine your fears is through introspection. Once you own your fears, you can move towards managing the feelings they bring.
- Is it failure or success that you’re afraid of? Consider the worst thing that could happen.
- Build the skill sets you need to confront your fear and take it down!
6. Acknowledgement of choices.
As a human being, you have more choices than you think! As the only reasoning beings on the planet, we all have a myriad of options available. Take a good look inside and identify your real choices.
- Ultimately, you want your choices to reflect your true character. Avoid making “popular” decisions just because that is how others feel about a topic.
The growth and development you seek is truly possible through introspection.
Take the time each day to close your eyes and contemplate. You’ll realize in time how much easier it is to lead a truly happy life through this approach.
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I really wanted to talk about this topic today because I wanted to share some lifestyle-based strategies to improve your overall mindset and mental health, which in turn improves your life. You must do the internal work to improve your overall health. You can do this by learning what motivates you and working each day on improving your mindset. Your thoughts control your feelings, which controls your behavior. You can cultivate certain behaviors and practices that will not only enrich your life, but that you can pass on to your family, friends, and community, so that you can leave a legacy of health to your loved ones.
If you are familiar with my approach, I use lifestyle medicine as the first line of treatment, before medications, to treat lifestyle-related chronic diseases. Lifestyle-related chronic diseases include diabetes, hypertension, obesity, some cancers, just to name a few. Lifestyle modifications, such as stress reduction and mindfulness exercises, can help you feel better about yourself and your life. In certain cases, these approaches may even outperform pharmaceutical therapy. But I always tell my patients that conventional medications may be appropriate at this time to prevent catastrophic illness, but over time, you can work to make the necessary lifestyle changes to possibly reduce and/or eliminate medications. Please remember to always consult your physician for your particular needs and circumstances prior to making any decisions whatsoever.
Tools For Motivation And Mindset
Although you don’t need a cushion to meditate, you may want to consider using one at some point. You could meditate in a chair, or simply sit on the floor if you want. You can also use pillows or cushions from your furnishings to try out. Cushion, chair, bench, floor – it’s all good. Eventually, though, if you’re not sitting upright on a chair, you’ll probably do well to buy a dedicated meditation cushion. The cushion will support your sitting posture and help you create an appealing mindfulness corner that will encourage you to practice every day. I recommend this meditation cushion and mat bundle.
If you struggle with stress, depression, or anxiety, keeping a journal can be a great idea. Even if you don’t have these conditions, journaling can enhance your life in many ways. Having difficulty processing your thoughts and emotions? Journaling can help clear that mental clutter and move towards a positive mindset. Research suggests that keeping a journal can have positive impacts on both mental and physical health. So, to start you on your journey, I recommend this self care journal.
Remember, living a healthy lifestyle including eating a whole foods plant-based diet, regular physical activity, meditation and mindfulness, as well as healthy and supportive relationships are the best ways to support mental health. Please talk with your doctor about any complementary health approaches, including supplements, you use. Let me know what you think in the comment section below.
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PPS. If you or someone you know is experiencing severe stress, anxiety, depression and/or other mental health issues, please contact SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889. This is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.
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