If You’re Overwhelmed, Take a Moment to Pause, Reflect and Look Within

The importance of self-reflection

Esther George
Dec 9, 2020 · 4 min read
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Do you remember when was the last time you took a moment to reflect on your life?

We are often caught up in the ever-increasing speed of daily life that threatens our mental health, self-identity, and human connections. We struggle to find our identities because so often we lose our values and our ability to discern who we are and what we’re not.

We are so laser-focused on getting ahead that we don’t take the time to reflect on what’s going on within us. Making time to be alone is crucial because if you don’t, you risk losing the precious moment to replenish your mind and to be at one with your thoughts. Taking the time to self-reflect puts the emphasis back on you, the most important subject.

When you self-reflect, you are thinking inwardly. You reflect on the good and the bad as you peel away the layers you have built up through the course of your life to reveal the true version of yourself. You get a glimpse of what’s hidden underneath the limiting beliefs, the fears, and the expectations of life and to see the pure soul that is you.

You focus on what’s important to you and what you want to be instead of what you have been led to believe or made to believe.

In its simplest form, you become more self-aware.

If you desire to make a difference and have an impact in your world, you need to first master yourself. That means taking personal responsibility for everything that happens in your daily life. Getting away from the constant noise and chaos to go within unlocks your hidden self. You’ll discover alternative ways to deal with situations instead of letting them consume you.

There is clarity amid the whirlwind of confusion

If you’re like everyone else, you keep your thoughts floating around in your head almost the majority of the time. Because our brain defaults to repetitive worry rather than happy musing, we constantly find ourselves caught in the whirlwind of confusion and frustration.

You don’t know what’s what anymore, and life makes little sense. You end up being stuck with the same thoughts over and over, taking no constructive actions. This thought cycle makes the problems seemed bigger than they really are.

Having a moment to pause, reflect, and look within takes your mind off the chaos and enable you to uncover the potential breakthroughs and solutions you’ve been seeking. You’re processing your thoughts and feelings by getting them out of the bag and organizing them into chunks.

You bring your attention to what’s happening at the moment and mindfully making sense of things. When you’re able to dissect your life and your issues this way, you’ll gain clarity and can begin to take positive actions towards your goals. Actions create momentum and help you stay on your path so you can move ahead and grow.

You don’t have to always believe your thoughts

In order to keep up with the pace of life, we’re forced to keep moving and pushing until we crash and burn. We forgot to take the time to hop off the treadmill so we can evaluate what’s working and what’s not. Constant worry unconsciously seizes hold of our minds. If we can learn to stay present, the odds of living a longer and happier life would definitely increase.

Giving yourself the time and space of reflection provides you the opportunity to challenge your ways of thinking. Quieting your mind to explore your emotions and thoughts will allow you to align with your internal belief system.

This leads to a stronger sense of self and confidence. You’ll begin to notice that most of the things you tell yourself are not always true. But until you take a break out of the busy trap, it can be a challenge to reconnect with yourself.

Look how far you’ve come and then keep going

When you’re overwhelmed with life and the achievement of your goals, it’s natural to lose sight of how much you’ve accomplished. Often you reach a stalemate that makes you feel you aren’t making any progress. Over time, this can be a disheartening barrier to your goals.

Make the time to check where you are right now, where you are heading, or just to get things out of your head. Just stop and think, untangle, and sort through observations and experiences. Find time to reflect and ponder on past achievements or future areas for growth.

When you can look back to see how far you’ve come, it removes any sense of inadequacy or lack of self-worth. Your progress becomes clear. This moment of reflection facilitates a deeper level of learning and understanding that helps you recognize that the things you were so worried about before were perhaps not so significant after all.

As a result, you gain greater self-confidence to tackle any limiting belief that might stand in your way.

Slow down and find your truth

Reflection is an important part of our journey of self-development. The process helps to increase your self-acceptance, which is crucial to keep you going during challenging times when you’re more likely to doubt yourself. It gives you a fresh perspective to recognize the good that you’ve done, and how you can become better.

While you’re busy moving forward in your life and towards your goals, don’t neglect to take precious moments to be present. To move forward successfully, you need to learn to slow down and find your truth.

Decide to live more intentionally. Don’t let your days end up blending into one another monotonously. Each day is just as important as the next in creating the life you’ve imagined, so made the conscious decision to become your best self. Only then can you truly become the master of your life.

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Esther George

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Writer • Dreamer • Storyteller • I write about discovering and living your best life now.

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