Why You Need Daily Reflection

Life. Is. Busy. Work, school, relationships, and parenting are just a few of the categories that can consume a huge chunk of your daily life. We often do things just because we have always done them and we’ve done them in a specific way. It seems to save us time, but by doing so without reflection we end up working and executing tasks like robots. Long term, this will give us that “Woah, where has the time gone?” thought, making us think we wasted a lot of time not living real life.

Avoid Becoming A Robot

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To avoid becoming an automated robot, you need reflection. There are a variety of benefits that come from it, including the fact that you can change how you see yourself, how you feel about certain situations and, in the end, how you act. New thoughts lead to new emotions and consequently to new actions. That way, regular reflections really help you stay happy and wise.

Daily reflection can prevent burnout and prevent you from losing your passion. Regularly question yourself on why you do certain things, analyze how efficiently you are doing them and, most importantly, evaluate where your actions are leading you and if you are following your life purpose.

When is a Good Time to Reflect?

So how do you know when you need reflection? Small reflections are a good habit to commit to, so you really can choose to reflect whenever you’d like. However there are a few specific times where reflection is the most valuable:

  • After every planning session (Planning for a test, planning a new workout routine, planning your moving process, etc.)
  • When big or unexpected events or changes happen in your life
  • When you feel overwhelmed with stress or negativity, or notice that you are consistently in a negative mood
  • Before you go to sleep

The purpose of daily reflection is to gain as many important insights as possible, shape your overall life strategy, progress towards your goals, and in the end – live a good life.

Meditation and Reflection

Meditation is one of my favorite habits. Every time I meditate, I reflect after. I find this to be better than reflecting beforehand, because my mind is relaxed, focused, and grounded. I am then more open to reflection and it is easier to find inspiration for reflective questions to ask myself.

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How Do You Efficiently Reflect Without Overwhelming Your Brain?

Knowing where to begin can be tough because in reality we are capable of reflecting on anything, so you might get distracted in your thoughts. So yes you are thinking, but you are not reflecting

I completely understand the pain of wanting to reflect, but being bombarded with information and losing focus. So, I’ve created a list for you of 30 thoughts and questions that will inspire reflective thinking.

I recommend writing them in your journal because one, you’re actually putting the thoughts out somewhere that isn’t inside of your mind, and two, you can re-read and reflect on those answers compared to your life in the present. 

Before you check out the prompts, I want to repeat something I said earlier in this post first. Remember to regularly question yourself on why you do certain things, analyze how efficiently you are doing them and, most importantly, evaluate where your actions are leading you and if you are following your life purpose.

Use all 30 of these of these daily, use one a day for a month, or do a few at the start of each week. However you decide to use these prompts, I encourage you to train your brain to make reflection a daily habit. Onward – Marissa ❤

30 Reflective Questions to Ask Yourself

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Mantras that Inspire Reflection

  • Today I am thankful I love…
  • Today I can appreciate…
  • Today I am free of…
  • Today I will nurture myself by…
  • Today I will connect with others by…
  • My mantra today is…
  • My ideal day looks like…

“What?” Questions that Inspire Reflection

  • What scares me?
  • What do I need right now?
  • What is my ideal state of being?
  • What am I trying to achieve with my behavior?
  • What is the best way to improve my situation? Why am I blocking myself?
  • What am I trying to achieve with my behavior?
  • What is the best way to improve my situation? Why am I blocking myself?
  • What does this situation remind me of? When did I feel the same way as I do now?
  • What is holding me back right now?
  • What am I struggling with right now?
  • What is something I’ve been wanting to do, but have been putting off?
  • Is it worth pursuing right now (is it a priority), or can it wait?
  • What do I need to improve on from this week for next week?
  • What would I do if I loved myself unconditionally?
  • How can I act on these things whether I do or don’t?
  • What always brings tears to my eyes? As Paulo Coelho has said,

“Tears are words that need to be written.”

Misc. Reflection Questions and Activities

  • Who in my support system can I reach out to right now if needed?
  • How would I like my body to feel today? (Energized, calm, etc.)
  • How am I feeling? Why am I feeling like that? Why am I so anxious, angry etc.?
  • How would I describe myself?  Perhaps attempt a self-portrait.  How have my self-views impacted or been changed by my spirituality?
  • Do I have a Plan? Do I need a Plan? Has my plan succeeded or fallen to pieces?
  • Discuss imagery or symbols that are important to you.  – What are they?  Why are they important to me?  How do I use them?
  • Those hypothetical conversations you have in your head? Write them down.
  • Write a letter to three people who have changed your life – this could be good or bad. Either way, get it out.

5 thoughts on “Why You Need Daily Reflection

  1. Dedicating time each day to self reflection is so important given the current state of the world right now! Many of us are in the same space with the same individuals every day, which can easily cause conflict in our mind and relationships. I especially love the “what” questions that you included. Lovely post!

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    1. I agree that we especially need reflection during our current world situation. Thank you so much! I’m really glad you found it helpful!

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  2. I love this, especially when you called me out about reflecting without overwhelming my brain! I pride myself on being very reflective and having restorative conversations with myself and others as well, but I do often get overwhelmed, lost in thought, or blame myself. So thank you for the prompts and tips to make reflection more helpful and less stressful!

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    1. Thanks for the feedback Jaymee, I’m glad you enjoyed it! I totally understand the feeling of being so reflective that it becomes overwhelming, so I hope the prompts helped you! It’s definitely something that requires a unique balance for every different person because some of us aren’t reflective at all, while the rest of us are almost tooooo reflective! Life’s all about balance.

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