Look. We’ve all done it. Getting caught up in the daily hustle and often finding ourselves ignoring how important it is to incorporate self-discovery into our lives. Having a true understanding of yourself is something that can make a huge difference in the way you live your life, and is simply not something that should be ignored. Self-discovery will help you to become aware of what makes you tick… and what doesn’t. This in turn can impact your career, relationships, and mental health in all sorts of positive ways!
But how do you embark on the journey to self-discovery? Well, it doesn’t always have to take a month-long backpacking trip through nature or having an Eat. Pray. Love. moment… though we’d 10/10 recommend it if you have the time. Most of us don’t, however, and that’s okay! We’ve gathered together the following tips & tricks to help you incorporate self-discovery into your current routine…
Remember the little diary you used to keep when you were little? Imagine how insightful it would be if you sat down and read it. That’s the beauty of journaling! It allows you to take a peek inside your mind and release your thoughts on paper. And once you’re done, you can go back and read about where you were mentally at that time. Journaling is the key to understanding yourself at every stage in life.
2. Take a Personality Test
While the ones on Buzzfeed are fun, take the time to go through a test such as: Myers-Briggs. An intuitive test like this can open your eyes to aspects of yourself you never realized. If you answer openly and truthfully, you should end up with results that are shockingly accurate. Maybe you didn’t realize that you’re a natural problem solver or have an aptitude to be a strong leader. When you get the results from your test you’ll learn about your characteristics, temperament, ideal careers, and more. Having this information can lead you even deeper into your self-discovery journey and help guide you on your decision-making down the road.
3. Seek Out New Experiences
When we become comfortable with life, it’s easy to stop learning and exploring ourselves. Now that we’re in a new year and decade, why not push yourself outside of your comfort zone? Start with little things such as trying a new restaurant as opposed to your go-to every Friday or even just switch up your workout routine. The key is to engage in activities that are new and excite your soul. Also, don’t hesitate to dive into the unknown territory of gaining fresh hobbies. Not only is this is a cool way to awaken the fire inside of you, but you’ll also make new friends along the way.
4. Spend Time With Yourself
Set aside a few minutes in your day to close yourself off from everything and enjoy your own company. You can spend this time meditating or going for a walk. In those few minutes, you can be fully focused on what’s going on at that moment and how you feel. Pay attention to what’s on your mind when it’s free from distraction. You may realize you’re not happy in your current situation or that there’s something you’ve been longing to do.
The journey to discovering yourself is a unique one that is made just for you. There’s no cookie-cutter way to go about it but starting with these simple activities can help you get started. You may run into roadblocks or uncover areas that haven’t been tended to in years while on your journey but all of it leads to the bigger goal of living an authentic life.
Looking for more tips on how to live your life to its fullest potential? Head to our Live Well blog section to browse our collection of tips & tricks that will guide you on your journey to being the best version of you that you can be!