12 Tips To Guide You On Your Journey Of Self-Discovery

12 Tips To Guide You On Your Journey Of Self-Discovery

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We all feel lost sometimes. We embark on a mission to find ourselves, but the mission is flawed from the beginning. See, we are already found. Hence, it isn't about finding yourself but knowing yourself. There are many paths to getting to know yourself, but here are a few tips to help guide you.

1. Practice mindfulness

Meditation is a way to know your true self. All you need to know is within yourself, seeking it externally in the world will only take you so far. You need to look within. -Yut

Life is busy and messy, and we often forget to take time to relax. I'm not talking about the kind of relaxing that happens when we engage in leisure activity. We don't take time just to be. In the busy modern world, we lose touch with ourselves. A good way to regain connection with yourself is to meditate. Check out this great guide on how to start meditating. You can practice mindfulness in everyday life by paying attention to yourself and your surroundings without judgment. Do not focus on the past or future but the present moment.

2. Ask yourself, "Who am I?"

It may sound simple, but it can be effective. Who are you? What brings you joy? What are you most afraid of? What feelings are leading you right now?

3. Journal

Journaling is a great way to reflect. Here are 30 great writing prompts for self-discovery.

4. Find your core values

Your core values drive you. They help define who you are and who you aim to be. Use this tool to help you find your core values. Creativity, equality, understanding, intellectual status, and family-orientedness are among the common personal values listed.

5. Find your purpose and passion

What do you enjoy doing so much that you lose track of time? This is your flow state, and it is likely what you are passionate about. Pay attention to the things you don't like because those emotions are also useful in finding your passion. If your heart isn't in something, let it go. Check out 6 clues to finding your passion and purpose in life.

6. Look to your childhood

Even reading a favorite book from your childhood can help you discover parts of yourself that maybe have been forgotten. As children, we are naturally in tune with what we like. What did you enjoy in childhood?

7. Listen to what others say about you

People who are close to us can often tell us who we are better than we can tell ourselves. On your journey of self-discovery, ask your friends what they think about you.

8. Take personality tests

This is a fun way to get to know yourself a bit better. Try out these quizzes.

The Myers-Briggs Temperament Indicator (MBTI)
The Big 5 Personality Test
VisualDNA's Who Am I? Quiz

9. See challenges, not struggles

When we struggle, we often lose touch with ourselves. We feel lost. One way to counteract this is to see struggles as challenges. Take this quiz to discover the core beliefs that you hold about yourself. Frustration and depression may be indicated by these core beliefs.

Look at the story you tell yourself, and change it if it causes you harm. You can consciously change the story of who you think you are to fit who you want to be. This task is not easy or fast, but it is a challenge worth pursuing.

10. Practice self-care

Take some time for yourself. Do things you enjoy - whether that is a hot shower or a long run. Self-care looks different for everyone.

11. Listen to what you say "yes" and "no" to

What do you enjoy? What are you interested in? When you feel lost, these things may be unclear. Look back to the last thing that brought you joy. Remember how your body felt. That is a "yes." The things that you don't enjoy produce a different response in your body. You will become more in tune with these things when you as you become more mindful.

12. Surround yourself with people who allow you to grow

The journey of self-discovery is not a solo one, although it may feel like that at times. If you are surrounded with people who do not have your best interests at heart, then you are will not be able to grow into the best possible version of yourself. Eliminate those people from your life, and surround yourself with people who allow you to grow.


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Life is overwhelming and distracting so it's easy to forget about yourself sometimes, but practicing small self-care acts is easy. Making time for yourself every day isn't selfish and is really good for your mental health. I think it's important for everyone to spend time doing things that make them happy and more calm, even if you only dedicate 20 minutes each day. Putting yourself first can lead to growth so many other aspects of your life.

Obviously, each person is allowed to practice self-care in their own unique way, but here are some ideas to get you started!

1. Do something new. 

2. Make a list of things you need to get done that week. 

3. Drink some hot tea. 

4. Go for a walk on a scenic trail.

5. Paint your nails.

6. Have a good laugh.

7. Buy yourself flowers.

8. Light a candle.

9. Do some tidying up.

10. Don't feel bad for saying 'no.'

11. Listen to music.

12. Slow down.

13. Drink a smoothie.

14. Run mindless errands.

15. Write down your goals for the week.

16. Talk to someone about the future.

17. Wake up early and get coffee. 

18. Take care of a plant. 

19. Take a bubble bath. 

20. Give yourself a compliment.

21. Give a stranger a compliment.

22. Watch a movie.

23. Put your phone down.

24. Declutter your personal space.

25. Go to bed early. 

26. Pray or meditate. 

27. Go for a drive. 

28. Make it a habit to stargaze. 

29. Read a book. 

30. Read poems. 

31. Sing loudly. 

32. Make a list of things you're grateful for. 

33. Drink a lot of water. 

34. Put on make-up for no reason.

35. Watch funny videos. 

36. Take a deep breath. 

37. Distance yourself from negativity. 

38. Unfollow people you don't care to follow on social media. 

39. Have a pajama day. 

40. Read an inspirational book. 

41. Call your parents/ loved ones. 

42. Donate old clothing. 

43. Dedicate a day out of the week to not eating meat. 

44. Do a fun craft or DIY project. 

45. Put on a face mask and relax. 

46. Do a small workout. 

47. Take a power nap. 

48. Listen to a podcast. 

49. Open a window. 

50. Open your curtains in the morning to let in natural light. 

51. Make your bed. 

52. Cook dinner instead of eating out. 

53. Play/ cuddle with an animal. 

54. At the end of the day, think of all the positive things that happened.

55. Moisturize. 

56. Buy a comforting blanket. 

57. Give someone a hug. 

58. Create a vision board. 

59. Have some alone time.

60. Enjoy the sun on your skin. 

61. Dance like nobody is watching.

62. Walk in the rain every once in a while. 

63. Drive with the windows down. 

64. Give someone a gift for no reason. 

65. Get a massage. 

66. Do something that gets your adrenaline running. 

67. Spend the day at the library or a book store. 

68. Organize your work space/ binders. 

69. Spend a weekend in. 

70. Recognize hard work and reward yourself. 

71. Sign up for a work out class. 

72. Eat lunch with a friend. 

73. Spend the day helping others. 

74. Get your hair done. 

75. Have a good cry. 

76. Use sticky notes. 

77. Color code your planner. 

78. Print out pictures and hang them up. 

79. Hang motivational quotes on your mirror and read them when you get ready. 

80. Do random acts of kindness. 

81. Buy fuzzy socks. 

82. Redecorate or rearrange furniture. 

83. Be present. 

84. Set a new years resolution. 

85. Make a bucket list. 

86. Stretch in the morning. 

87. Watch an interesting documentary. 

88. Make a music playlist.

89. Watch the sunrise or sunset. 

90. Explore somewhere new.

91. Be slow to respond to negativity. 

92. Have a game night with friends. 

93. Buy concert tickets. 

94. Have a nightly routine before bed. 

95. Eat your favorite dessert. 

96. Do something you've been putting off. 

97. Invest in essential oils. 

98. Manage your finances. 

99. Buy a new outfit. 

100. Make your own gratitude list. 

Try at least one of these every week and see how you feel! I guarantee you will notice a difference in the way you are living your life.

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Let Time Take Over, You'll Get In A Relationship

Forever alone FOREVER?

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As the seasons changed, so do some people's relationship status. Whether the person is newly single, in a new relationship, or even newly engaged. Just recently, there seems to be the big question as to whether people should truly believe in relationships anymore. But that question can be asked under many different circumstances. If someone is in a fresh new relationship, it means that they were either waiting for the right time or they just let time speak for them.

I feel that relationships should be a choice rather than something that is forced. Love and affection is something that should come naturally. I believe that when someone gets into a relationship, they should get into it for all the right reasons. That is something I wish I told myself a few years ago when my last one ended. I've been single since then and I'm just going to let God take his time on that as it should be. I'm not going to force myself into one just because 'everyone' is getting into one. I've realized that timing is different for everyone.

If it was meant for every single human being to gain a relationship at the same time, it just wouldn't be realistic. I used to believe that I was going to be in a serious relationship by the time I'm a certain age. Guess life had more important plans for me considering that I should focus on myself before I get into a relationship.

So this goes out to anyone who feels that they'll never get into a relationship ever. Know that once you're patient which I understand is hard to do, you will find yourself in one when you least expect it. I know that's exactly how my last relationship went. I did not expect that I was going to get into any relationship at all. But at the time considering that everything was so new, I was simply testing the waters because I just wanted to make sure things went smoothly. At the time my significant other and I never argued or fought about anything pointless.

That was also mainly because we were working two jobs and just trying to live our lives the best way possible. However, unfortunately, things didn't last with us but I knew that after that chapter ended, I knew that something even better was on the way. I knew that it wasn't going to take 30 days to happen but I'm patient. I'm willing to be as patient as I can be. For now, I'm enjoying focusing on myself and the important priorities that I need to have for myself. By not focusing on getting into a relationship right away it has put me in a more balanced state of mind. I feel that is what most of us have an issue with. By asking all the time if there is something wrong with themselves is the wrong approach. By knowing and realizing your worth, that's not even a question to consider anymore.

Also thinking that one type of person goes after you when you don't want them is another wrong approach. Instead of worrying about all these things, STOP! No one cares how they look on the outside as much as they don't need to. Someone who treats you right and respects you overall is relationship status for sure. The more you focus on the person being model-like and just showing them off for looks and likes you got the wrong idea.

Relationships should be broken down into trust, love, and respect. Those three things will get a relationship status so much further than they think. So STOP focusing on not being in a relationship all the time and get back to YOU! Let time tell all and just relax! The world isn't going to end if you keep worrying about being single all the time. Your time will come before you know it.

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