Friday, November 18, 2016
Self-Reflection and Self-Monitoring: Step 6
If you have been following the 10 steps to better mental health then you should be working on beginning and completing personal goals right now. If you have missed the previous posts please look to the right of the page for 'Subject Matter' and you will find a link to all of the steps so far.
Once you have started working on your goals you will want to manage your progress so you can identify successes and areas for improvement. It is best to monitor yourself on a regular basis throughout the day, so take a few minutes when you can to observe and jot down any changes in your condition. At the end of each day, or when you have time, begin reflecting on as much as you can.
Self-reflection gives you the ability to take a solid look at any issues you may have plaguing your mind, and the time to process and resolve things as they come up, as opposed to letting things pile up in there. This is called introspection, and you are basically pulling out unresolved thought processes that you want to deal with, so you can store the processed information in your memory, and forget about it.
It is a good thing to continue to work on the goals we set for ourselves, but if we don't monitor our progress, we will not get to see the results. You want to see your results, especially your successes. Successes give us strengths to build upon and continue to progress forward. If we don't monitor our goals on a regular basis, we could be missing out on some larger aspects of the underlying issues.
This is the step where you are truly working on your mental health issues one symptom at a time. Identify a symptom. set a goal to improve it, then monitor its progress. As you begin to resolve symptoms you will begin to notice more relief from your affliction, but you will also gain a sense of pride and fulfillment knowing that you have made a good effort towards self-care.
Our 'self' is thankful when we pay attention to it. Our 'self' wants to be well and appreciates any and all steps we take to improve our quality of life. Work hard and make time for Step 6 because self-reflections skills are helpful at all times in our life. Find a quiet space and ask yourself as many questions as you like. You won't find answers until you begin to do this.
I hope the steps are working out for you so far, and if you require any extra helpful tips along the way please don't hesitate to ask. I tend to simplify many things in my articles in the interest of keeping them short and easy to read. There is a lot more information to share if you need it.
If you have made it through all of the steps so far, good for you, I hope you have been able to understand yourself better, and have found some relief from your symptoms. It is never too late to start improving ourselves, so if you are looking for a way to get started a little at a time in improving your own mental health, check out the 10 Step Program link on the right, or read a few other posts to get your mind motivated.
Good Mental Health To All