How Self Identity Transforms Growth
When we face the continuous change that comes with growing up, it’s interesting to consider how self-identity transforms with these new experiences. It’s important to have a good sense of self during times of transition in order to avoid becoming easily influenced by others. Here are five tips to help familiarize yourself with the real you.
1. Perform a self-experiment. Have you noticed yourself behaving in ways that don’t feel like you? Does your body respond negatively when you engage in certain habits? Try cutting out one thing that you suspect is bad for you and notice any change in your overall state of mind. Maybe all of that coffee is causing you to feel anxious, or perhaps the extra time spent looking at your cell phone screen is messing up your sleeping schedule. See how your body responds to these subtle changes.
2. Do one new thing every day. Take note of your gut reaction to trying something new. You might find out that sushi is too fishy for your taste, but you may wind up discovering your new favorite food. New experiences provide an opportunity to see how we respond under new circumstances. These observations can show us what we’re really made of.
3. Notice if your habits are also habits of your peers. People with similar lifestyles often flock together over common ground and similarities that connect them. Are certain habits a result of external influence, or do they come from your authentic urges? Consider if you would spend your time the same way if you were around different people.
4. Write for yourself. People often get turned off by writing because they worry about the quality of their content, but there is much less pressure when you are the only intended audience. Stream-of-consciousness writing is a great way to declutter a crowded mind and to record the status of your wellbeing. Make sure to date and time your entries so your future self can reflect on the progress of your mind.
5. Document what brings you joy. Make a list of the pastimes or activities that have brought meaning into your life. Addressing these experiences highlights their significance and shows where your passions lie. By recording your interests, you create a physical expression of what is important to your life.
Growing up is all about figuring out your priorities and why they are important to you. Embrace the process of discovery and avoid self-judgment throughout the journey.
Annie Sragner, contributing writer for ifIknew