As you travel through your 20s, it's easy to become so wrapped up in experiencing new relationships, maintaining friendships, and chasing your career dreams that you forget to think about yourself. But self-reflection is one of the most valuable things your can do to improve your overall quality of life. Here are five things you should learn about yourself so you can continue living your best life.
1. How you do your best work.
Do you enjoy working while listening to music? Do you thrive when bouncing ideas off other people? Do you need time alone to think of your best ideas? Whatever your preference, the right conditions will make you more creative and give you the ability to fulfill your potential in any area of life. By the time you reach 25, you should figure out the environment where you will be most productive—and not be afraid to create it for yourself.
2. What you bring to a friendship.
Whether you’re a great listener, an amazing travel buddy, or the one to make everyone laugh, you have something unique about you that people love. You should be able to recognize your gifts so you can better share them with your circles of friends. Knowing your best qualities builds a strong foundation for your own self-esteem, plus a strong foundation for your relationships with the people you care about.
3. The type of lifestyle you enjoy.
Some people love traveling. Others enjoy making their home a beautiful escape from the world. Some people are so passionate about their work they want to spend as much time there as possible. Others thrive off connecting with new people. Maybe you love all of these things. By the time you’re 25, you should have a good idea of the lifestyle balance that will make you the happiest. When you know what kind of life you want, you’ll be able to start accomplishing the goals to make it happen.
4. What’s a deal breaker in a relationship.
Obviously some deal breakers are universal, and some people aren’t worthy of a relationship with you no matter what. But there are also some qualities that could make someone a great partner for someone else, but not for you. When you’re 25, you should know yourself well enough to know what kind of person won’t be compatible with you, and be mature enough to be honest about it. That way, you’re both free to meet the one who’s right for you.
5. How to be kind to yourself.
Everyone has their bad days, or times when they aren’t happy with themselves. The key is to know how to take care of yourself during when you’re feeling down. Whether it’s a bubble bath, a chat with a trusted friend, or time spent volunteering, you should learn what you need to start feeling like you again. Truly living well means being kind to yourself on both the bad days and the good.
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