We use metacognition when we increase our awareness and understanding of the way we think. This type of reflection is especially helpful when we try to solve problems using critical thinking skills. Sorting facts from opinions, evaluating information, and asking questions are all important learning and life skills.
Our thoughts affect our actions and potential. When we believe that we are capable of learning and growing, we are using a growth mindset, which inspires us to push harder and try new things. A fixed mindset, however, limits our potential because we view our personality, abilities, and talents as permanent. This mental paralysis can frustrate our desire to make healthy choices. However, when we feel in control of our lives (agency) we are more inspired to make choices that improve life for ourselves and others. We also feel more confident in expressing our individual voice.
Mindfulness, or taking time to slow down, can draw attention to our mental needs. While multitasking forces us to think in many directions, mindfulness simplifies our thinking and increases our self-awareness. It is great for our health.