Skip To Content
  • Do Better 2019 badge

21 Ways To Understand Yourself A Tiny Bit More

If you can't understand the world, try starting with yourself.

Self-care can mean a lot of things, but a major part of it is literally just self-knowledge, aka understanding the core things that make you you.

Think of it this way: you can't truly take care of yourself if you don't know what your needs are, and you can't improve yourself if you don't know your best qualities and the ones that are, uh, more challenging. Even though knowing your love language or your astrology birth chart might not seem as important as say, your sleep habits or period cycle, if it gives you more insights into the ingredients that make up the recipe of you, then it's worth learning about. After all, there's a reason why we're asked so often when we're young what our favorite color is — it's not trivial, and it's a small part of what forms the solid, unchanging core of our being.

So whether you're into journaling exercises, reading auras, or your own DNA (or all three!), here are bunch of ways to understand yourself that will give you a grounding place to come back to every time things feel out of control:

1. Take the 16 Personalities test to find out the nitty-gritty details of your personality type.

2. And if you craving an even deeper personality analysis, take an Enneagram test.

3. Start — and keep — a bullet journal to keep track of your to-do lists, schedules, or literally anything you want.

4. Discover which of the 5 Love Languages you speak most fluently.

5. Learn the story behind your health and ancestry with a 23andMe kit.

6. Or if you want to get a closer look at your heritage, sign up for

7. Download apps that track and explain your sleep habits, period cycle, water intake, and more.

8. Have your astrology birth chart mapped to see how your personality was written by the stars.

9. Or download the Co—Star app to see how compatible your chart is with your friends'.

10. Locate your inner joy with a 52 Lists for Happiness journal.

11. Watch this "cube" test to uncover your true personality.

View this video on YouTube

It might sound crazy, but this classic personality test can tell you truths about the size of your ego and even how many children you'll have!

12. Get in touch with your reproductive system to finally understand your health — and life.

13. Use social media to discover new interests and sources of inspiration.

14. Get your aura read and photographed to better know the ~vibe~ you give off — and what you attract.

15. Visit your local natural history museum to get in touch with how it all got to be this way.

16. Organize your health records (and those of your family members too, if you can get them).

17. Commit to filling out a five-year journal.

18. Try meditating and/or some low-key mindfulness exercises.

19. Check out The Book of Questions, a classic personal growth guide.

20. Start a heartsong journal, aka an encyclopedia of you.

21. And when all else fails, sit back, relax, and put on Planet Earth so you can learn more about the world around you.