Gibbs Reflective Cycle

If you’ve never heard of it before, it’s a life saver! It’s a great reflective tool that can be used for a variety of things, such as arguments, embarrassing moments, failing, bullying etc etc. This has helped me out a lot as it’s kind of like manually thinking, you really have to think deeply and write it all down. This is all one continuous cycle so you can repeat the process as much as you need.

This is a great coping strategy for all of life’s stressful moments and over thinking. It gets your feelings out and in the open for you to deal with as you please.

So here we go….


What happened? Go into as much or as little detail as you need about what exactly happened.


What were you feeling and thinking? What went through your mind as it unfolded, how does it affect you?


What was good and bad about the experience? Go through the pros and cons of what happened, you may find more things laying on the inside than on the surface of what happened.


What else can you make of the situation? Is there something underlying the issue? How will it affect you long term?


What else could you have done? Could you have been more honest? Could you have gone about the situation differently?

Action Plan

If it rose again what would you do? How would you deal with it next time? What changes would you make? How would you change your thinking?

There’s plenty of videos on Youtube if you need an example of how to do this! I’d give an example but I’m sure you can see how personal this activity is…

I hope this has helped you deal with any situations or give you ideas for in the future. Stay tuned for more reflective exercises coming soon!



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