Self-awareness is an important part of personal development. It is also integral to leading a happy and worthwhile life with a chronic illness. Here are a few steps that will help you to become a more self-aware person:
Meditation is a point we keep coming back to on Success Thang, and for good reason. Meditation is not only a great way to relieve stress and anxiety but it can also increase your self-awareness.
Just set aside fifteen minutes every morning, ideally right after exercising so you’ll feel more alert and focused. Then you can sit in a comfortable chair or lie down with your legs up (just make sure you don’t fall asleep!). Close your eyes and for fifteen minutes practice listening to the sounds around you without getting too caught up in them. Listen as well to your interior thoughts and feelings. Also focus also on your breathing, and notice how it becomes deeper without you having to make any conscious effort.
After just a week of practicing this sort of meditation once a day you should start to become more self-aware.
Change Your Mental Vocabulary
As you meditate more and more, you will learn a lot about the thoughts and worries that fill your head. You will most likely notice (I certainly have) how negative many of those thoughts can be. You’ll think “I can’t…” or “I’ll never…” or some other final-sounding thought with no space for hope for the future.
As you become more self-aware you will be able to hear those thoughts more and more clearly even when you’re not meditating, and you’ll be able to shift them to something more positive.
Build Your Why
Another way to become more self-aware is to work on building your “why”: your purpose, the reason you were put on this planet. You start out with a sheet of paper and first list everything that you wish you had in your life, be it trips around the world, increased income, or simply the ability to walk from you bed to your couch. Next, list everything you don’t want.
Once you have both lists, read them aloud to yourself each morning. Soon a picture will become clear of the life you would like to have and the steps you will need to take to get there. With this you will become more self-aware.
With the day-in-day-out struggles of life with a chronic illness, practicing self-awareness may just feel like one more hassle on top of a dozen others. But self-awareness will help your personal development and make you a stronger person better able to handle the hand you’ve been dealt. Meditation, changing your mental vocabulary, and building your why will help to bring you closer to a higher level of self-awareness.