5 Ways To Raise Self-Awareness
Self-awareness is a valuable skill to have. You need it to be an effective leader—and to arrive at a state where your thoughts, feelings, and opinions are all consistent with each other. In this sense, you are detached from your surroundings to a certain point, so that—although you can still feel sadness—you don't let the small things bother you and distract you from the important things in life. If you'd like to become more self-aware, here are 5 methods toward that goal.
1- Ask for feedback
The people in our social circles—including our coworkers and bosses, in addition to our friends and family members—often recognize things about us that we ourselves aren't aware of. They can help inform you about the flaws they see in your personality that you might not be able to see yourself. For example, maybe you're lacking in spatial awareness, and as such tend to be clumsy, knock things over, and take up too much space; or maybe you spend too much time being a perfectionist where it's not necessarily warranted by the context. Knowing about these flaws in ourselves can help us become better workers, make us healthier, and become better people.
2- Be aware of your body language.
Everyone has unique body language—body language which (like it or not) reveals certain aspects of your personality. They might not always be good aspects, either. To deal with this, watch videos of yourself to see how you talk, or take note of your reactions when you're talking to someone. Do you tend to cut them off? Is your voice lacking in sympathy and sincerity? Do you make huge, sweeping gestures that cut into your interlocutor’s personal space? How far away are you standing from someone when you're discussing? All of these aspects are things you must consider.
3- Meditate frequently
What we call meditation is simply the practice of being aware of each and every single moment, and the perceptions that you perceive via your senses. Much of meditation is simple, if not easy—you control your breathing, and focus on your breaths as you take them. However, you don't always need to focus on your breathing; many forms of meditation involve reflecting on your life and the universe around you. Ask yourself questions while you ruminate: “What am I trying to do with my life?” “Is there anything that's distracting me from my goals?” “How can I change and improve my life for the better”?
4- Be thankful for everything in your life
Set some time aside to feel thankful of your life, to appreciate all the joys. You have had access to many wonderful things in life, but we all have a tendency to take things for granted. You can't appreciate them properly unless you spend time thinking about them.
5- Do something kind every day.
You should always be kind to those you're talking to—but you don't need to settle for only that. Give a donation to a local charity, lend some money to a friend, or volunteer at a retirement home. By doing these activities, you can understand others’ struggles better, and thus become a happier, more holistic person yourself.