How To Become More Self-Aware With These 5 Steps

How To Become More Self-Aware With These 5 Steps

I really want to come to terms with how the world is the way it is and why we are the way we are as individuals. Introspection is a skill that I think is so useful in determining our place in this world and how we relate to other people. Having the ability to be deeply aware of your own feelings, emotions, thoughts and perception of yourself is something that I think is integral to leading a life of self-fulfilment and development. Self-awareness is key to unpicking the negativity in our lives, bettering ourselves and leading happier lives. With any form of self-improvement, it takes time and practice to truly see and understand ourselves clearly. If you are interested in how to become more self-aware keep reading and find out my 5 ways of doing so.

Constantly Evaluate Yourself

Throughout the day when you are engaging in thought and carrying out certain actions, evaluate the motivation for them and ask yourself why are you doing them. Explore how you are feeling in each act you are doing or why certain thoughts present themselves in response to any stimuli you’re presented with throughout the day. If you feel stressed at all or down or annoyed, try to find the root of your problem and evaluate why you have been put into these negative moods. Analysing yourself and becoming aware of your behaviours can help to prevent you getting into these moods or can help you make these moods short-lived. You will know what things you dislike and you may not react so negatively in the future.

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Don’t Judge Yourself

Whenever you are feeling certain emotions or feelings, express yourself fully and ride the waves of these emotions without judging yourself for doing so. If you are frustrated or jealous even, don’t think to yourself that “I shouldn’t be frustrated”, “being in a bad mood is not good”, “I’m being a party pooper”. Be honest with how you are feeling, come to terms with it and evaluate it in it raw state. Don’t ignore your emotions, face up to them. You will gain a better understanding of the self and you won’t fly off the handle so often or be confused about your feelings. Your emotions and feelings are always valid, just because they may affect others or may not be ideal for a certain situation, it doesn’t mean you should just disregard them. Be honest with yourself.

Change Your Perspective

We all have a perception of things, such as the people around us, situations and events. People also have a perception of us and we have a perception of ourselves. With self-awareness the key is to making the various perceptions of the self equal. How you perceive yourself should match how others perceive you. Through self-reflection and engaging with other people in conversations about each other you can gain a deeper understanding of your inconsistencies and shortcomings. Put yourself into someone else’s shoes and evaluate yourself with a different perspective. What do you see? How do you come across?

Accept Yourself 100%

No matter what you discover on the route to self-awareness you need to accept. This is you. You may find flaws but this is what makes you you. Being able to identify them and make an effort to change them is a great way to develop and improve yourself. We are not perfect and so evaluating ourselves may not always bring about positive conclusions. Again, if you are feeling negative emotions, don’t ignore them or judge yourself, accept it and in time these will occur less and less often. Accepting yourself 100% will provide the perfect environment for you to grow in a healthy way.

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Perseverance

Self-awareness is not a finite destination. You can’t give yourself a month to achieve it. It is something you will be consistently and constantly working at. Changing behaviours and thought processes take time and when you find a way to bring about change there will be new ways to improve. The path to self-awareness is a journey, you will learn new things about yourself through all the different interactions, events and situations you find yourself in throughout life. Self-reflection and self-awareness will become second nature to you with time and practice.

I haven’t quite mastered self-awareness but I’m definitely much better at it than I used to be. I feel quite carefree and unstressed in my daily life. Understanding myself more has allowed me to have better and healthier relationships with people and feeling frustrated is a rarity.

Do you think you are self-aware or do you have any tips on how to become more self-aware? Let me know in the comments or over on Twitter.

A great way to take time for yourself and engage in self-reflection is to exercise. Check out my post on it benefits in case you missed it!

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19 Comments

  1. June 4, 2017 / 9:33 pm

    Such a great post, I think I could definitely learn a lot from all of your steps. I should definitely try to be more self aware.

  2. June 5, 2017 / 10:58 am

    This is so true and everyone should read it as judging others isnt helping anyone and just makes you more self concious!

  3. June 5, 2017 / 12:04 pm

    I have been trying to accept myself 100% recently. It’s really hard! I have always struggled with my self esteem. I have some old self harm scars on my arm which I’m very self conscious about. I have slowly been getting my arms about a bit more because of the warm weather. I still haven’t managed to brave talking to my nanny parents about it yet and letting them see. I’m afraid of the looks and what they would say. I’m building myself up to it though. Just slowly!

  4. June 5, 2017 / 6:59 pm

    These are all really great tips. I definitely need to work on becoming more self aware 🙂

    Louise x
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  5. angela milnes
    June 6, 2017 / 2:27 pm

    You had a good point, I love reading this and so glad that you share this with us my sister should read this too

  6. June 6, 2017 / 9:35 pm

    What a really great post. Ive sat back and thought to myself if I am really self aware and to be honest I dont think I am so this is something i intend to work on!

  7. June 6, 2017 / 10:15 pm

    You have raised some interesting points here hun – I’ve never really thought about whether I’m self aware or not. I guess I must be in some ways, and not in others. But it’s all about finding a balance! X
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  8. June 9, 2017 / 12:54 pm

    I love that you talk about total self acceptance. Its hard but definitely worth it on a self awareness journey, loving your flaws and owning them! xxx

  9. June 18, 2017 / 9:40 am

    I love this positive post – I think the older you get, the easier self acceptance becomes. I know my strengths and weaknesses – I’m working on some of them but others I know that it’s ‘just me’!

  10. June 18, 2017 / 11:43 am

    This is such a lovely, positive post. I definitely need to work on this.

  11. June 18, 2017 / 10:20 pm

    I think I am too self aware and introspective. I think it can be hard to strike the right balance.

  12. June 19, 2017 / 9:59 am

    Great tips i definitely need to be more self aware.

  13. June 20, 2017 / 8:05 pm

    Some brilliant tips here, I think I need to be more self aware sometimes

  14. June 20, 2017 / 8:19 pm

    It’s actually really important to take these tips into account, as they can greatly improve one’s self-esteem. I loved reading your post. BTW, you look super adorable!

    Keep up with the good work and check my blog if you fancy,
    xx Kris

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  15. June 21, 2017 / 12:48 pm

    This is a great post! I think I need to learn a thing or two from this, I am not very self aware and I need to work on that. Thank you this opened my eyes a bit! x

  16. Fatima
    August 8, 2017 / 10:05 am

    It’s always great reading your posts as they are so motivating! I believe, one must never blame ourselves for anything and must always feel good about our being. Otherwise, things tend to get worse.

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