Why practice self awareness? The development of self awareness is the first step toward making any positive change in your life. Like any other skill it takes time and practice. Continue reading to learn about techniques you can use for self awareness development as well as the long term benefits.
Do you struggle with boundaries? Setting boundaries is about more than just personal and emotional space. Many people struggle with boundaries, but it isn’t as obvious as you might think. A boundary struggle can manifest as a difficulty saying no or as social anxiety. You might feel guilty about speaking your mind if it upsets someone. Because of this, you might put the needs of others before your own.
Fear of intimacy often manifests as a difficulty or reluctance to expose our true selves to others. Often a trait of those experiencing social anxiety or social phobia, fear of intimacy makes it difficult to have close, lasting relationships with others. It is often challenging to start a new relationship. Those with a fear of intimacy strive to avoid rejection, criticism, or abandonment. Fear of intimacy is caused by past traumas.
Do you tend to think about where you are going and what you will be doing? Does your mind wander off and perhaps dwell on events in the past, or worry about the future? That is actually quite common, and for many, takes learned skills to do otherwise. Mindfulness is all about being present in the moment. It is acknowledging where you are, what is happening, how you are feeling—as well as how each of these components relate to each other.