Self-awareness is the ability to recognize your thoughts, feelings, and actions. It also includes the ability to be conscious of your impact on those around you. Self-awareness is associated with many positive outcomes, including increased confidence, emotional well-being, and improved communication.
Self awareness is not just something that comes automatically, you have to want it and work for it. A simple way to begin practicing self-awareness is by regularly checking and asking yourself:
What am I feeling in my body right now?
What thoughts are running through my mind? What am I saying to myself?
What emotions are around?
What am I wanting to do or what am I doing as a consequence of how I think and feel?
Of course, it goes without saying that self-awareness is not the sole ingredient for change and growth. There are many other factors needed for us to shift some of the challenges and ongoing patterns in our lives, but self-awareness seems to be the essential first step on this important path.