Self-awareness is a concept most of us are familiar with – an understanding of ourselves and the reactions that stem from our actions. This social skill allows us to be empathetic with the people around us, so it comes as no surprise that self-awareness is essential to have healthy relationships – platonic OR romantic.
Here are some ways to better develop self-awareness to be more emotionally available and supportive in our everyday lives:
One way to keep us alert of our everyday struggles is through journaling. When we get caught up in our hectic schedules, we lose a sense of ourselves. Our minds are racing, trying to come up with short-term solutions for any assignments, chores, or events. Writing down our thoughts is a great way to slow down, reflect, AND point out any stressors that might be worth addressing.
The most effective way to achieve self-awareness is with the help of a therapist or coach. These trained professionals provide an environment for you to analyze your past to see how it affects your current self. With each session, you will become more mindful and aware of your emotional decisions – prompting you to make better ones in the future. And the best part of it all? Therapy and coaching are available at multiple price-points and approaches. Ranging from group sessions to online counseling, to even mobile-app coaching such as Relish.
This one might be a little obvious, but one of the most therapeutic ways to develop self-awareness is by opening up about your feelings. Really, it’s a form of self-care. Getting in the habit of sharing experiences and feelings with the people around you, will encourage them to do the same. This practice will boost your confidence while nurturing every single one of your relationships. Next time you’re laying on the couch with your partner or are out to lunch with your friend, ask thought-provoking questions or open up about your weekly challenges. It will strengthen the bond you have with the people around you.