Have you ever seen ants marching in search of food? They just follow one another in an almost endless game that seems to drone on and on. Does your life feel like an ant's life like you're going from day to day, doing the same thing, the same way, and nothing ever changes? If so, then there's a very good probability that you're not practicing self-awareness. Self-awareness is being aware of your life and the things you're doing.
Self-awareness is also about taking the time to stop and smell the roses, so you can see where you fit into the whole picture. Moreover, self-awareness is a vital component in enjoying the fleeting moments we have on Earth. Learn the 5 benefits of self-awareness in life as you read on.
1Provides Relief From Stress
Conscious living can be a great stress reliever. Not only does it make life more enjoyable when you alleviate your stress, but it also makes you healthier. Stress affects every process in our bodies and can cause serious disease if it builds up within us.
To start living more consciously, take some time to stop throughout the day and look around. Be aware of where you are and what's around you. Become conscious of your surroundings and notice how you fit into them.
2Expands Your Horizons
As you become more aware of your surroundings, you'll find that you can better understand the world and your place in it. It's important to take note of what's going on around you and be aware of what you're doing. Self-awareness brings you an understanding of what you're capable of doing and paves the way for you to get where you want to go.
To practice self-awareness, start noticing the details. Look at the green on the trees or the condensation dripping down the side of the cup. Become in tune with what your body feels and actually search out the sensations of your fingers and toes while feeling your chest rise and fall with each breath.
3Keeps You Focused
Throughout the day, you'll be more focused on your work if you're self-aware. You'll be consciously acting on a specific task at the moment. In other words, self-awareness keeps you focused.
Take time to breathe. Take deep breaths and be in the moment. Don't think about what you've done or what you still have to do. Just take a minute or two, to breathe!
4Brings More Passion In Relationships
While living consciously, your relationships will become more meaningful. You'll be appreciative of them as well as the other person. You'll also be more in tune with your partner and aware of every want and need.
5Helps You Know Your Importance
With self-awareness, your job will become more fulfilling. You'll be more conscious of your role in the grand scheme of things. You no longer just answer a phone or hand someone a photocopy, but you are consciously making a difference.
Give time for learning. Take a few minutes each day to try something new. Pick up a book that you've wanted to read or learn a new skill. By doing this, you're starting to become conscious of your life and the things you can do with it.
6Brings Color Into Your World
Your surroundings will become more vibrant if you are self-aware. You'll notice things like the subtle differences between the shades of the trees. You will even be aware of the direction of the soft breeze.
7Makes Life More Fun
When you're living consciously, bad days are few and far between. You feel good about yourself. You will also feel at peace with the world you are living in.
There are many things you can do to live life to its fullest. Luckily, transforming your humdrum life into one filled with vibrant joy is easier than you may think! Just make some simple adjustments to your everyday routines.
Consciously living is one of the easiest changes to make on a day-to-day basis. Take a few of these ideas, integrate them into your routine, and begin enjoying the benefits of living consciously! Then, you can live consciously and enjoy your life more fully.
Jackie Wing is an Alaska native, who enjoys snowboarding more than is probably socially acceptable. She lives in Anchorage with her two dogs Reese and Peanut, or as she likes to call them "Thing 1" and "Thing 2."