It Takes Two: Self-Care Plus Self-Awareness
A recent article published by NPR News highlights something that most people probably don’t think about: in order to achieve the full picture in terms of overall happiness and self-love, you need to focus on two things: self-care and self-awareness.
Self-Care: What’s that?
Self-care is pretty basic, and refers to the act of caring for oneself. Millennials (as reported by the article), are pretty good at this, but those in older generations tend to lack when it comes to self-care. Self-care includes things like investing in self-improvement, working out, eating well, getting enough sleep, using stress management techniques, investing in life coaching and other therapies, etc.
Self-Awareness – A Trickier Piece of the Puzzlerr
The hardest part about self-care is probably finding the time that is necessary to actually take care of oneself. Self-awareness, on the other hand, is a much more complicated part of the self-love conundrum, and requires having conscious knowledge of one’s own desires, feelings, actions, and motives. Self-awareness means a capacity for introspection, which can be especially challenging into today’s world that tends to focus on external motivation and stimulation. Some tips for becoming more self-aware include practicing meditation, reflecting on personal goals and objectives, writing down plans and desires, and having an open mind as it pertains to feedback and criticism.
Take a moment to reflect on yourself right now: Are you investing time in self-care? What about self-awareness?