I believe health is comprised of our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual states. Sometimes it seems just when you get one area balanced, the next state is one of imbalance. 

If you feel like life is not working for you, it’s a sign that you may be out of alignment. It’s ok. It’s good that you noticed. 

Awareness Is The Sign You’ve Been Looking For.

Did you know that humans have over 40,000 thoughts per day combined with 4,000 emotions? How on Earth are we managing this on a daily basis? Here are some questions to ask yourself to bring about self awareness.

Are you moving your physical body each day and breaking a sweat?

Are you managing your mood and mindset with meditation for mental, emotional and spiritual health?

Are you drinking enough water and giving your body the proper nutrition fuel and rest that it requires?

Are you getting restful sleep and experiencing sustainable energy throughout the day?

When we check in with our emotions and what’s coming up, we learn, we get curious, we grow. We want to be mindful not to judge, blame, shame or guilt. Then, we can start to set goals around feeling better in the key areas of our life such as mindset, nutrition, our physical body, our home environment, relationships and career. Our mind is wired to want to fix it all at once. But, we know with research that quick fixes only offer temporary solutions. For lasting results, we must focus on what is in or control to do. This is our daily practice of self care. Shifting the belief that self care is selfish, is the first step. What if self care was not selfish, but selfless? What would that look and feel like to you? 

Here are some ways to become more self aware:

  1. Look at yourself objectively.
  2. Keep a gratitude journal.
  3. Write down your goals, plans, and priorities. 
  4. Perform daily self-reflection. What went well today?
  5. Practice meditation and other mindfulness habits. 
  6. Take a personality test.
  7. Ask trusted friends to describe you. 
  8. Ask and be open to feedback at work.

If we are not aware that we are out of alignment in any of the key areas of life, we will continue to do the same things over and over again, expecting a different result. Sometimes we can’t see our own blind spots because the issue may be to close for us to solve alone. Accountability and perspective are key to building awareness and lasting results when you are focused on why you began in the first place. 

“Pain pushes until vision pulls.” – Michael Bernard Beckwith

Awareness and self reflection are powerful tools to begin any type of change and to feel our best. We can’t change what we don’t acknowledge. What area of your health or life are you ready improve?

Sheila Petersen is a writer, speaker and Transformation Coach positively dedicated to helping you become the person you desire.This work focuses directly on mindset and nutrition in all of the key areas of life – Home Cooking, Home Environment, Physical Activity, Creativity, Joy, Spirituality, Career, Relationship, Education and Finances. Sheila is a certified health and lifestyle coach with a proven record of helping people who are ready to make changes in their life through customized plans, online courses and one-on-one sessions. 

Content provided by Women Belong member Sheila Petersen