12 ways to practice self awareness

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Being self aware dramatically changes how we live. Understanding how we feel and why, what we are thinking, and how we are being perceived means we can facilitate better relationships privately and professionally.

Peter Guber, CEO of Mandalay Entertainment, owner of the Golden State Warriors and best selling author, even said that self awareness is ‘the most important skill for career success’. So how do we become more self aware—especially when we’re scared about what we’ll find out?

Huffington Post and The Utopian Life put together this infographic, giving 12 steps to practice self awareness in your own life. Starting with asking yourself ‘why?’ every time to make a decision, to changing your posture, monitoring your self talk, being accountable, knowing your personality type and practicing meditation, try a couple of these practices this week and see what you learn about yourself.

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How your Personality Type Can Affect your Mental Health

Have you ever been called a ‘worry wart’ or an ‘overachiever’? Many of us are built with character traits that can lead us inward focused. We have personalities that excel in moments of introspection. This means we are able to achieve a lot. Ask any perfectionist or over achiever what their goals and ambitions are and many will have a ten step plan for getting there. Then there are those of us who excel in moments if intensity and pressure. We get our best work done at the last minute and the concept of a life without stress is a foreign to us. We are ‘daydreamers’ or ‘dramatists’ to our friends and family, but we each hold unique qualities that enable us to thrive in different situations.

In order to thrive we need to care for our mental health, and in this interesting infographic from Health Central, we are shown which particular personality types struggle with mental health conditions. If you identify with any of these personality types, you may be more prone to feelings of anxiety, stress and depression. This can occur due to a combination of our personality traits as well as our lifestyle.

As well as identifying what mental health conditions we are more likely to experience, this infographic also gives practical tips on how each personality type can care for their mental health. It notes that introverts can find therapy useful due to its focus on communication, perfectionists will find it beneficial to reassess their goals, and over achievers may need to forgive themselves.

Obviously these tips can be hard to follow through in. Any habit is hard to break, and when we are naturally inclined to think or act in a specific way, it can be challenging to alter how we operate. Yet no matter what our predisposed personality is, we are all able to live in a healthy and fulfilling way. Look at your own life and think about how you react in certain situations. Every person is unique, and you have some wonderful traits to share with the world. But you deserve to live them out in a healthy and happy lifestyle, so embrace you and look at how you can care for yourself.

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For a high res look at this infographic, view the PDF here.

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