If we detoxify our body to the best of our ability, it will naturally start to heal itself. But the process should not only include the physical sense of healthiness that there’s not much sickness in it but also targets an overall level as well. Meaning, there’s this strengthening of emotional and mental well-being too. In psychology, it shows that there’s a correlation between the emotional and psychological ability to the kind of lifestyle we have. So with that, our actions and way of living create a specific effect on our overall function.
“A self-care checklist is an excellent first step in bringing awareness to how you manage the stress in your life. Notice the areas of your life that need extra attention and begin to develop your own self-care plan.” – Teena Evert, LMFT
Perhaps a lot of us think the same way. That because we are not feeling anything painful within our body, we assume we’re physically ok. The same goes for our mental function. When we feel off all the time, we ignore it and find that our emotional crisis is somehow reasonable. We don’t often go more in-depth in knowing what’s bothering us physically, emotionally, and mentally. There are also instances that even if we know something wrong; we wait for it to go away eventually. With that, the whole process of getting better becomes impossible because we tend to disregard the fact, signs, and symptoms that show a particularly negative thing exists inside of us.
As humans, we think that the way we usually handle our lives is the only way to do it. We are afraid to make changes, and we often don’t like to compromise. Why is that? Perhaps we are used to doing things that are more convenient for us. But there’s a problem with that. We often complain about getting better in mental, physical, and emotional aspects, but we are not trying to change or do things that make it possible to happen. We want to achieve a goal that we know is attainable, but don’t want to take steps. It becomes a big deal because we often live in the idea of wanting great things without the effort of working for it. With that kind of mindset, we invite negativity that results in severe overall damages.
When we are broken, it’s either we immediately find ways to fix ourselves or keep things into the flow. But in a more easeful manner, we try and solve things one way or another. However, doing it over and over again, we somehow recognize that we are in an unwanted situation where we thought about liking things differently. So how can we manage to get up and become a better version of ourselves?
Self-Awareness Is The Key
With the entire struggle, we encounter in our lives such as emotional, physical, and mental, and with all the decisions we have to make, everything falls into one particular factor – self-awareness. It allows us not only to know how things around us affect us but also provides us answers to manage it. It promotes self-development. With self-awareness, we become conscious of how certain things happen with or without first-hand experience. It becomes a window that allows us to know that something exists. That’s because there is the buildup of a natural inclination of detoxifying the overall balance of the mind and body.
E. Michael Priddy, LCPC, says that each one of us goes through difficulties and that “there’s nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it.” “In fact,” he continues, “therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you’re at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.”
With self-awareness, our feelings and emotions start to change. There’s this sense of clarity because the changes are happening inside and out. We begin to focus our thoughts on meaningful and relevant decisions that best serve us. It helps us let go of a lot of negative things and beliefs we try to hold onto.
The solution gets derived from our perception. Meaning, we come up with something based on how we can see and understand our problem. But that perception gets determined by our self-awareness. With increased self-awareness, it would start to make us experiment in solutions that involve taking care of our selves’ overall development. So rather than sticking to what we believe in, and attempting to figure things out without the effort of changing, self-awareness makes us turn to things in broad perspectives.
“As the name of the practice implies, I feel that your self-awareness holds the key to determining the best healing course for you and learning to choose what is right for you. I believe that helping you listen deeply to your self is the single most important gift that I can offer. Developing this skill is a lifelong endeavour.” – Deborah Orandon, LPC
Humans develop by following extremely predictable patterns. Therefore, all of us understand our needs in taking care of ourselves in more complex ways. Thus, it is vital to remember that the only way to heal one’s self is by starting to reach a better functioning self-awareness.