Anything you can do to reduce stress will go a long way towards improving your health.

Stress is known to contribute to a variety of physical and mental health problems.  And not being sufficiently self-aware to allow for appropriate management of our stress, emotions and responses, is a main contributor to our stress levels and health getting out of hand.

 

Increase self-awareness for stress management

Increasing your self-awareness is an important first step towards:

  • reducing symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression,
  • developing self-compassion, and
  • improving your overall well-being.

How to increase self-awareness and reduce stress

One way to increase your self-awareness is by practicing mindfulness.  Being mindful is defined as paying attention to the present moment.  It is focusing on your experiences, thoughts, and feelings as an ‘observer’ – equipped with an open mind, curiosity, and a willingness to just sit with whatever is happening in the moment.

Practicing mindfulness is a great source of stress relief in our modern lives.  It encourages us to stop for a moment, focus on our breath, observe our thoughts and feelings, and to be more connected with our experience of life.

Read an article I wrote for FlyingSolo outlining 4 simple ways to conquer stress AND increase productivity

Benefits of practicing mindfulness

Research shows practicing mindfulness can improve many health issues, including:

  • relieving symptoms of anxiety and depression,
  • reducing emotional reactivity,
  • lowering blood pressure,
  • boosting the immune system,
  • increasing attention and focus,
  • supporting well-being, and
  • strengthening the areas of the brain responsible for decision making, emotional flexibility, and empathy.

Mindfulness Resources

The Mindful Awareness Research Centre (MARC) provides a variety of free guided mindfulness meditations that you can practice on your own.  Each of these meditations leads you through a reflective mindful practice aimed at increasing your capacity for calm, objective observation, as well as increasing your awareness and focus – essential tools for self-awareness (and for improving self-confidence), as well as being a fantastic source of relaxation – what’s not to LOVE!

MARC also offers free weekly meditation podcasts.  It is one of my favourite resources.  Give it a try.

And remember – practice improves everything!  Don’t expect miracles on your first attempt.

What’s your favourite self-care resource?

Do you have a favourite resource that you find supports you to maintain your well-being?  Please drop me a line and tell me about it so we can share the love with others.

 


 

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I am a qualified Social Worker with over a decade of experience helping individuals to successfully transition through life changes, overcome obstacles, and increase self-determination.  Get your FREE eBook: 5 Steps to Bring Your Confidence out of Hibernation, by clicking the button below.

 

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