How are you feeling right now?
What can you do today to improve your well-being?
All kinds of great things start with your self:
But the most important of them all is self-awareness.
Self-awareness, or mindfulness, is the secret ingredient in our well-being pizza. It’s the trick to making all of the other ingredients a little bit better.
Self-awareness means learning how to accurately identify your feelings, thoughts, and actions. When you understand WHY you’re doing or feeling something, it’s a lot easier to decide if it’s a good or bad thing for you and those around you. Self-awareness also helps you understand other people and communicate so that you can have better relationships with others.
Why is self-awareness important?
People with good self-awareness are able to notice their own strengths and weaknesses. You see the things that you aren’t happy with, but you also see the things that make you a great person too.
People who are self-aware:
- Can figure out what is needed to do a task
- Can understand their feelings and talk about them with others
- Understand how their behaviour affects others
- Want to improve
- Learn from their mistakes
- Acknowledge other people’s feelings and needs
When we think about our 8 wellness ingredients on the well-being pizza, you can see that mindfulness can help you improve in other areas too.
Sleep – Understanding when you are tired and what steps to take to sleep better
Screen – Thinking about what you are doing on your screen and if it makes you feel good or bad
Sit – Realizing when you need to take a break and move around
Step – Making the time for physical activity and noticing how it makes you feel better
Snack – Considering whether or not you are hungry and taking the time to eat slowly
Social – Identifying the feelings of others, including your family and friends
Stress – Figuring out what is causing you stress and how you can help alleviate it