Mindfulness and Self Awareness: The Keys to Good Mental Health

Mindfulness and Self Awareness: The Keys to Good Mental Health

Mental health is something that is often overlooked, but it is extremely important. In order to have good mental health, we need to be mindful and aware of our thoughts and feelings. This involves being honest with ourselves and accepting who we are. In this blog post, we will discuss the importance of mindfulness and self awareness in regards to mental health. We will also provide some tips on how you can improve your mental health by becoming more mindful and self-aware!

Our brain is a generator of thoughts, not all of them mean something. We must learn which thoughts deserve our focus and energy and learn how to let the other thoughts flow out of our mind.

This understanding gives us power over our thoughts and emotions instead of letting them control us.

When we are in control of our thoughts and emotions, we are better able to manage stress, relate to others, and make choices that are good for us.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the practice of present moment awareness. It’s about learning to focus your attention on the current moment and letting go of distractions from the past or future. When you’re mindful, you become more aware of your surroundings and self and observe your thoughts and emotions without judgment.

The first step is mindfulness, learning to be aware of our thoughts and feelings without judgment. This means paying attention to your thoughts, feelings, and surroundings without judgment. Mindfulness can help you become more self-aware.

Self-awareness is the second step and it builds on mindfulness. Once we are aware of our thoughts and feelings, we can start to understand why we think and feel certain ways.

What is Self-Awareness?

Self-awareness is the act of monitoring your own thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. This includes being able to understand why you think or feel certain ways in different situations. It’s important to remember that self-awareness is not self-judgment; it’s simply about observing and understanding your own thoughts and feelings.

Self-awareness is being conscious of your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It’s the ability to see yourself clearly and objectively. So often we get wrapped up in our own thoughts and emotions that we lose sight of what’s really going on.

Self-awareness is also key to good mental health. This means having a clear understanding of your own strengths and weaknesses, as well as your values and beliefs. Once you know yourself better, it becomes easier to make positive changes in your life. It’s also important to have realistic expectations for

Without self awareness what do we have?  This is the first step toward growth.  If we don’t have a clear understanding of our thoughts and feelings, then it’s difficult to control them. If we’re not in control of our thoughts and feelings, they will end up controlling us. That’s not a recipe for mental health; that’s a recipe for disaster.

Benefits of Mindfulness and Self-Awareness

There are many benefits to both self-awareness and mindfulness. Some of these benefits include:

  • improved mental health
  • reduced stress levels
  • better sleep
  • increased focus and concentration
  • improved relationships

Self-Compassion

Sometimes we can be our own worst critic but why not be our own best friend?  One way to improve mental health is by having self-compassion. This means being kind and understanding towards ourselves when we make mistakes or are going through a tough time. It also involves forgiving ourselves and recognizing that we are human. We all deserve compassion and understanding, especially from ourselves!

We will work on building self esteem and confidence because those traits are essential for a happy life. We have to give some love to ourselves before we can truly feel loved.

Self-awareness and mindfulness are important keys to good mental health. By taking the time to pay attention to your thoughts and feelings, you can learn to better understand and cope with them. If you find that you are struggling to be self-aware or mindful, consider seeking help from a mental health professional. They can help you develop healthy coping mechanisms and work through any underlying issues. Remember, you deserve compassion and understanding!

Manage Anxiety

Anxiety, generally speaking, is the anticipation and worry of a future threat that has not yet come to pass. These thoughts and feelings can be intrusive or race in our minds. If we’re not careful, we can get “stuck” in these anxious thoughts. This can cause a disruption to our sleep and focus, and make it difficult to manage everyday tasks. It can be overwhelming and cause a variety of psychological concerns that can also impact us physically. Some physical manifestations include anxiety attacks and panic attacks.

Learning how to manage anxiety is a key part of maintaining mental health. In order to be there for others, it is essential that you take care of yourself first. This means getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, and exercising regularly. Sometimes clients with severe anxiety get stuck in what is known as Over Care. This is when a person becomes so focused on taking care of others that they forget to take care of themselves.

There are a number of things we can do to help manage our anxiety. One of the most important things is to be mindful of our thoughts and feelings, and work to understand what might be causing them. If we can identify the root cause of our anxiety, it can be easier to find ways to cope with it. Remind yourself that you are reacting to internal stressors. Look around and assess whether you are in any immediate danger.

It is also important to be aware of our breathing. When we are anxious, our breathing can become shallow and rapid. This can make us feel lightheaded and dizzy, and can even lead to fainting. Try to focus on taking deep, slow breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. This will help you with regulating your heart rate.

Another thing to keep in mind is that we are not our thoughts. We can observe our thoughts, but we are not them. This can be a difficult concept to grasp, but it is an important one. Just because we have a thought does not mean that it is true. Thoughts are just thoughts. They are not reality yet they can shape our perceived reality.

There are different ways to manage anxiety. Some people may find that therapy or medication helps. Others may find that relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, or deep breathing exercises work well.

Go wash your hands. And then take a moment to be aware of the sensation of the water on your skin, the temperature, the smell of the soap. Splash some cold water on your face if you can. Bring your awareness to your body. Notice where you are holding tension. Maybe it’s in your shoulders, or your stomach. See if you can soften that area and release the tension.

This is mindfulness. It is being present in the moment and observing what is happening around us and within us, without judgment.

And finally, remember that you are not alone in this. Mental illness is common, and there is help available if you need it. A mental health professional can assist you in developing anxiety management skills.

It is also important to find time for activities that you enjoy. People with anxiety often confuse over care and true care, and it is important to distinguish between the two in order to alleviate intensity of anxiety symptoms. If you find that your anxiety is interfering with your ability to take care of yourself or others, please reach out for help.

Self-awareness is key to mental health maintenance. This means being aware of your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. By incorporating mindfulness and self awareness, individuals and couples will learn how to improve their self esteem, cope with major life transitions, loss of love and affection, and life’s variety of stressors.

Seek Resources

If you’re interested in increasing your self-awareness or practicing mindfulness, there are many resources available to help you get started. There are also many mental health professionals who can help you if you’re struggling with mental health issues. Remember, you don’t have to go through this journey alone. Seek out the support that you need and deserve.

Seek Professional Help

Mental health can be viewed as having a cold.  When you have a cold, you go to the doctor or take medicine, why not the same for mental health symptoms?  Taking care of your mental health is vital for living a happy and successful life. It allows you to think clearly, feel good about yourself, maintain healthy relationships, and cope with stress. Mental health should be a priority for everyone.

Mental health should be a priority just as much as your physical well-being. If you’re sick, you’d go to a doctor. If you want to improve your physical health, you may hire a personal trainer.

We need to normalize mental health and seeking professional help. This is one way  to reduce mental health stigma.

A mental health therapist will help you identify your goals for treatment and create a suitable plan of action.

Therapy does not have to be about talking about the bad things going on, I want to hear the big picture and what is going right for you so I can know the whole you.  From there we can start to explore what might not be working as well. I will provide some education and guidance along the way, but ultimately it is up to you to choose how to live your life. You are the expert on you.

How to Improve Mindfulness and Self-Awareness

Good mental health is essential for living a happy and fulfilling life. Mindfulness and self-awareness are two key components of good mental health.

The good news is that mindfulness and self-awareness are skills that can be learned. And like any skill, the more you practice them, the better you’ll become at using them. So if you’re looking to improve your mental health, start by paying attention to your thoughts and feelings—without judgment. Then work on getting to know yourself better. The more you understand about yourself, the easier it will be to make positive changes in your

I will challenge you to self reflect and help you articulate/identify thoughts and emotions to communicate them effectively to your partner/friend/family/coworkers.  I will provide coping mechanisms for when things outside of your control are stressing you out. I will give you permission to put yourself first without guilt. Lastly, we will work on building self esteem and confidence because those traits are essential for a happy life.

Actionable First Steps for Mindfulness and Self Awareness

So where do you begin? Here are some tips:

– Pay attention to your thoughts and feelings: Notice when you are feeling anxious, stressed, or down. Acknowledge these emotions without judgment.

– Accept yourself: What are the underlying issues that are motivating unhelpful behaviors? Once you start examining and understanding  your thoughts and emotions, you can start to accept yourself for who you are.

-Work on getting to know yourself better. What are your values? What makes you happy? What do you need in order to feel fulfilled?

-Challenge yourself to step outside of your comfort zone. Try new things and push yourself to grow in different

– Be present in the moment: When you find yourself worrying about the future or dwelling on the past, take a few deep breaths and focus on what is happening in the present moment.

Summary

I hope this mental health therapy blog post has given you some insights into mindfulness and self-awareness. Remember, these are key components of good mental health. If you’re struggling with mental health issues, seek out professional help. There is no shame in getting the support that you need to live a healthy, happy life. Thanks for reading!

If mental health therapy interests you and want to learn more about how I work with clients through mindful self-awareness check out my therapist bio page to learn more about me or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

What do you think about mindfulness and self-awareness? If you found this post helpful, please share it with others who might benefit from it. Thanks for reading!

Warmest wishes,

Joslyn Justi, LMFT

Heal Your Roots Wellness

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