Be a Better U: 5 Steps to Being More Self-Aware

Written by Meghan Baumler

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There’s always room for self-growth, always. Whether it be a goal to be on the honor roll, improve on a skill, or personal growth, there are always possibilities to exceed those goals and apply them daily. They say it takes about a month to form habits, but to me personal growth and self-help is something you learn over a lifetime. We all make mistakes, but that is what helps us grow and learn as individuals. I’m still young and may not be full of wisdom, but I have definitely grown throughout my college experience. Here are my tips for being a better you and being more self-aware.

 

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1. Journal

Journaling is a great way to clear your head and process your thoughts. Writing things down can be beneficial for stress, progress, or even just to put your thoughts on paper. You don’t have to be a great writer or have a fancy notebook. Taking the time to write about your day, what you’re thinking, or how you’re feeling is a great way to be more conscious of your feelings and habits, in turn, making you more self-aware.

 

2. Find Your Focus

With spring semester moving so quickly, it’s hard to find spare time. However, prioritizing an activity that you enjoy focusing on can be therapeutic and a way to manage stress or just take a break from studying. If you’re like me and stress out about everything, my “focus” is essential to my sanity. Getting in the zone can allow for mental clarity and make you feel more in control of your thoughts. Whether it be going to the gym, reading, cooking, video games, or taking a nap, taking some time to put your focus on something other than the essay you have due tomorrow night can be refreshing.

 

3. Self-Care AKA “Treat yo self” (for all the Parks and Recreation fans out there)

Lastly, while taking care of yourself is very important, make sure to reward yourself once in a while with pizza, ice cream, or that fancy coffee beverage. After a hard exam or an intense study session, having something to look forward to can be motivating!

 

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4. It’s Okay to Spend Time Alone

Make sure to take some time to go explore by yourself! This is a great way to gain independence, focus on how you work, and maybe even find a new hobby. It can be intimidating, but don’t be scared to go to a coffee shop, grocery shopping, or out to eat by yourself!

 

5. Surround Yourself With Positivity

By having a more positive attitude, you will attract positivity. It can be easier said than done, but I really believe it can change the perspective in any situation. I’ve definitely learned how to be more optimistic and gain a different perspective on situations by trying to have a more positive attitude.