self-awareness and self-acceptance

self-awareness is the experience of one’s own personality or individuality. Photo: Pexels

How self-awareness and acceptance impact our mental health

Our relationship with ourselves, which involves self-acceptance and self-awareness, has an impact on our mental and emotional health.

self-awareness and self-acceptance

self-awareness is the experience of one’s own personality or individuality. Photo: Pexels

While we all have a basic idea of what self-awareness is, we don’t fully understand where it comes from, why it’s important to cultivate, or why some people seem to have more or less of it than others.

This definition was offered by psychologists Shelley Duval and Robert Wicklund:

“Self-awareness is the ability to focus on yourself and how your actions, thoughts, or emotions do or don’t align with your internal standards. If you’re highly self-aware, you can objectively evaluate yourself, manage your emotions, align your behaviour with your values and understand correctly how others perceive you.”

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Why is developing a relationship with oneself important?

The majority of people live much of their lives unaware of who they are. We dispute the value of being unique because of the pressure we receive from our parents both at home and on social media to act or speak a specific way.

We truly go through life not knowing who we really are, how to accept and love ourselves, or how to appreciate the beauty within ourselves.

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Everything in our lives, from how we choose to carry ourselves to the choices we make, depends on how well we get along with ourselves.

It’s crucial to have this, but it’s one of those topics that isn’t often mentioned, and most of the time, we always spend more time trying to connect with people than we do with ourselves.

You may be purposeful in the relationships you enter into by knowing who you are on all levels of being.

It takes a lot to have a healthy relationship with oneself; it entails self-awareness, self-acceptance, and self-care, as well as self-forgiveness and simply being honest in a culture that denigrates individuality and celebrates trends.

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Before we even comprehend what, those terms imply, we are taught how to act, how to behave, and what kind of career is best for us. As a result, we are frequently driven into despair because we are unable to recognise the issue.

Self-awareness and acceptance have an anchoring impact since we are frequently compelled to “fit in” in environments. Although it can be frightening, spending time with one’s thoughts and everything else is ultimately vital.