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How To Really Know Yourself And Seek Self-Improvement

Getting to really know yourself and seek self-improvement requires a holistic approach. The holistic approach entails taking care of the physical, social, intellectual, mental, and emotional needs and all the interconnected aspects. In this blog, I explore how these facets can assist in the quest of understanding oneself on a much deeper level and lead to self-improvement.

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Know yourself

So how do you really get to know yourself and seek self-improvement?

a) Silence

A good place to start is always silence. Turn the television and the radio off and spend some quality quiet time alone to reflect on your thoughts and feelings. Doing this gives you more insight and understanding of your emotions and mental state.

If something has happened recently, you can use your quiet time to get to the bottom of your feelings and decide how you could handle things in the future.

It is important to be emotionally aware of your feelings and how they impact your behaviour. Observing patterns or triggers that may affect your emotional state and practising self-care regularly will also be useful.

b) Check In With Your Mental Health

You can do this by practising mindfulness. Mindfulness is a word that is thrown around a lot these days. And for me, mindfulness means being fully present in the moment and taking in my surroundings without any distractions.

It also means being in tune with my body, mind and spirit, being aware of my thoughts and feelings, and knowing when to curb negative thoughts that are not backed by evidence.

If there is a need, one can also seek professional health.

c) Get Regular Exercise.

Taking the time to reflect on your physical health means paying attention to your body's needs and taking care of yourself through exercise, healthy eating, and adequate rest. Exercise not only benefits your physical health, but it can also improve your mental and emotional well-being. Find a form of exercise you enjoy and make it a regular part of your routine.

d) Connect With Others

Having strong social connections does wonders for my mental and emotional health. Making time to connect with friends and family or joining a group or club that interests you is crucial because when you engage with others, you discover other things about yourself by seeing yourself through other people's eyes.

e) Explore Your Spirituality

Always check in with your beliefs and values. This means exploring different spiritual practices and connecting with a community that aligns with your beliefs. In a world constantly trying to tell you what to think and believe, having and maintaining your own beliefs is crucial.

Whether it's through meditation, prayer, or other practices, exploring your spirituality can help you connect with something greater than yourself and find meaning in your life. For instance, when dealing with adversity and the pain is too much to bear, having something outside of myself helps me make sense of things, and my faith does that for me.

f) Being Open-minded

Finally, always be open to growth and change. This means being willing to learn, try new things, and challenge yourself to continue growing and developing. Because sometimes what we know is not the only thing there is to know, and there may be another way of looking at or doing things that work in your favour.

Watch the video below for more ways to know yourself and seek self-improvement.

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