Self-Awareness Activities for Adults

Instructor: David Wood

David has taught Honors Physics, AP Physics, IB Physics and general science courses. He has a Masters in Education, and a Bachelors in Physics.

Improving your self-awareness can have multiple benefits for people of all ages. All suitable for adults, here are several possible activities to improve self-awareness.

Self-Awareness Activities for Adults

Self-awareness is the ability of someone to identify themselves as separate from the environment they are in. More practically, it's the ability to understand yourself physically and mentally. Improving self-awareness can improve your life in many ways. First, it can lead to being proactive instead of reactive, being genuinely happy instead of feigning happiness, and having deeper overall experiences. Additionally, increasing self-awareness results in increased ability to control thoughts, heightening one's positivity and outlook on life. Self-awareness is big deal, especially for adults. In this lesson, we'll provide a few possible activities for improving self-awareness.

Reflection Activities

A huge part of self-awareness is the ability to reflect. In order to be self-aware, you must look at yourself objectively and identify what you're thinking and feeling and why. Reflection activities can be done in a journal, or separately by answering individual prompts. Here are a few possible prompts to use:

  • What are your beliefs and principles?
  • What motivates you?
  • What emotions are you feeling right now? What emotions did you feel over the past day? What caused them?
  • What have you been thinking about? Have you been devoting too much or too little time to that thinking?
  • In what ways have you been reactive or proactive lately?
  • What do you want out of life?
  • What have you done well, and what could you improve on in the last week?

Meditation & Mind Clearing

Mindfulness, or consciousness of position and state, is just one part of self-awareness. It also means being present in the moment. One way to achieve this is through meditation. Meditation accomplishes two primary tasks: it clears the mind, and then focuses the mind on your present experiences.

There are many mindfulness and mind clearing meditation processes available online. Generally, they follow the same path, First, they provide guidance for clearing the mind of all thoughts to give a fresh canvas. Next, you focus on what you are feeling and sensing right now: your place in the room, the shape, and texture of objects around you, the things you can smell, the way you feel, and more. These kinds of exercises can teach you to be more present, and not let life pass you by.

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