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When considering ways to be healthy, most people would not add self-awareness to the top of their lists. Things such as eating vegetables, exercising regularly and the right combination of medications are at the top of everyone’s list. However, self-awareness is an integral step to the “Art of Healing Thyself.” Last month, we discussed how there are steps to healing thyself, and being self-aware is the first step. 

While some might roll their eyes and say, “This sounds wacky to me, I just need a list of dos and don’ts, and I’ll be good.” This so-called list has its downfalls because lists do not have the flexibility to change to certain situations that might possibly not have been considered when making the list. 

Self-awareness is important to heart health because it is fluid and flexible to each day’s challenges, joys and situations. It is about understanding your own needs, desires, failings, habits and everything else that makes you unique. The more you know about yourself, the better you are at adapting to any situation that comes your way.  The more in tune you are with your body, you become more determined and assertive to answer to your body’s needs toward a healthier you.

At the root of self-awareness is self-talk. It’s having a conversation with yourself and others.  You ask yourself questions pertaining to your heart health such as: 

“Is what I’m eating right now helping me get healthier, or am I sabotaging myself from getting on the right track?” 

“What can I do today to make one more positive step toward a healthy lifestyle?" 

“Have I made this mistake before, because I don’t want to repeatedly mess up?"

Self-awareness also has another important component. It knows your weakness. If you’re a person who has a weakness (which we all do) it’s time to ask for feedback from a trusted person. Allowing yourself to expose your weaknesses is an important step to getting help for your heart. 

Developing the skills of self-awareness is enduring with benefits that will last a lifetime.  Dr. Corrielus wants to help you develop and master those skills on your journey toward your healthier heart.  Call his office today to schedule your appointment.

Posted on behalf of Corrielus Cardiology

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