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  • Writer's pictureDebbie Heneghan

Activate Your Self-Awareness: Exercises to Empower You

Updated: 3 days ago

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Have you ever felt lost in the daily grind, unsure of your true desires, or how to navigate life's challenges? This lack of self-awareness can leave us feeling adrift. The good news? Cultivating self-awareness is a journey, not a destination, and there are simple practices you can incorporate into your daily routine to illuminate the path forward.

Why Self-Awareness Matters

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Self-awareness is like having an internal map – it allows you to understand your thoughts, emotions, values, actions and motivations. With this knowledge, you can make more conscious choices, navigate challenges with greater ease, and build a fulfilling relationship with yourself and others. Below are a few exercises to first help you settle your mind and your being. This will open the door to your journey to self-empowerment:

  • Find Your Anchor: The Power of Breathwork:  In the midst of life's chaos, slowing down and focusing on your breath can be incredibly grounding. Take a few minutes each day to practice mindful breathing. Sit comfortably, close your eyes (optional), and focus on the sensation of your breath entering and leaving your body. Count your breaths silently, acknowledging any distractions without judgment, and gently guide your attention back to your breath.

  • Unmask Your Mind: Meditation for Clarity: Meditation is like giving your mind a mini-vacation. Find a quiet space, set a timer for 5-10 minutes, and simply observe your thoughts. Don't try to control or judge them – let them come and go like clouds in the sky. Over time, meditation can help you become more aware of your thought patterns and emotional triggers. There are many guided meditations available online or through apps like Headspace or Calm to get you started.

  • Cultivate Gratitude: Journaling Your Blessings:  Gratitude journaling is a powerful tool for shifting your perspective and boosting self-awareness. Take 5-10 minutes each day, morning or night, to write down three things you're grateful for. These can be big things like good health or a loving family, or small things like a delicious cup of coffee or a beautiful sunset. The key is to focus on the positive aspects of your life.

  • Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Self-Appreciation Through Reflection:  Standing in front of the mirror and expressing gratitude for yourself might feel awkward at first, but it can be a transformative practice. Look into your eyes and say something kind and appreciative about yourself. Acknowledge your strengths, your resilience, and your beauty (both inner and outer). Over time, this practice can foster self-compassion and acceptance.

Ready to Supercharge Your Self-Awareness Journey?

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We're thrilled to announce the launch of our brand new app, "Let’s Be REAL," next month! Designed to be your pocket-sized guide, with me as your virtual coach, to self-authenticity. Let’s Be REAL offers a variety of daily practices to support your journey to live your most authentic, abundant life ever imagined, including:

  • Exercises to help you understand who you are by engaging in observation of yourself throughout the day; how to recognize what's working or not working for you; and what to do about it all.

  • Practices to improve your life journey and to bring more ease and harmony into day to day life and all experiences in life.

  • Ways to step into your power and live from your true authentic self, and why this makes a very big positive impact.  

  • Deep understanding of your physical self, your true divine high self, your ego, your Higher Power and how each are driving forces in your life. Which one is your "go to?"

  • Encouragement to embrace introspection and reflection of you and all aspects of you and your life.

  • Gratitude exercises to cultivate a positive mindset.  Put on an “attitude of gratitude!”

  • Self-compassion practices to boost self-love and acceptance

  • And so much more!

Download Let’s Be REAL next month and unlock a deeper understanding of yourself! Available on iOS and Android.


  • Consistency is Key: The more you practice the different exercises and. methods provided, the more they will become second nature and the greater the impact they will have on your true self and your overall life.

  • Find What Works for You: Experiment with different practices and find what resonates most with you.

  • Embrace the Journey: Embracing your power and your authentic self is a lifelong practice, so be patient with yourself and celebrate your progress along the way.

Join the Conversation!

This blog is your space to explore embracing your own inner power and authenticity and to share your experiences. In the comments below, tell us: What self-awareness exercise are you most curious to try? And what has worked for you in the past? 

Stay tuned for future posts where we'll delve deeper into specific exercises and explore how the act of being more aware of 'you' can empower you in all areas of your life!


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