This is the second instalment in our four part blog series where we delve into everyday stresses and help you understand how CPD can help alleviate them.

So far we have already explored the digital world and how we need to consider if we need a digital detox and awareness of how this impacts on our mental health.

Self awareness is essential, as the more we know about ourselves and how we react under stress and pressure, the more able we are to deal with it. People with increased self-awareness feel more confident and make better decisions and better use of their strengths.

Knowing yourself, your strengths and limitations, what you need and where you’re going in life is key to personal development. Self-assessment in everyday situations allows you to give yourself feedback to improve and develop how you react to stressful or mentally toxic scenarios that you otherwise would’ve let control you. The more self-aware you are the more confidence, creativity and future focus you have. This allows you to take control of the situation instead.

Self-awareness was first theorised in 1972 by Duval and Wicklund in their book A Theory of Objective Self-Awareness. This book argues that if we focus our attention inwardly on ourselves, we tend to compare our behaviour in the current moment to our general standards and values. This triggers a state of impartial self-awareness.

Self-awareness, although central to who you are and how you work, is not something that is focused on in everyday life. It presents itself in certain situations that require it depending on your personality type. Scenarios that produce states of heightened awareness create the opportunity to change perception and behaviour towards it and allows you to potentially turn something negative into a positive outcome.

Choosing where you focus your emotions, attention, reactions and behaviour is the first step in creating the life you want. The more you learn about yourself, the easier it is to reconnect with who you are as a person and to understand how to utilise self-awareness as a tool in life. People who are more self-aware tend to act consciously rather than passively which allows them to proactively manage their thoughts, behaviours and emotions. It also tends to lead to better psychological health which includes increased moods and a more positive outlook on life.

Struggling to understand how you can become self-aware?

We’ve put together 5 tips to help you on your way.

Stop And Smell The Flowers

Life is too short so slow everything down and appreciate the little things in life. We can be totally absorbed by our phones and constantly being available that we are not in the present and aware of the beauty in life, nature and family that when we are too busy we overlook.

Step Outside Of Your Comfort Zone

Experiencing new things allows you to come out of your safe place in the comfort zone and to go into the learning space in the stretch zone and even in the panic zone, which will quickly identify your reaction to these situations and your preferences. Unfamiliar settings will prompt new and different responses that you never thought were possible; allowing you to investigate your true self even further.

Test Yourself

There are several diagnostics and online tools that you can use to test your personality type and the way you learn. Knowing this information allows you to approach situations in a better way. One credible personality type test is Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) which gives you a profile that reveals how we see and interact with the world, giving insight into our motivation and the motivation of others. This provides a strong foundation for personal growth and development, underpinning enhanced personal effectiveness. It facilitates the identification of your unique personality preferences and can help people to understand what makes them different to others. By highlighting an individual’s strengths and areas for development, they enable people to improve interpersonal relationships, build resilience and become more effective at work and in their personal life.  If you are interested check out their official website at www.opp.com or please do contact us as we are MBTI practitioners and can explain this further and discuss your needs and support you.

Regular Feedback

Ask for regular feedback from co-workers or friends. Let them take on the role of an honest mirror as it can be hard for us to be aware of how we come across to others. Remember the more self-aware the more confident, which leads to positive outcomes.

Talk Positively To Yourself

Create an encouraging inner dialogue with yourself that reinforces the positives of the situation. Willing yourself to succeed gives you the confidence that comes out in your body language and conversation. Every time you face a choice in life ask yourself: What are the benefits? Are you happy? Will this decision add stress to your life? What are the consequences? Are there any alternative solutions that will be better?

What Leap Like A Salmon offers you:

The Leap Like A Salmon CPD Hub engages, encourages and motivates you to capture and manage your continuing professional development.

As an individual are you interested in a system for your CPD? Take a look at our ‘Professional Membership’ option it will transform the way you capture and manage CPD. Get started here now.

Having everything in one place in a clear and organised way helps alleviate stress. Our brains don’t retain everything, so let the hub do it for you! Early research has found that working memory is a more active version of short term memory and has been found to store up to 7 items of information. (Live Science, 2008). Remembering every piece of professional development and progression that you have undertaken is an impossible task due to the amount of relevant information learnt in classes, workshops and everyday life. Understand the way you think and how you can manage the negative aspects of this digital world and having done your digital detox, continue to control social media and technology so that you can enjoy and benefit from it.

Watch out for the third instalment of this series ‘How CPD can make you more confident’ where we will be addressing how capturing and managing your professional development can help improve your mental wellbeing.

Thanks for reading, let us know what you think by leaving a comment, or if you have a question, please do contact us.

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