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Emotional awareness provides keys to improving our emotional and mental health. Like a compass guiding the way, our emotions provide direction in our lives and give us clues to move us toward emotional health.
1) Practice being alone
If the idea of being alone doesn't appeal to you, try it anyway. It's amazing how much you can learn about yourself just by doing activities alone that you would usually do with others. Notice what feelings come up from inside of you as you spend time with yourself in quiet activities.
2) A peaceful you is a gift to others
We often have so much on our "to do" list that we forget "to be". In order to bring our best selves into our relationships, sometimes the best thing we can do is to spend time alone and get in touch with our emotional center.
3) Build quiet time into your schedule
Schedule quiet time into your schedule and keep your appointment with yourself. Allowing yourself the time to tune in to your physical cues can give you clues to what action you need to take in your life, what tension might need to be addressed in your relationships, and what boundaries need to be set.
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