Whenever I reach out inward, by taking a step back for a moment, I see things very differently from what I have in the go-go-go mode.
Just sitting in a chair or couch works best for me to do this mental exercise of self awareness. I then stay in a state of curiosity. This helps me slow down to get into a relaxed mode. Believing in myself helps me in this state, whatever the state I’m in. Then I explore how I feel, what thoughts cross my mind and bring in some kindness to myself to stay gentle in the whole self awareness process. I tend to do this at least twice a week at peak stress days as part of self care to check in with myself and know I can slow down to be aware of my reactions.
What this reveals is a beautiful picture of my day and my reactions to the various happenings. This in turn helps me write out my process recordings with my supervisor in an authentic fashion and process any anomalous reactions in my mind with openness and curiosity. I slowly realized in this field that curiosity about myself and my environment along with critical thinking alone will help me bring a better work – life balance.
Thanks for reading my process for self awareness !
Domestic Violence or Family Violence or Intimate Partner Violence is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship.
This can happen among a variety of family members as well. This type of violence does not discriminate based on age, sex, religion, gender or sexual orientation. It can take the form of physical/emotional/psychological/sexual/economic abuse. There is an underlying power and control behavior by the abuser/perpetrator over the victim.
Things may seem fine and dandy at the beginning of the relationship but the power and controlling behaviors intensify as the relationship grows.
The key thing to note is a victim is NEVER to be blamed and the abuser is solely at fault for their choices to abuse another human being or an animal.
Domestic violence is real and needs to be seen as a public health issue.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-7233.
Take care of yourself!
This piece was originally published in The Mighty about the unexpected emotions I felt while battling and eventually defeating depression…. I’m grateful for my battle with depression. I know …
Source: The Emotion I Discovered After Overcoming Depression: As Seen in The Mighty