self reflection

We, human beings, have blind spots as individuals. We can view others objectively, but when it comes to ourselves, we need the brutally honest feedback of those who know us best.

There is more to you than meets the eye. You are a complex being with multi-layers full of mystery and hidden talents. Get to know yourself, discover your raw talent, acknowledge your strengths, recognize your weaknesses, and evaluate your emotions and thought processes.



Are hobbies important in a person´s life?

Life is full of adventures, thrills, excitement, trials, disappointments, and pain. Some people waste their lives, living far below their capabilities because their priorities, vision, and self-worth are out of order.

Many live enslaved lives. They are just trying to keep up with daily life to provide necessities like shelter, food, and clothing. Some give and pour so much of themselves into others that they don´t have two seconds to spare for themselves.

A tragic mistake because life needs balance. It is good to give to others, but it´s never a good idea to ignore and lose yourself in the process. You are important too.

You will find that some people are going through life in a haze, like a zombie, existing but not living. Only a few get it right. They understand the core concept of life and themselves. They are happy and content and know that true happiness comes from within.

Some of the most satisfied people in the world have little in their bank accounts, and those whose bank accounts are exploding are still not content. Discontentment and unhealthy stress are dark forces that try their best to attack us, but some solutions can help eradicate these negative foes or at least keep them under control.

What can passionate hobbies do for you?

happy womanHow do you feel when you do something you enjoy? Do you become so engrossed in the activity that you are positively distracted and lose track of time? Doing things you love makes you feel good and can add meaning and purpose to your life.

There are many benefits to engaging in passionate hobbies. Hobbies can be interesting, fun, and challenging, give you a sense of purpose, help elevate your mood, increase your motivation, decrease stress and the feeling of being overwhelmed, and may increase your happiness level.

Passionate hobbies can:

  • ignite a fire within you
  • engage you by getting your full attention
  • take you to a happy place
  • put you in a good mood
  • help and improve your mental health

If you feel something is missing in life, perhaps this is a sign that you aren´t engaging in passionate hobbies. Everyone has something they love but aren´t aware of it. We charge our cell phones and other devices to keep them from running low, yet we don´t recharge ourselves to get the extra boost we need to keep functioning at high levels.

Hobbies can help structure and improve time management, enhance your performance/skills, and allow you to meet new people and connect with those who are like-minded. You can learn a lot from your hobbies and increase your creativity. One thing is clear a passionate pursuit doesn´t leave you as it finds you. You will grow, develop, and evolve.

Self-awareness and its importance to your well-being

faceless womanWe naturally have a blind spot when it comes to ourselves. The people who know us best can give us objective feedback on their observations and perceptions of us, our talents, and our personalities, among other things.

We are complex beings. There are many layers to us. There are also things within us that may surprise us. We do not know everything about ourselves. Unfortunately, some people die without even tapping into the knowledge of who they are. When you know who you are, you can connect to your identity.

It is good to know your strengths, weaknesses, what you like, and what you cannot accept; under any circumstances. A friend once said most people focus on what they want, but few contemplate what they can´t tolerate in their lives, and that´s also vital. This valuable information can help you set up healthy boundaries. These boundaries can save you from enormous pain, grief, despair, and unnecessary turmoil.

The goal moving forward is to become more self-aware, accept and embrace yourself based on your self-awareness, and align your behavior and awareness.

You can live a life full of purpose and meaning. A fulfilling life involves vision, a life with meaning, and nurturing healthy relationships.

What are the benefits of self-awareness?

Increasing your self-awareness is possible and recommended for self-empowerment. Other benefits include:

  • a better understanding of one’s self
  • discover a raw hidden talent
  • give a sense of direction
  • acknowledge strengths and weaknesses
  • identify your triggers
  • recognize what calms you
  • motivation
  • question and recognize your core values
  • may clear misunderstandings of who you are

What are some hobbies for greater self-awareness?

self perception

You´ve seen how valuable getting to know oneself is. This information is beneficial both for you and impacts those around you. There are many hobbies to help enhance your self-awareness; below are just a few.

1. Journaling

Journaling can be therapeutic. Writing your thoughts and emotions down for as little as 15 minutes every other day is enough to help you process, evaluate, learn, and come to terms with them. You can also recognize untoward behavior and improve and change.

Journaling is like diving into your sea of thoughts and emotions, processing them, and actively trying to change your behavior for the better.

2. Reading

The greatest kindness you can do for your mind is to read. Reading enhances and tweaks your brain functions. A good book can instantly and significantly reduce and relieve stress. You forget the world and its problems, especially if it´s so interesting that you can´t put it down.

3. Meditation

Meditation is an excellent tool to control and rest your mind and body. Using this method is like killing two birds with one stone, as it brings both of them into submission for a while.

It forces your mind and body to take a much-needed mini-break, especially if you have a fast-paced life and feel burdened by stress. Mindfulness meditation puts the focus on the present. The past and the future are irrelevant at that time. Focusing on the present moment and showing gratitude are epic.

4. Taking personality tests

Personality tests help you become transparent with yourself. It allows you the chance to take inventory of your life. They may awaken new avenues that you never thought about before and deepen your understanding of yourself.

5. Exploring nature

Nature has a mystical pull on us. It is inviting and readily offers us temporary rest. Spending time in nature has many benefits, one of which is it improves our cognitive performance and dramatically relieves stress. You can go for a walk, hike, fish, kayak, mountain climb, and camping. Nature is a safe place to find peace and lose yourself in your thoughts.


Self-reflection can help you see and understand your decisions and help you heal, learn, and grow. You will be able to identify unhealthy behavior patterns for growth and self-improvement.

Self-reflection enables you to have a map/blueprint for your life through your observations. It can help release you from being stuck, stagnant, or going nowhere fast.

Here is some food for thought you can ponder.

1. Describe your ideal day.

2. What brings you to tears?

3. What rattles you? Why do you think they do?

4. When do you feel your best?

5. What things make you feel happy/calm?

6. What is one thing you feel is missing in your life?

7. How can you change your life for the better?

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By Dana

4 thoughts on “What are Some Hobbies for Greater Self-Awareness?”
  1. I have been one to live from day to day just getting by to the next day. As times are getting tough with the price increase with everything, makes you wonder if you be able to participate in your hobbies. 

    I love to crochet as a Hobbie, and when I am finished with the garment or blanket it’s a huge compliment to myself. When the weather is right my favorite sport is fishing.  

    1. Hi Jannette,

      Thank you for reaching out. There are many hobbies that you can do for free. For instance, going for a walk in the park, neighborhood, or in the woods. You can also journal for free by writing on any paper you have at home if you don´t have a journal plus there are many others.

      That´s awesome that you crochet and that it makes you feel good.

      Thanks for stopping by.


  2. I think this is a great topic. I know firsthand that life needs balance. I am currently trying to find a balance in my life between work and family. I have been journaling for years but tend only to do so when things are not going great. I see that it is also the first thing on your list.

    Thanks for this helpful article.


    1. Hi Miguel,

      Thanks for sharing your experience with us. Yes, work-life balance is important. I am happy that journaling has worked/is working for you.

      All the best,


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