Why and How to Practice Self-Awareness

Infertility ResourcesYamas and NiyamasYoga
March 23, 2021


Self-awareness is a powerful tool, especially when facing life’s curveballs like infertility. The practice of understanding self offers us many benefits, which includes an understanding of:

When we cultivate an inner knowing that originates from our center and examine what is there, we’re better able to use those insights to choose how we move forward in all facets of our lives, not just our trying to conceive journey.

Self-awareness is a learned skill. Below are the three steps we recommend for connecting to your center:

1) Space – Create space in your schedule to be with yourself.

Creating space in your calendar for yourself on a regular basis is beneficial on many levels. You’re dedicating time just to you, no one else. In doing so, you’re establishing a connection with yourself that illuminates your deepest desires and needs. When you gain this understanding, you’re better able to determine how you move forward in the best ways possible for you.

2) Solitude – Once you’ve found that space, practice introspection in a quiet place alone. 

Many of us are afraid to be alone with ourselves. But it’s necessary if we want to get to know ourselves better. Consider taking yourself for a walk without listening to music or journaling while you sip your morning tea or coffee. Other opportunities for secluding yourself are going for a drive to your favorite destination, watching a sunrise or sunset, or taking a weekend trip by yourself.

3) Stillness – Incorporate ways to be still or sit for those 5-15 minutes. 

Now’s the time to settle into stillness. Just be. And this is hard for many of us. Maybe your mind is still over-active or you didn’t get a chance to move your body today (or both). If this is the case for you, go for a walk before you sit. Consider journaling or talking to a friend or therapist to get what’s in your heart and mind out there so that you can sit quietly.

Hopefully we’ve given you enough reasons and ways to cultivate self-awareness so that you may feel more in control of your life and path to parenthood.