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What's the fuss with authenticity? And how can I be more authentic?

In a world that is becoming increasingly digital, the concept of authenticity has become a buzzword across many groups. People have a desire for authentic experiences, authentic connections, and authentic relationships. So, what does it mean to have authenticity, and why is it so important?

Authenticity is being true to oneself, living through your values and beliefs, free of external influence. It is about having genuine and sincere interactions with those around us and living in alignment with our innermost values. Authenticity is deeply important as it provides a foundation of trust in order to create more meaningful relationships. Authenticity allows us to build genuine connections with others, based on mutual respect and honesty.

Authenticity has become a buzzword in recent years as people have become more aware of the importance of mental health and well-being. Being true to oneself is essential for one’s mental and emotional health. Inauthenticity can leave us feeling unfulfilled, disconnected, and dissatisfied. Stress and anxiety often manifests when we attempt to maintain a façade that does not reflect our true selves.

Want to learn how to be more authentic? Here are some tips:

1. Know yourself

The first step in being truly authentic is knowing yourself. Take time to reflect on your values, beliefs, and priorities. Find out what is important to you and what makes you happy. Once you have a clear understanding of who you are and what you value, you can begin living a life that aligns with your true self.


2. Be honest

Authenticity requires honesty. Be honest with yourself and others about your thoughts, feelings, and intentions. This doesn’t mean oversharing every detail of your inner conscience with everyone, but rather showing integrity and truthfulness in your interactions with others. Although it can feel confronting, honouring truth in your day to day can lead to harmony long-term.


3. Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable

Vulnerability is an essential part of authenticity. When we allow vulnerability, we can learn so much about ourselves and build deeper connections with others. It may seem counter intuitive, but to be vulnerable is an act of courage, it takes a lot of strength, but is so worth it in the end.


4. Practice self-compassion

Authenticity is not about being perfect, in fact, recognising our imperfections is a major step in reaching our truest self. We all make mistakes and have flaws, but by recognising them without shame we allow ourselves to work through them. Practice self-compassion and accept yourself for who you are, flaws and all. 


5. Be present

Authenticity requires presence. Be fully present and mindful in your interactions with others. Listen attentively and be aware of your surroundings. By being present, you can connect with yourself, the environment, and others in a meaningful way.

Authenticity is the foundation of trust and meaningful relationships, and It is essential for our mental and emotional well-being. When we are true to ourselves, we can build genuine connections with others, based on mutual respect and honesty. To be authentic requires self-awareness, honesty, vulnerability, self-compassion, and presence. These things are not always easy to come to on our own, and it’s ok to ask for help. It can be hard to break free from the barriers that keep us in a state of inauthenticity. It takes practice, but it is worth it in the end. Learn to be yourself, and embrace your authenticity.