✅ Conscious is the best word to describe a person who has come to realize something, as if waking up to it (I became conscious of how stressed I was).
✅ Aware is often used in the context of a sensory experience (I became aware of the smell of smoke).
✅ Both adjectives can also be used to describe knowing something. However, conscious has the added implication of uneasiness or nerves (I was conscious of the flaws in my argument).
✅ Conscious is also often used in contexts involving personal sensitivity, and can imply that a person is changing their behavior or feeling uneasy because of that sensitivity (He’s overly conscious about his appearance).
How many of these synonyms for conscious are you aware of?