regard for one’s own well-being and happiness.
It’s often only seen as a meer hashtag accompanying a tweet or nestled underneath an Instagram post in an attempt to avoid coming across as narcissistic but I want to talk, today, about the real acts of self love. How you can incorporate it into your day-to-day lives and why it’s more than just a trend. It’s a way of life.
We’re often sold the idea that doing certain things and following a particular trend will change our lives. Whether it be through a 90 day SSS plan or guided meditation. Although there are obvious benefits to these in the ways of health and nutrition, the real game changer that these kinds of trends all have in common is the act of looking after yourself.
Self love is the most important tool in being happy. Can anyone reach true happiness if they don’t love and look after themselves?
“Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.” – M. Scott Peck
As I mentioned in my last post, I want to make 2017 my year of self love. I want to stop searching for happiness in external sources and find it within. Deep thought for a Monday morning, I know. Last year marked the time in which I think I truly started to find myself. What I’m really passionate about, what I want to achieve and what I want to learn.
A part of my life which was completely essential to this was my discovery of meditation. This became my biggest act of self-love and a key 10 minutes of my morning routine. Not only did it teach me to accept my own thoughts, it brought me a calmness which I feel like I’ve been searching so long for. A lot of stereotypes have been formed around meditation but you don’t have to be a Buddhist monk or a tree-hugging hippy to feel the benefits of it. *raising two hands emoji* Hallelujah.
First of all t’s important to understand what meditation is. It’s peace. It’s contemplation. It’s reflection. It’s the act of doing nothing.
As the world becomes more digital, we become busier. Whenever we’re bored we can look for stimulation at our finger tips. When do we ever take time out to do absolutely nothing? Only when we’re asleep, right? Meditation provides a completely still and calm environment to look at your thoughts in an idle and non-judgemental way. You can practice meditation in which ever way you feel comfortable. Whether it’s sitting down cross legged on the floor, taking a yoga mat with you along to a class or just relaxing on your sofa- it’s whatever works for you.
Self-love comes in many forms. However you decide to practice it; remember that you are worthy of the love, life and happiness that you desire. All you have to do is tell yourself that you are.