Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Take care

By: Steph Horton

Body image & inner-confidence change throughout the different stages of life, but that doesn't mean we don't have control. In fact, the tighter we hold onto the reigns of our self-perception, the more gracefully we will transition into new life-chapters.

People of all ages can relate to this. From the boy entering his first year in high school to the woman who is about to have her first child - our perception of ourselves will either give us strength and confidence to move forward or it will hinder us and make us feel anxious about the road ahead.

This is why we must take care of our self-image, much like we take care of our most precious possessions. It's often something that is overlooked - especially when life is so busy with work, family, events, obligations. I propose that it's time to start taking the time to give special attention to our relationship with ourselves.

Here are a few things I believe you can do to strengthen the friendship you have with yourself, and in turn, make life just a little easier:

1. Meditation - Sit still in a quiet, comfortable room and just listen to the sounds around you. Turn off your phone. Turn off your computer and your TV. Turn off your mind. Eventually, your inner voice will emerge and it will likely reveal something that has been causing you pain at some level. Acknowledge this thought, listen to yourself, but then allow yourself to move on through each and every thought until your mind is finally quiet. Once you reach that point (however many sessions that may take), give in to the silence and simply enjoy it. You'll come out of it feeling refreshed and recharged.

2. Physical Activity - Pick your favorite way to move - whether it's dancing, walking, running, swimming, yoga - whatever - and do it! Even just for 10 minutes. It's a great way to get rid of stress and and a nice way to get some "me-time" in.

3. Hobbies - What relaxes you? Do you like to cook? Pick a new recipe and have at it! How about reading? I'm sure there's a new book you've had your eye on. Whatever you do for fun, take at least one hour this week to indulge a little in your favorite hobby.

These are just a few words that will hopefully inspire you to listen to yourself and remember that you are worth the special attention. Be well and enjoy the day.

1 comment:

  1. I think the importance of having hobbies is really under-rated. Devoting time and mental energy to things other than the pursuit of beauty and wealth (where most people spend 95% of their day) is truly rejuvenating. Many hobbies turn into fulfilling careers, you never know!