I’ve been inspired by the boohoo.com #SelfLoveIsntSelfish campaign to share my thoughts on self love and mindfulness. The concepts of self love and mindfulness as well seem to be talked about more and more these days and have definitely become in ‘vogue’ in the self-help book isle.
For me, self-love is all about how you treat yourself; the things you expect from yourself, how you reward yourself, and mindfulness is something which can support our own self-love. I think if you can really nail your approach to self-love then it can lead to greater happiness and fulfilment, as well as helping combat mental health issues like anxiety and depression.
So taking a step back, I think most millennials have been brought up in a quite competitive world. At school we are constantly ranked and everyone knows who is top of the class. Into our teenage years and adulthood social media means we can constantly compare ourselves to other people and the battle for the best Instagram picture is never ending!
I have a couple of self love tips for millennials which could help combat some of the stress our environment can cause us…
- Remember we are all human. Humans aren’t designed to be perfect, in fact we are meant to learn through mistakes. If you expect perfection, you’re setting yourself up to fail.
- Be kind to yourself. How you talk to yourself, your internal dialogue can really change how you feel. If you are telling yourself off, or criticising yourself, just stop. You wouldn’t talk that way to a friend so why is it ok to speak to yourself like that.
- Be mindful. Look at yourself and your environment objectively, from a distance. Sometimes when we are in our own thoughts we can lose perspective.
I’ve done a video on self love and mindfulness which goes into more detail – so check it out and let me know what you think in the comments!