Often, we can be so caught up in the busy bustle of life that we sometimes forget to look after the most important thing - ourselves. Contrary to what society may condition us to believe, self-love is not selfish, in fact, it is essential. Without making time for yourself, to do the things you want to, it can lead you down a dark path of unhappiness and un-fulfilment of life. There are small changes you can make that can actually make a big difference, and allow you to put yourself first.
Have Your Own Hobby
If you don’t already have a hobby, consider getting one. This can be literally anything but should be something you do simply because you love doing it. This may be something such as gardening, painting, collecting or walking; something that you can do alone or with others. Having a hobby allows you to take time out of your normal life and do something that you have a genuine passion for. There are so many hobbies you can take up, and they don’t have to break the bank! If you don’t have one, take a look at this list of hobbies for inspiration.
This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to go out, buy a pair of new trainers and go on a two-mile run, or indeed fork out for a monthly gym membership. Exercise can be as vigorous or gentle as you like, so if you’re not keen on the idea of sweating it out on a treadmill, consider something like yoga, swimming or dancing. Exercising is incredibly beneficial for your physical and mental health, so can boost your mood and make you feel amazing. Have a look in your local fitness centre - there may be classes that interest you: Pilates, Zumba, boxing… Even if you’ve never done any of these before, have a go - you may be surprised and fall in love with a new sport!
Love Your Career
Slightly bigger than the previous two but loving the career that you’re in is perhaps one of the most important things - after all, you are doing it almost every day! If you come home every day, dreading having to go back in the morning, or spend the whole day clock watching, then have a think, are you actually enjoying work? Or are you doing it because you feel that you have to? Life is short, so do something that you love. You could turn your hobby into a career, such as getting a career in Yoga Teaching if you love yoga or would prefer a more active career. There are endless possibilities and swapping to a career you love means putting yourself first and doing something that makes you happy.
Life is short so take time out from your busy day to do something that makes you happy. Even if it’s 20 minutes of meditation or reading your favorite book, it’s important to look after ourselves!