I’m privileged to share a second guest post from the lovely Briannan Dean. Briannan’s first article was all about the benefits of cacao and a delicious and super-quick recipe! Read it here.
Back to self-love…Over to you, Briannan…
The Pursuit of Self-Love: Loving the Skin You’re In
It seems that in this day and age of glossy magazine perfection and technological disconnect, self love is a concept almost as abstract as the idea of the perfect soul mate. We’re all familiar with these ideas of love, but they seem far fetched and unattainable to the average person. We think self-love is something that only the likes of Victoria’s Secret supermodels have, but in reality, self-love has nothing to do with external beauty. Rather, it has everything to do with the unconditional acceptance of yourself exactly as you are. It is not self-indulgent, it is self-affirming.
To be perfectly honest, I found this article a little difficult to get going – an indication that I am still not quite there yet with the whole self-love thing either.
Life teaches us to be resistant to the concept. We learn self-deprecation from an early age and fear being the tall poppy.
There have been numerous blog posts written by health and wellness gurus over the last few years. Many of them are so inspiring, you decide that tonight you will go to bed at 8pm so that you can get up at 5.30am to squeeze as much juice out of the morning-routine lemon!
One of the reasons that morning routines are so popular is that they set you up on the right path for the day. They make you feel good, as you know you are taking steps towards a healthier and happier life.
I diligently stuck to a jam-packed morning routine for a few months, before a few things would slide, or I would end up leaving 10 minutes too late and get caught in Melbourne’s 7.45am traffic chaos.
After berating myself, the alarm clock would be set for 15 minutes earlier and I would start over. There were just soooo many fabulous things to accomplish and the more I read other’s suggestions, the more I pressured myself to get it done. In fact, my morning routine became somewhat stressful – even more reason to make sure that I managed to fit in 15 minutes of meditation.
The ultimate morning routine