Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Why It's Important To Love Yourself

Learning how to love yourself and appreciate who you really are in the 21st century can be a challenge to say the least. What with the ever growing influence from the media and visions of picture perfect models being waved constantly in our faces, it isn't always as easy as it should be to exude confidence.

Up until about a year ago, I was as shy as you could get. I was struggling with anxieties surrounding anything to do with being social, I went down a pretty self destructive route when it came to my body and mind and I hadn't felt good about myself in years. The fact that I'm a teenager who has to deal with roaring hormones 98% of the time probably didn't help.

Throughout the whole of 2016, I pushed myself in whatever way that I could. I don't mean that I went to parties every night and became reckless, but I just took small steps to guide myself towards the right direction. I didn't want to sit in my bedroom all day and night, moping about until the boredom consumed me. That's no way to live the one life that you get given.

Slowly but surely, I began doing little things that helped me to feel good about myself. Whenever I got the chance, I'd spend time doing my makeup and picking out a pretty outfit to wear just so that it would boost my confidence and improve my mood. I'd also spend my free time blogging, because it's something that I genuinely enjoy doing and it never fails to ease my mind or put a smile on my face.

People can often be so quick to judge if you say that you enjoy spending time by yourself. I really don't understand that though, because I don't see any problem with it at all. Spending time alone is healthy. Enjoying your own company is so important. It's great to be a social butterfly, and of course, you should spend as much time with your friends and family as you can, because they are ultimately the ones that can make you the happiest, but it's not all about socialising. I often sit downstairs writing, listening to music, watching Netflix and relaxing, just because I find that's what works for me. Being around people 24/7 can drain you, both physically and emotionally. Finding that balance is vital.

Loving yourself is important, because at the end of the day, you are your own person. It's your life and you are the one who has to live it. If you don't discover yourself and find out who you truly are as a person, how can you expect to be happy when other people enter your life? Be your own version of you. Find things that you enjoy that don't necessarily always involve interaction. Have an evening a week where you just dedicate it to you.

If people walk out the door, you need to know how to handle that. Don't rely too heavily on the influence of others. Be your own you and don't let anybody change that.

The journey to self-discovery is a long one, but it's the process that is guaranteed to change your life.

Lots of love always,

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