Although we’ve already left July behind, most of August is still to come and with time on our hands, this is the perfect moment to remind us about the things we like to do and the details that make us unique and special. Routine has been interrupted, and so can those behaviours that have negative effects on us. So with this in mind, here are a few tips that might help you focus on yourself as you relax and engage in pampering activities, setting your mind on the right track and boosting your confidence.
Perhaps the most appealing part of summer, in addition to warm days and the chance to sit under the sun and empty our minds, is that is it is in many ways the best time to take a step back. Literature can be a great companion when it comes to disconnecting from our recurring – and sometimes toxic – thoughts, while it may provide us with great advice and examples of how to do things differently. Louise Hay’s You Can Heal Your Life is one of our favourite summer reads to hit the restart button and then welcome September with unprecedented enthusiasm and confidence. Another great positivity pill is Madly In Love with Me: The Daring Adventure of Becoming Your Own Best Friend, by Christine Arylo. This book emphasizes the importance of putting ourselves first as we dare to chase our dreams and explore our desires. Along these lines, there are several reads that can fit what you’re looking for, so make your personal choice and take it with you wherever you go this summer.
Another way in which we can look at ourselves differently is by stepping out of our comfort zones and doing new things. Either by stimulating our minds with challenging activities or doing things that have usually scared us (in the spirit that the best things of life are in fact at the other side of fear), when we conquer new frontiers our confidence grows and, in turn, so does our self-love. So dare to cross limits you have established out of insecurity and trust that you’re able to do whatever you set your mind to because that is the first step to embracing possibilities and believing in the powerful person you are.
The famous Delphic maxim “Know Thyself” is a principle to go by in many senses. Don’t become obsessed with learning about what you want or how you behave, but do not disregard the importance of listening to yourself and learning about what makes you feel well, what moves you and what, at the end of the day, is good for you. This might take a long time to figure out – a lifetime, actually – but everyday comes with a new lesson and opportunity to further discover who we are. Use this summer to take long walks at a park or at the beach while you think about the people that make you happy, as well as the activities you are good at and the thoughts that motivate you. It may sound like a hard task, and it is, but the longer you spend thinking about these things and asking yourself these questions, the closer you will get to finding out what you need to do to increase your self esteem, prioritize your feelings and choose wisely who you want in and out of your life.
Enjoy a book that makes you think. Take on new challenges and trespass the limits you have set out of self-doubt. Look at the mirror and ask yourself who you are while discovering what is wonderful about you. And while you do all of this, enjoy the best season of all, because tans may fade but whatever you learn during your time off will stick with you.