Five ways to tap into your authentic self

IMG_2912Getting to know yourself is one of the best ways to sharpen your intuition, make decisions and understand your own needs. It’s super important to know your own body’s rhythms and patterns in order to be able to better serve yourself in the long run.

Whether it’s learning to listen to that little voice in the back of your head, understanding your likes and dislikes, or knowing your own intentions, developing your relationship with yourself is a deeply powerful experience. After all, how can you treat yourself with respect if you don’t even know who you are?

There are plenty of ways to get to know yourself, and most of them can be pretty fun and relaxing. Take some time out of your schedule to practice self-care and make friends with the most important friend you’ll ever have: yourself!

Meditate. Sitting in stillness often produces thoughts and feelings you didn’t even know you were capable of. Listen to your breath and let the thoughts flow in and out as they please — chances are, you’ll learn something about yourself you didn’t know before.

Do something by yourself. We really do become the people we hang out with most, so it can be hard to understand yourself when you’re constantly with others. Separate yourself from the crowd for lunch one day and you just might find out something about what you truly need and desire (and I’m not just talking about your food preferences!).

Get creative. Express yourself through writing, painting, taking photos or dancing to find out what sets your soul on fire and what you need to let go of. The creative process can be extremely cathartic, and often more emotions will come out than you had thought possible.

Feel the fear and do it anyway. Remember that class at the gym you always wanted to try, or that crazy idea you’ve been harbouring for far too long? There’s a reason you feel pulled to do certain things, and listening to your own intuition instead of society can be a profound learning experience. Don’t worry about what others think, life is far too short!

Read novels. Sometimes, we don’t know how we feel about ourselves or the world around us until we feel a visceral reaction to a story, a movie, or a piece of art. When certain things resonate you, it’s usually a good indicator of what’s going on in your own life. Pick up the first novel you feel drawn to in a book shop and see how you identify with the characters: you might just have an ‘aha’ moment!

How do you like to get to know yourself? Let me know in the comments!

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