My Authentic Self

From Malora’s Desk

We have raced through the month of love, in a way that feels like speed dating. In fact, the last two years may have felt like a really bad date for some! This month I’d like to highlight the importance of self-appreciation and self-gratitude. Many people may be feeling like they are running on empty, struggling to support and care for those around them, with no energy reserves left for themselves.

Liking yourself sets the foundation for other relationships. It’s important not to see self-appreciation as arrogance, but rather embracing your own happiness and wellbeing. A recent research study* suggests that many people are feeling inauthentic, having been forced to change their social engagements due to the prolonged restrictions COVID placed on our lives. As individuals, we can maintain our self-authenticity through challenging times by focusing on the here-and-now, rather than the past or future.

Practicing self-appreciation is free, takes little time and can easily become part of your daily routine. Some ideas to get you started:

  • Daily affirmations, say something nice about yourself to yourself – out loud ideally.
  • Declutter and organise your space, at home and work.
  • Get moving, exercise is therapy in itself! Go for a walk, follow a free YouTube yoga session, join an exercise club or whatever gets your heart-rate going.
  • Prioritise healthy sleep.

Need some inspiration for self-appreciation?

Try these:

  • Podcast Recommendation: The Happiness Lab 
  • App Recommendations: ThinkUp | BetterMe | I Am – Daily Affirmations |
    365 Gratitude Journal

And if it all just feels too much, consult a professional therapist for support.


If you have ideas, advice or a story to share about your self-appreciation journey, we would love to hear about it, please send it through to

In this month of love – consider making yourself the priority!

*Research article here