SHAPE Tries: 4 Self-Love Lessons I Picked Up From The Supparetreat

Self-love is more than just a trending hashtag.

The Supparetreat by Sarah Lian, which was held at the Tanjong Jara Resort in January, was a lot of things to the women who had attended it. The three-day retreat themed 'Ignite', was part activity, part talk, part meditation, with a focus on what our potentials were, as an individual, and together, as women. Suffice to say that we left the retreat with new friendships, appreciation for what women can achieve when they banded together, and with a sense of renewed enthusiasm for life.

As for me, I discovered self-love. Now, I have done a lot of things in the name of self-love, but I can't say if any of those things truly did contribute to me caring for myself in the holistic sense. Perhaps, I knew what self-love really stood for, and for some reasons, I was evading it. But the three days at the retreat managed to push me to acknowledge it, and put things in motion.

Read: 3 Reasons To Join An All-Women Retreat

We were almost always huddled in this intimate circle during the sessions at this retreat.

So, here are the 4 major self-love lessons I learnt from the retreat:

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Thrive in your quiet time

Morning yoga with facilitator, Nor Soraya. lists out 7 reasons why you need some quiet time regularly. Everything in that list points out to it as something that you need in order to engage in self-reflection, to organise the chaos that’s holding you down, to getting your priorities right, to find spiritual renewal and mitigate stress. In short, it’s a time to rest and heal – something you tend to ignore when life gets hectic with all its ups and downs. After all, science says that time alone is the best way to rest! So silence your gadgets, give yourself some time every week to find renewal.

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