Surabhi Mehta starts with her own name when drawing up a list of loved ones. The former international air-hostess-turned-image-consultant, lifestyle blogger and founder of Zanzibar Living prioritizes self-love: “We can give love only when we have it, right?” she asks.
Conventionally, we tend to associate love with a person, things or places. But Surabhi feels the definition of love has evolved for her. “Only when your own cup of love is full can you pour it to others,” says Mehta.
Taking her dog for a morning walk, cooking her own meals, and working out five days a week are some of the practices Mehta indulges in to connect with herself and find her place of peace.
Women often feel guilty about taking time for themselves; but Mehta made sure she never experiences that. “I communicated it well with my family that I would need my time. I want to be available for them, and to do that, it is important that I am at peace with myself. My children understand that now. In these current times, if you don’t put self-love on top priority, you burn out easily,” Mehta added.
Mehta speaks from experience. After her first child, she had a burnout phase – not prepared to be a full-time mother and being away from all the activities she loved to do added to her gloom. Her journey of self-discovery began exactly then. “Covid had also been a catalyst in my journey of looking within and introspecting. It gave me time to pause, think and emphasise on the things that nourish me,” Mehta signed off.
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