Modern-day lifestyles are so busy and centred around other people, that we have forgotten to make time for ourselves. We are neglecting our own wellbeing and happiness. Self-love shouldn’t be sacrificed, it should be honoured and an essential part of our routine. If the term “self-love” is sounding like new-age-hippy-jargon and you have no idea what I’m talking about, this list will help you get started with loving yourself.
- Positive Mantras. Remind yourself of your positive energy. Give yourself one or two mantras to repeat throughout the day. My favourites are: Opinions don’t define your reality, Trust yourself; you have survived a lot and you will survive whatever is coming.
- Exercise. Taking care of your body for a long and healthy life is loving your body. Keeping active is fun and makes us feel alive. A physical activity will enable you to reach your full potential by feeling happier and more energised.
- Nourish Your Body. Your body is a loving vessel. Be mindful of what you put in your body. A healthy and nutritionally rich meal will provide you with more energy and make you feel good about yourself. Be in tune with your body because there will be days when your body is in need of that chocolate bar. Balance is key and remember to nourish not punish.
- Build Community. Remember that you have a choice of spending your time with people you want to surround yourself with. End negative or toxic relationships and be with those who are positive, supportive and loving.
- Be Kind. Cultivating kindness is free and the world needs more of it. Putting a smile on someone else’s face is bringing light into darkness.
- Do Something You Love. Make the time to do things that you love. Nourish your soul by going to places you love and doing the activities that you love.
- Stop Comparing Yourself. We’re all guilty of it. It certainly doesn’t help that we live in a world of social media which unrealistically bombards us with images of curated and filtered, perfect moments. Remember that perfection is not a reality and that the compare and despair behaviour will only make you focus more on the negatives. We are all on our own journey.
- Clean up. Cleaning can be therapeutic for many. Decluttering your environment can help you declutter negative thoughts. Throw out reminders of a negative memory and create a happy space for yourself. Make room for the future and love yourself enough to know that the best is yet to come.
- Meditate. Take the time to reconnect mind and body by being still and present. Meditation reduces anxiety and allows you to take control of your feelings and not let your feelings take control over you.
- Sleep. Give yourself sufficient time to rest and restore. Sleep is essential for mood. (For tips on getting a good nights sleep click here.)
How do you love yourself?