We’ve both been learning a lot about self-love recently, of rediscovering the importance of ‘me time’. Everyone has different ways of relaxing and giving themselves a break so we thought we would share our ideas with you!
Self-love to me is not something that you can buy, like treating yourself to a new top, it is more than that. I believe that there are many different factors that help assist you appreciating you. This is not always giving yourself want you want, instead giving yourself want you need; good food to nourish your body, enough sleep to re-charge your batteries and exercise, the power of exercise is endless!
Something that I need to do more of is acknowledging and accepting how I am feeling, whether that being from something that has affected me or just on a daily basis. We live in a busy world which can move quite quickly distracting us from taking time out for ourselves to stop and check in. On many occasions in the past I have ignored how I have been feeling up until the point where my body says no more and shuts down.
Some people set their goals to saying yes to things more, I am the opposite, I need to say no to things that I know will stretch me thin and not to feel guilty in saying no. This leads to my next ingredient to self-love, forgiveness; if a mistake is made or if I get something wrong not to be too hard on myself. Shit happens!
I need to continue practicing the points that I have made above and not to let them slide. Self-love is one of the most important things that you can do in life. Once you appreciate you, everything will fall into place; you attract better people around and your overall well-being improves circulating back round to a better way of life.
Self-love to to me, means listening to exactly what I need in that moment. It took me a long time to listen to that voice, and I learnt the hard way that looking after your mind is just as crucial as looking after your body. Some days, it could could be a quick 15 minute dance around my room. Others, I need to pop on a face mask and meditate, or head to the pub with some friends. I’m also trying to get into the habit of buying myself flowers! Not even expensive ones, Sainsburys have Daffodils for £1.20 right now and they really brighten up the day.
Practicing daily affirmations has changed my mindset hugely. It’s a useful reminder of all the things to be grateful for, which repels unnecessary negative thoughts that are so easy to let in. For example; on days I feel bloated and unattractive, I give thanks for a body that is strong and able to carry me through the world. Beca said it perfectly, the effort you put into self love really will come back to you in lots of brilliant ways.
What’s your favourite way of practicing self-love?