When it comes to self-love I am the first to admit, I am myself’s hardest critic. This year I have learned a few tricks and it starts by reminding myself, ‘You Are Loved’.
Not to toot my own horn, but I have been told I am a very happy person. I like to see the best in people, enjoy the company I keep and love deeply. This being said, I find that while my happiness towards others is genuine, I can be extremely hard on myself. I think in this world of constant comparison (especially in this industry), I find myself not feeling good enough, not healthy enough or that I can always be doing more. Last year I found that self-love is just as important as loving others. While, I am definitely at the beginning of my journey in self-love, I found these three lessons to be very helpful.
TAKE A PERSONAL DAY (OR HOUR)
This is so much less common in our generation because we are always dialed in. But when I am getting down on myself or overwhelmed, I take a day to recharge. This means, completely unplug, say yes to only things that will make you happy, and be nice to yourself.
I would guess most of you are in the same boat as I am where more likely than not, you can’t use those precious vacation days on yourself. Your calendar has been filled with weddings, bachelorette parties, baby showers, and the list goes on. So if this is the case, I have learned an hour or two is enough to recharge.
For me, this starts with a workout. I find that working out is my best stress reliever. Even if this means putting on a great playlist and going for a walk for 20 minutes. Personally, a hot yoga class is my absolute favorite way to relieve all stress. The breathing techniques allow me to let go of that built up tension and I always leave feeling rinsed out from the inside, out.
Another favorite way I love to relax is a bath. I know, some people just aren’t into it, but I love to turn on some acoustic tunes, light a few candles and sip a glass of wine. No matter what, both of these activities leave me completely refreshed.
“You is kind, you is smart, you is important.”
Similar to my favorite movie quote, affirmations are proven to make you a happier person. They allow your brain to re-wire in a way that creates positive thoughts about yourself.
This is something I struggle with the most, but telling yourself you are good enough is so important.
Are there any tips you have on self-love? I would love to hear!
xox- a dash of details