What if you would simply devote the remaining of this year to showing yourself more love?
Months ago, many states experienced stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus pandemic. Although this crisis caused a major disruption to society, for me, the silver lining was acknowledging it was time to press the reset button on self-love. Self-love is doing the small special things that makes us happy, relax, and feel good. Let’s admit it, many of us needed to press the reset button in this area.
With families, careers, schooling, and a plethora of other responsibilities, when do you have quality time to love on yourself? If your schedule is anything like mine, there’s very little time to indulge in self-love. Mere desires of showing yourself love is constantly being put on the back burner. As much as it lies within you, make time and be intentional about loving on you.
In no particular order, here are some suggestions on how to press the reset button on self-love:
Read books by your favorite authors. Reading books by authors that inspire you is so uplifting. Beyond reading for pleasure, some other benefits include strengthening the brain, reducing stress, and increases empathy. “Reading a good book is like taking a journey…” – Emma Gulliford
Journal your inner thoughts. Keeping a journal is so therapeutic in that it helps to clear and calm the mind. Some folks use it as a great tool for personal growth and development.
Jam to music by your favorite artists. Listening to music releases dopamine (neurotransmitter that makes you feel happy). Whether you’re in your car or at home, you can create that space of happiness and relaxation.
Exercise. Working out shows an impressive positive impact on depression, anxiety and so much more. Whichever activities you enjoy like swimming, running, cycling, yoga, etc., it’s sure to chase away negative moods and make you feel more relaxed.
Tune into motivational speeches. Every now and again, you need that soul-inspiring message to encourage you to keep moving forward. Motivational speeches are so powerful because they challenge you to look deep within to make the necessary changes today for tomorrow.
Enjoy a spa session. Going to the spa is a sure way to escape to another world from our hectic schedules. There are numerous benefits for treating yourself to a spa service. Visiting a spa is a fantastic way to de-stress, relieve aches or pains, improve blood circulation, and boost moisture in skin. Schedule your spa visit today.
Stop beating yourself up when you make a mistake. The inner critic inside of you works overtime trying to keep you small. Learn from the mistake and move on. (#keepitmoving)
Avoid comparing yourself to others. Know what your triggers are. Continue to wish others well for their happy moments. Be grateful for the good in your life. You don’t know what goes on behind closed doors of those you assume are living their “best” life.
Close the door on toxic relationships. Toxic relationships drain the life out of you. Or, even worst, may take your life. Any person making you feel less than doesn’t deserve to be apart of your life. Give them the boot!
Practice positive self-talk. This process allows you to find the hope and joy in any given situation. Positive self-talk can be an effective stress management tool.
Embrace your uniqueness. When you’re being authentic, you are operating at your best level. Fully acknowledging and accepting your uniqueness drives your self-esteem and self-worth through the roof.
Stop dwelling on past trauma and wounds. Constantly hanging out in the past holds you back from being happy and robs you of joy for the present. Be willing to work through your feelings and redirect your thoughts.
Fight to keep the connection you have with yourself healthy and thriving. Share some ways you practice self-love.