“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection”
regard for one’s own well-being and happiness (chiefly considered as a desirable rather than narcissistic characteristic).
It’s February! The month of love! We love Valentine’s Day in our house; mostly because our 3 year old, Lilly (and her mama) is obsessed with hearts, pink, red, sparkles, chocolate, flowers and L.O.V.E. You know, all the mushy stuff that makes most people run away from this ‘holiday’?
This year, I want to dedicate all 29 days of February to loving all up on ourselves! Why? Because self-love is so important in order to live well. How much we love ourselves manifests in our relationships, in how we carry ourselves, our work and how we deal with life’s little problems. It is crucial for our well-being and therefore we need more of it!
Self-love cannot be bought or assumed in a few minutes of reading a self-help book. Self-love is an act that grows as we are able to show more appreciation for ourselves. You are the most important person in your life and you deserve to be loved by YOU! Practising self-love allows us to get in touch with who we really are, what we really want and what makes us happy. It allows us to ignore the negative voices and crush all the limiting beliefs that are holding us back from from living a remarkably full life.
Each week in February, I’ll post a few ways that we can all start practising self-love everyday. By the end of the month, we will all feel full of love and appreciation for ourselves! If you are a parent, let your kids see you loving yourself and talk to them about why you love yourself and why they should love themselves as well! This is a great way to connect and to help build that fragile self-confidence.
This week’s practice:
- Compliment yourself. Every day, at least once a day, stand in front of a mirror and say nice things to yourself. ‘Nice smile’ ‘Yummy meal you prepared’ ‘Good hair day’ ‘You look great in purple’ ‘Nice butt’….This can be a hard one for many. It’s hard for people to accept compliments, let alone when they are coming from our own mouths. The first day may make you cringe but everyday will become easier and you will be more accepting of the nice things you say about yourself. You will even start to believe them….
- Self-care. When we take better care of ourselves, we will love ourselves more. Eat nourishing food, go to sleep early, move your body, switch out of your yoga pants, visit someone you love, wear your favourite necklace, shave your legs….Whatever makes you feel your best version of yourself.
- Meditation. Take some time everyday to stop and calm your mind. It can be for just a few minutes or an hour but just focus on your breath and try to clear your mind of any thoughts.
I hope you will take some time this week to try these self-love techniques and let us know how it goes! I’ll be back next week with some more for us.
Who’s joining us?
Peace and love,