If you’ve crept my Instagram feed, you know I’m a huge proponent of self-care and self-love. More importantly, it’s a must to include time for both throughout the week.
Once we learn how to care and love ourselves, many areas of our lives change for the better. So, let’s get started with 3 ways to include more self-love in your routine.
Be Your Biggest Fan
How many times do you analyze everything you do? Or, tighten that judgment cap a little too tight? Too often we bring ourselves down, focusing only on the negatives, or way too many “should haves”, and “could haves”.
Instead of running that endless hamster wheel of negativity, why not get out your pom-poms and be your own biggest cheerleader! Things you can do:
- Remember to thank yourself for showing up and being present even when some days you want to crawl under the sheets.
- Reward yourself with kind words. Try mentally listing some positive qualities you admire in someone and adopting that disposition for the day. Want a challenge? Take it a step further by saying one kind thing aloud to yourself each morning for a month and see how you feel.
Get Comfortable Being Alone
There’s a difference between being alone and being lonely. This was a game-changer for me.
There was a time when I feared being alone but once I started realizing the people I had around me were toxic, I opted to be around my own positive energy and drop the negativity.
Even more so, I realized just how much I needed time and space to just think by myself. Reflect on my day, my life, and just ponder own thoughts. Once I got comfortable with my own presence, I found myself having a deeper sense of who I was.
Regardless of how your day goes, find something to be grateful for. Yes, I know. You’ve heard it before but what if it actually changes you? What if the change is for the better? Being conscious of something as simple as being able to breath out your nose without feeling like there’s a hammer between your eyes (where my fellow allergy suffers at?) allows you to not take something that truly affects you big or small for granted.
Alia Sobel of Two Word Story has this great challenge on her Instagram called “Gratitude Magnitude” where you write down a list of what you’re grateful for using 2 words per item, in 2 mins. So, I challenge y’all to try it out and if you’re willing, drop one thing you’re grateful for in the comments.