Let’s talk about L.O.V.E. — Know how important it is to Love yourself. It’s Okay to put you first. Take time to celebrate Victories big or small. Make sure you’re finding time to Enjoy all that life has to offer.
This Valentine’s Day make sure you’re taking the time to indulge in a little self-love. We often spend our days consumed with catering our time, energy and affections to everyone but ourselves. It’s time to do a little self R&R, and indulge in a little self-love. Whether it’s treating yourself to a fresh blowout at the salon, or simply having confidence in all that makes you, you.
If self-love is something you’ve tried to steer clear of, maybe because it feels selfish, or because you think it’s your responsibility to take care of everyone else first. If this is you, we need to stop here. I want you to read the following out loud… “I will not feel guilty for loving myself.” Again! “I will not feel guilty for loving myself!” Congratulations! You’ve taken the first step in self-love.
But let’s not stop there. I’m going to leave you with a few daily rituals to help keep you going.
Schedule 30 minutes of alone time – Give yourself some one-on-one time. It could be reading a book, writing in a journal or simply enjoying the quietness. Take time to reflect on the important things, and work on eliminating any excess stress. Tyler and I find this to be so important. We’ve been fortunate enough to have careers that allow us to be together almost 24/7, which is more than we could ever ask for. However, we make a point of investing in our own interests and passions for at least 30 minutes a day for a good healthy balance in our relationship.
Nourish your body with the right food and drink – It’s important to take care of your body. Make sure you’re getting the proper nutrients to have optimal support, both mind and body. Also, incorporating exercise into your daily routine is just as important. Find a form of exercise that you can enjoy and that you’re passionate about.
Treat yourself – Yes, treat yourself! If getting a massage, or maybe a little retail therapy is how you treat yourself, then do it! It’s okay to splurge on yourself from time to time without feeling guilty about it afterwards.
Be confident – Picking yourself apart and obsessing over the things you wish were different about yourself will only bind you from seeing how truly wonderful you really are. You need to be confident in who you are. Maybe there are some problem areas you would like to change. That’s normal, but obsessing over them and criticizing yourself is not putting you on the path to achieving the change you would like to see.
Find your passion, and pursue it – Part of loving yourself is to do what makes you happy. Working at a job 40 hours a week that you don’t enjoy, or that is unfulfilling, will begin to negatively affect the other areas of your life. Make a list of all the things that you enjoy doing and that excite you. Simply going through the motions will never allow you the means to truly experience all that this life has to offer.