You might think that the word self love sounds a bit weird. Standing in front of the mirror saying how much you love yourself and how grateful you are for being amazing can be a bit uncomfortable. But you are amazing and self love is a great opportunity to slow down, take care of yourself during stressful times, and helps you feel refreshed and better equipped to handle whatever life throws at you.
Luckily, self love doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. As a matter of fact, some of the best ways to take care of yourself are completely free and it won’t feel weird….honest.
Connect to how you’re feeling.
If you’re feeling disconnected or stressed out, stop, and spend a minute or two (that’s all it takes) to focus on your five basic senses: sight, smell, hearing, touch and taste. Stop, breathe deeply, hear what’s going on around you, see what’s in front of you, feel your feet on the ground, notice the taste in your mouth and smell the air.
Talk to a friend
Human connection is so essential for health and well being. It’s not easy, other people are busy, sometimes you don’t want to bother them or maybe they’re not nearby. Forget all those excuses. Message them - meet them on video, call them, just for 5 minutes let them know you’re thinking about them. And if your friends are too busy, join forums with likeminded people, there’s always someone around. I’ll soon be opening my very own forum called the Eat Play Love for just that reason, so people can stop by and chat whenever they want about whatever they want. If you’d like an invite when it’s up and running just drop me your email address and I’ll gladly invite you.
Sleep is one of the most basic and important forms of self-care, everything becomes more difficult when you don’t sleep. If you’re not getting the between 7 and 9 hours sleep you need to change some habits to make sure you do.
You can try waking up and going to bed at the same time every day, avoid caffeine in the evening, turn off electronics up to an hour before bed, and limit the amount of time you spend in bed without sleeping. I also use pre and probiotics, which have made a huge difference to my sleep. If you want to know more just ask!
Flagging during the day, take a quick nap; sometimes just closing your eyes for 15 minutes will make all the difference.
This might sound a bit flowery and blah, but it doesn’t have to be, it could be something like I’m really grateful for getting through today without eating chocolate or I’m grateful that there weren’t too many people in the supermarket this morning so I could get in and out quickly.
It doesn’t have to be anything major.
Also try writing a journal, write down what you’re grateful for but you can also write down how you were feeling and what went well or not so well during your day. All this will help if you look back to see what kind of patterns you are making for yourself each day, or if something triggers feelings for you.