The Art of Self-Love

The Art of Self-Love

Have you ever watched a child dance? They giggle and smile. They have fun. They are present in the moment. They believe they are the world’s best dancer. They love themselves.Somewhere along the way, adults forget to have fun and love themselves. It is never too late to learn the art of self-love.

Practice Self-Love

Positive Affirmations

If you wouldn’t say it about someone else, why are you saying it about yourself?Replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts. Affirmations are a simple way to practice self-love. When you catch yourself, boarding the train of negatively, pause, and find positive words to describe yourself.

Create a Manta 

A personal manta belongs in your self-love toolbox. “I am worth it” is a powerful phrase. “It” can represent love or respect. Start each day by repeating your mantra or words of affirmations. Use blank circle stickers as a reminder to repeat your mantra or say, “I love myself.” Place the labels on your coffee maker, the dashboard of your car, or computer monitor.

Nourish Your Body

Love your body (no matter the shape or size) by filling it with nourishing food and drink. Our bodies crave vitamins and minerals in their natural form. A balanced diet, containing nutrient-dense foods, benefits your body and mind. Healthy eating can improve your mood and memory, all while receiving a better night’s rest.Equally crucial to the intake of nourishing food and drink is the avoidance of certain items. Alcohol should be consumed in moderation. Show yourself self-love by limiting sweet treats and saving dessert for exceptional occasions. 

End Toxic Relationships

In elementary school, we are encouraged, even forced, to be friends with everyone. As an adult, you have the power to decide who belongs in your circle. Surround yourself with individuals that support and encourage you to be your best. If someone, be it a family member or “friend,” doesn’t make you feel fabulous, they don’t deserve your energy or attention. Love yourself by being in loving relationships.Sometimes ending toxic relationships results in the need to create new healthy friendships. It is possible to make new friends as an adult. Joining Facebook niche groups are a marvelous way to meet new people with similar interests. 

Forgive Yourself

We have all done things that we are ashamed of or regret. It’s part of being human. The key is not to dwell on those moments.Today is the day to move forward. Acknowledge your past actions. Assess what you have earned from your experience. Then forgive yourself and let it go.You have a bright future. Believe in your ability to change. Remind yourself, “I am worth it.”

Calm Your Mind

If it feels like your brain contains a hamster running on a wheel, take a few minutes for yourself. Allow yourself to clear and calm your mind. Focus on your breathing. Be present in the moment. A variety of apps are available to guide you through brief exercises of breathing and meditation to calm your mind. Calm is currently the #1 app for meditation and sleep. I have written several blog posts to help with calming your mind.  Be kind to yourself today and tomorrow. Self-Love never goes out of style.

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