If you’ve ever been on a plane ✈️, you know this line very well: “Please put your own oxygen mask before helping those around you.”
The logic is sound: if you don’t take care of yourself FIRST, you run the risk of sacrificing your own health; and then you can’t help ANYONE! 🤷♀️
We see you out there: you’re selfless, always giving giving giving… Always taking care of and supporting everyone else: your kiddos, your roommate, your colleagues, best friends, your significant other… All the people! And you have the most incredible, loving intentions. Bless you! BUT - the big BUT - is that as you probably already know, this can become EXHAUSTING….😔 And lead to burn out.
That’s why it’s SO important to make sure we are taking the time to care for ourselves FIRST and foremost! As a matter of fact, the ONLY thing that we can truly control in life is how we treat ourselves. Self-love is the conscious decision to treat yourself well.
It’s February, the month of love: and we think it’s the perfect time celebrate and honor #SelfLove! 🥰
So how you do practice self-love, especially with a busy crazy schedule? Here are a few ideas.
Honor your body. 🧘♀️ This includes everything from choosing to eat nutritious and clean food that nourishes you, making the time to exercise and move your body, committing to only positive self-talk, and purposefully loving yourself.
Forgive yourself. No one is perfect… no one is mistake-free, no one is immune from accidentally saying or doing something stupid, no one is 100% on top of their game when it comes to diet and exercise. That’s why you must choose to forgive yourself. Instead of replaying a mistake over and and over and over inside your head, and beating yourself up for it, take a moment to tell yourself: “Yes, I made a mistake. I wasn’t my best self in that moment. But the mistake does not define me, because I am better than that. I forgive ME.” ✨ If the mistake involved hurting another person, make it right with them, of course… And then, forgive yourself and release it into the universe.
Practice gratitude. 🙏 Making the conscious decision to love yourself means that you value this beautiful gift of life you were given. When you value the gifts you receive, you will find that they multiply… When you have a mindset of gratitude and abundance, you will see the physical manifestation of all the good things your heart desires… Yes, you could still face pain - that is just life; but ultimately, how you treat YOU will come full-circle: when you are kind to yourself, you will find that the universe will also treat you kindly... We usually receive what we radiate.
Practice JOMO. Practicing the art of “JOMO” - the JOY of missing out - is so important!! It can be easy to feel like we need to say YES to everything: when your friend asks you to help her move apartments, when your boss asks you to take on a new project that you don’t really have the bandwidth for, or the invite to brunch with that person who complains too much and always brings you down. Please hear us on this: IT IS OKAY TO SAY NO!! Seriously! When you protect your time, energy, and boundaries, you will have more time & energy to focus on yourself! 💕
Take a time out. ⏰When you feel the stress rising and start to get that fuzzy feeling in your brain like you can't possibly add something else to your plate, take a time out! Go outside and take a walk for 15 minutes for some fresh air (*without your cell phone!!*), which should help reset your mindset and ground you, so that you can take on the rest of the day with a clearer head.
We challenge you - spend some time this weekend considering how you can practice self-love more often!
Sending you all the love ❤️ and hoping you send to yourself!