Self-Love: I AM important
The importance of self-love, needs to be embraced by all. After all, you ARE worth it. I think for many people, they forget to love themselves. They worry more about what other people think of them, and if they are loved (enough) by others. However, love, starts with YOU. You can’t place expectations on others to love you the way you want them to. You have to let them love you the way they know how. This is part of the giving and receiving process.
So, what are some ways you can love and nurture yourself? First, you have to make the commitment to love yourself enough – without restrictions and without canceling on yourself. You have to show up, when your body and mind needs you, and even when it just needs some routine TLC.
Second, schedule some “me time maintenance”. You don’t have to wait for your body or mind to “break down”. Doing simple, daily or weekly “replenisher sessions” can go a long way. You can schedule as little as 15 minutes, however ideally, you should allow for at least 30-60 minutes. Take this time to enjoy some quiet time, allowing you to think, and dream about what makes you happy. Treat yourself to a monthly massage and/or facial, tea or coffee time with friends, hot aromatic bath, afternoon walk or whatever helps you be present in the moment. Something to shut down the mental chatter, nourishing positive thoughts and overall body relaxation.
Third, sleep well. Get to bed before 11:00pm, allowing the appropriate time for you to fall into a REM sleep (before your send adrenaline kicks in). It has been shown that a good 8-9 hours of sleep can support your body systems, cognitive faculties, metabolism, stress level and daily productivity.
Fourth, tell yourself, often, how much you love yourself. What are you happy and blessed about? What are your accomplishments? What are your dreams? Start an affirmation board, by cutting out pictures from magazines, or creating a board on Pinterest. Bottom line…choose you. Love you. Commit to you.