Let’s face it. When life gets hectic, it becomes challenging to devote any time to taking care of yourself. But this relationship with self is like any other relationship: It takes time. And it’s just as important to show yourself a little love, especially when you are too busy with work, constantly striving for success, or driven to do everything right. Turns out self-love is the key to your well-being, mental health, and happiness. We’ve put together 10 simple tips to help make the practice of self-love easy.
1. Be Kind to Yourself
It might seem challenging to accept your pesky imperfections, forgive yourself, and realize you are enough. But it is essential that you know these misgivings are your perception of yourself and not what your friends or co-workers really think. Try this: When these negative feelings arise, look yourself in the mirror and say, “This is me, and I’m OK with it.”
2. Smile & Laugh More
Never underestimate the power of laughing and smiling. That slight up-turn of your lips and the guttural rumblings of your laugh have the strength to lift your mood.
3. Schedule Some Outdoor Time
Spending time in the sun, breathing in the fresh air, and planting your feet firmly on Mother Earth not only feels good but boosts creativity. This means you’ll feel more inspired to do the things you love, which leads us to No. 4 on the list.
4. Follow Your Passion
As the old adage goes – Life is Short, and it is reason enough to get busy discovering what makes you happiest. But pursuing what brings you joy doesn’t mean quitting your job or upheaving your life. It simply means spending more time engaged in the activities you like rather than letting the tasks you don’t enjoy take up too much of your time.
5. Make Time to Move
Exercise is important because it improves your mood and helps you better manage daily stress. In fact, exercise can be as easy and free as a walk in the park or as complex as a workout class at the gym. Another option is yoga, which focuses on both the physical and mental aspects of movement. For a variety of yoga styles and a robust schedule of classes, try Sculpted Yoga Studio on Main Street in Summerville. Regardless of how you decide to move, making exercise a priority will show yourself you care.
6. Nourish Yourself
Eating well and drinking plenty of water is important in leading a happy and healthy life. But in this fast-paced world, it can be challenging to ensure you eat foods that make you feel good and drink enough fluids to stay hydrated. The best strategy is to be mindful of what you eat and how much water you drink, and forgive yourself when you don’t make the healthiest of choices.
7. Practice Positivity
The truth is that when you are positive, you are happy. It’s really that simple. You’ll likely experience more success in your life with a positive outlook, too. To cultivate positivity, try meditation. Other benefits you likely experience with a regular meditation practice include improving your self image and reducing stress.
8. Treat Yourself to Something Special
Sometimes you just need to pick yourself up with a treat, like a hearty breakfast at your favorite diner, a meet up with your friends for an evening out, an hour-long massage, a day trip to Folly Beach, or a stand-up paddleboard tour of the lowcountry waterways surrounding Bowens Island.
9. Sleep Through the Night
Getting enough sleep is easier said than done, especially with all the electronic devices we use daily. But sleep is vital to feeling good. An easy strategy for a sleep-filled night is to set down your phone, turn off the TV, and grab a good book an hour before bedtime.
10. Volunteer Your Time
Volunteering your time is rewarding. Not only do you get the opportunity to make someone else’s life easier, volunteering helps you realize a sense of purpose, discover your own self-worth, and develop an appreciation of the life you have.
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