If you haven’t started loving on yourself, then today is the day to jump on the bandwagon! Practicing self-love can do wonders to improve your inner resilience, make you a more compassionate leader, improve your productivity and decrease stress.
So many of us tend toward being overly self-critical and, with our self-worth in the bin, we push ourselves too hard for too long, which can lead to feelings of anxiety, insecurity, isolation, and, ultimately, burnout. Does this sound like a path you’re currently walking? Well then, it’s time to take the fork in the road!
Here are some simple but powerful self-love habits you can implement today to turn that frown upside down and start living a bolder, more joyful life.
4 Self-Love Habits You Can Adopt, Starting Today
Positive words of affirmation
Think of all the times you felt a friend or loved one was too tough on themselves and all the things you said to them to make them feel better (or would have liked to say to them). Now say those things to yourself! Even better, grab a pen and a few post-it notes and sprinkle your words of affirmation all over the place.
Take a time out
If you’re someone who is always on the go, then create and block out a slot in your daily schedule to do something that brings you joy. Whether that’s drinking a cup of tea and reading a book, going for a walk in the park, or lounging in your bathtub, dedicate time to doing something that makes you feel wonderful and remember, most importantly, that you deserve it!
Check your plate
The food we eat has a direct effect on our physical and mental energy and mental health. With thanks to the gut-brain axis, it is possible to, quite literally, eat our way to a better mood! Good gut bacteria love a low diet in processed sugars and high in nutrient-dense vegetables and fruit, so if you were looking for a sign to replace your morning latte with a kale smoothie, this is it!
Get in with the right crowd
Surround yourself with people who inspire you and lift you, the people that only ever encourage you and make you feel great. That may not feel like “self-love,” but having the courage to walk away from toxic relationships and surround yourself with positive people takes courage and is, quite possibly, one of the most incredible acts of self-love there is!
Hey Joyfreshers, what are some of your favorite ways to practice self-love?