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Are you a woman, an employee, a boss, a mom, a wife, a sister, a daughter, a boss blogger? If you answered yes to any part of the above questions, then I know that you are faced with numerous demands on your time and energy every day. Your life is a balancing act which may include things like raising children, managing a home, budgeting, working, caregiving, and much more. Not to mention the additional internal and external stressors you place on yourself without even realizing it. After the busyness of the holidays, you just might need a quick pick me up. Start the year off right!
Read this post that I wrote especially for you and choose one of these 7 self-love practices and begin today.
The desire to be a loving, nurturing wife, mother, friend, sister, co-worker, boss, along with the other parts of life that are beyond your control can weigh you down and become overwhelming if you do not take care of yourself.
Granted, there will be days that allow for more lengthy and extensive times of self-care. Perhaps an hour at a spa or a hike in the mountains, but you need to incorporate moments of self-care into your daily routine now. Please do not wait, put yourself first for a couple minutes right now. There are plenty of scientific and evidential based research studies to show that what we think and do about and for ourselves will affect our self-image, self-worth, and self-love. Think positive, love yourself, and be the best you there is!
Here are 7 quick self-love practices you can easily start today. One tip for each day of the week too.
Write “I am beautiful, inside and out!” on a post-it note and place it on your mirror where you will see it at the start and end of every day. This is a simple, yet powerful reminder to help you think positively about yourself. Here are some cute sticky notes that are perfect for this reminder, even their shape says you are a SUPERSTAR!
Share something you love about yourself with your husband or a close friend. The act of affirming your good qualities out loud will, in turn, increase the positive thoughts you have about yourself, which will, in turn, increase the time you reflect on positive qualities about yourself, which will, in turn, increase your positive thoughts which….I think you are getting the hang of this!
Try giving yourself a Pep Talk today using one of the catchy affirmations from the book ‘Think Happy’ to boost your confidence, attitude and mood. These pep talks from happiness expert and Oprah columnist Karen Salmonsohn are feisty, fun and memorable, guaranteed to stick in your brain like a catchy song
Write down three things you are thankful for. Practicing gratitude will improve your attitude about yourself and your life. Start your own gratitude journal or keep a gratitude jar. I began my own gratitude journal five years ago after reading Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts.
If you have not read this book, I encourage you to order it from Amazon by clicking on the image above, or borrow the book from a friend who has already read it. This book has changed my life 1000 times over. I guarantee you that the daily habit of being grateful will truly change your outlook on life and how you view the world around you.
Write down your ‘2018’ reasons for gratitude in this beautiful Emily Ley ‘Grace but Not Perfection’ Journal. This quality journal reflects simplicity at it’s best without minimizing on quality.
Looking for a beautiful new journal? Click on the image below for more information.
Incorporate a 15-minute ‘time-out’ into your day. Use the time to reflect, meditate, journal, play your favourite music, pray, or simply listen to your breath and do nothing else at all. This is a ‘no technology’ time zone so please leave your phone alone. Post this free download “Mommy’s Gone to the Beach” sign outside the room to signal to your spouse and kids that mom is taking a break.
Write a list of three values/standards you hold in high regard in your life and state why. Reflecting on the things you hold most important will keep you centred and grounded all week long.
Do a minimum of 3 stretches daily. Begin and end your day with three easy stretches to relieve overall stress in your life and increase your positivity. You can try the three great beginner stretches in this previous post, Stretch for Your Body, Mind and Soul.
Give yourself a big, squishy hug. I can hear you laughing out loud but I am serious. Wrap your arms around yourself and say “I love you just the way you are.” Love is powerful, you NEED to love yourself first in order to love others well.
Incorporate one of these seven quick practices into your daily routine as you develop the habit of self-love, you are worth it and a heck of a lot more. Or try a different one each day this week and let me know how it goes. Email me anytime at [email protected], I guarantee to read your email personally and reply as soon as I am able.
Smiles from Lisa xo
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