Self-love like self-care can be demonstrated in so many different ways:
-Eat healthy foods, that fuel you rather than those that spike your blood sugar and then rapidly depress you
-Forgive yourself for past mistakes- don’t let the shame consume you anymore. Name them, own up, and forgive yourself. Maya Angelou has a wonderful quote about this, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
-Send love to your physical scars- put your hands on those scars, talk to them gently and lovingly.
-Attempt body positvity- don’t focus on what you don’t like about your body, highlight what you do like!
-Stretch! Get your body moving and oxygen and energy flowing throughout it, feel gratitude for it
-Write a letter to your “younger you.” Be a big brother/sister to them, and write what you wish you could have told them
-Get a massage, acupuncture, Reiki- get the energy moving, and let your body feel pampered, appreciated
-Be aware of how substances make you feel after you partake. Remember alcohol is a depressant so if you are struggling with feeling down that may not be the best go to.
-Create self-love rituals- ex: taking a bath by candlelight and bubbles
-Be in dialogue with yourself and pay attention to how you are talking to yourself without judgment, redirect where necessary
Everything takes practice folks. Self-love and self-care are skills, which is great news! We CAN get better at both. See what you can implement into your life this next week. And remind yourself you deserve it.
Take care of YOU.