Often when we think of self-love, we think of treating ourselves to a treat, and while this can be a form of self-love, I actually believe that making sure we take good care of ourselves is key in self-love
Start the day with your breath, our breath is so vital, and yet something we often take for granted. When you wake up, take a moment (preferably 6 minutes) to breath in slowly and out even slower, this helps to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, which reduces stress (it turns off the fight, flight, freeze response).
Eat healthy food, buy healthy food, let yourself know that you are doing this because you love yourself and want yourself to have a strong healthy body.
Moving your body doesn’t have to be some hardcore work out, it can be going for a walk, riding your bike, doing some gentle yoga, stretching and moving, it can even be dancing to your favourite tunes. Whatever you do, do something you love.
Meditate. Switching off your brain is one of the biggest acts of self-love. Find some quiet time, focus inwards and relax. I personally love guided meditation; I find it much easier to switch off my brain if it is distracted. Joining a community meditation group is also a great way to connect with other people in your community.
Visit the dentist, doctor, optician when necessary. Just as we would want our loved ones to get regular check-ups, it’s important we do this too.
And in the same way, book coaching, a healing, therapy, to help support you in your life.
Massage, haircuts and other beauty appointments are also key to our well-being. However these maybe inaccessible at the moment, so can we find time to give ourselves a foot rub? A long deep hug? A face mask? What will make us feel loved and cared for today?
Often, we think of consumption as food and drink, but what about the consumption of information? What are you watching? Reading? Listening to? Does this nourish you? Or make you feel anxious?
Get enough sleep for you. Sleep is so important, it helps the brain, improves health, and allows us to process emotions. If you would like to know more, you could read “Why we Sleep” by Mathew Walker.