A Love Reminder to Self
February is the month of love, and it's not limited to simply loving others, it should be about some ultimate self-love as well. Whether you are a busy full-time boss-babe, stay at home mom, working mom, or anything in-between, finding time to love on yourself should be at the top of your daily to-do list...and yes, I have to remind myself on a daily basis to love on myself a little more as well. I am no expert, but these are at the top of my #loveyourself list:
1) Give yourself permission to rest
How often in the run of a day do you slow down enough to stop and think? Thinking is the one thing social media and our daily 'busyness' has high-jacked from our lives. We feel we have to have something tangible to prove of our daily productivity. So, instead...
* Take time to sit, have coffee and reflect for at least 10 minutes a day.
* Go to bed an hour earlier at least one night a week (the laundry can wait).
* Meditate - just 10 minutes a day to start off, can make a huge difference. Mindful.org has some wonderful resources on mindfulness and meditation, or try this Lululemon one week meditation challenge.
2) Give yourself permission to find gratitude daily
At the beginning or the end of the day, jot down three things you are grateful for on your family chalkboard, journal or gratitude jar. It's a great habit to get kids into as well. Or simply do it mentally, especially in those moments of crazy; interrupt the anxiety with gratitude.
3) Give yourself permission to be imperfect
Most of us hold ourselves accountable for not measuring up to the perfect version of ourselves that we had envisioned. Embrace the imperfection, love it, and make it part of who you are. No one is perfect, only on social media - wink.
"FLAWSOME (adj.) an individual who embraces their flaws and knows they're awesome regardless" - Themindsjournal.com
4) Give yourself permission to say NO
Oh boy, the people pleaser in me finds this one to be the most challenging. Saying no almost feels impossible and somewhat selfish to me, even though I know better. Saying no protects your 'you' time, your 'family' time and your '#loveyourself' time. Nothing can be more powerful when setting boundaries with others than saying no. I enjoyed reading this article on the power of saying No.