If you feel like you’re running on fumes because you’re burning the candle on both ends, I totally feel you. Your to-do list is never ending, but if you stop, it’s only going to get longer. If you give yourself a moment, the guilt might set in.
And on top of that, time is flying by faster and faster.
After my trip to Europe a decade ago, I realized just how fast-paced our society is. As soon as I got to the airport here in Dallas, I wanted to go back. To me, Europeans know how to live in the moment. Better yet, they know how to live life. From what I saw, they enjoy time with family, friends, and truly love themselves.
Well friends, today’s post is about taking a moment to love yourself. As the movement for self-love continues to grow, I wanted to share a few ways on how you can start creating good habits of self-love.
But first, let’s take a look at what it means.
Knowing that you are important.
Being aware that you need to take care of yourself in order to take care of those around you.
Giving yourself a break.
To me, that’s my definition of self-love.
Here’s how you can love yourself a little bit more:
Celebrating your wins…big and small.
I used to be terrible at celebrating my wins. Now, when I receive good news or new opportunities, I got myself into the habit to thank God first and then I text my mom and my besties. I express my excitement and my gratitude. Sometimes, I’ll even celebrate with a glass of wine or dinner with friends.
Celebrating is one habit I’m working on being very consistent with to show myself some love.
Take care of you…more.
Not only does this mean spa days or getting a much needed haircut or mani, but true self-love means loving every part of you. Your self-worth is how you treat yourself.
Getting into the habit of moving your body means you love your body. Reading personal development books or listening to podcasts to strengthen your mindset is self-love as well. Because it’s human nature to do the easy stuff or revert to negative thinking, positive self talk is needed and is considered you taking care of yourself.
And from personal experience, this physical and mental practice has saved me during my darkest and trying moments.
Take care of your soul.
Whether you believe in God or the universe, take time to appreciate what you’ve been given and the plan for your life. An attitude of gratitude brings joy and perspective. Start each day with gratitude.
For me personally, I read my Bible every night before I drift off to sleep. I’m proud to say that I just hit my 365-day mark of reading my Bible app last week! When I wake up, the first thing I do is thank God for waking me up and allowing me to see another day.
To me, these specific habits have changed my life. Not only are my days better, but my belief in myself has skyrocketed and I haven’t felt this happy and confident in myself in a long time!
Go for your dreams.
Seriously. Whatever your dreams are, take the first step towards them. It doesn’t have to be a big step. It could be as small as coming up with a name for your business or brand. No one has to understand what you’re grinding for because it’s not their dream to understand. You deserve to use your gifts and be happy contributing to the world in your own way.
Get into the habit of doing something for your dreams each day. You could start day one by just writing action steps you need to do to accomplish your dreams. Then the next day, do one thing off that list to cross it off. That’s it!
For me, the more I work on my dreams, the more I feel that I deserve all the great blessings in life. And if you’re not there yet on this habit, it’s okay. I get it because I was once there and know how you feel. Trust me and trust the process.
Know that you are worthy of living your best life so don’t dream too small!
Be in control of your day.
Instead of your calendar running you, you need to be the boss of your calendar. Do you have a morning routine set in place? Loving yourself means putting yourself first.
Whether you like to blast into your day or ease into it, carve out how you want your day to begin. You can’t always control what happens to you throughout the day, but you can control how to start your day!
You can start getting into the habit of self-love by taking any of these suggestions above. As time goes on, you’ll learn that loving yourself is important.
Friends, you can love yourself without feeling guilty.
I promise that not only will you feel better physically and mentally, but knowing that you can be there 100% for your loved ones is reassuring.
I hope that after this post, you go and give yourself a little more self-love because you deserve it!