All we need sometimes is a little self love. Let Lezlie show you how! Thanks Lezlie for your lovely post :)
Let’s not kid ourselves. It’s hard to love other people if we haven’t learned to love ourselves first. This isn’t about being a self-centered drama queen. Look at it more as taking care of yourself. If you tend to neglect yourself and your needs, check out the following list for some great self-love points.
1. Eat Healthy
We hear this advice constantly, but how many of us really eat healthy? Don’t mistake fad diets with eating well. Do you eat a balanced breakfast each morning? What is your water intake like? When is the last time you counted your daily grams of sugar? A balanced diet filled with vegetables and lean protein (with a moderate amount of carbs) will help you feel your best. Take some time to plans your meals this week so you can set yourself up for success.
2. Learn to Say No
If you are a people pleaser it’s time to cut that pattern out of your life for good. There is a wise quote that states, «I don’t know the recipe for success, but the recipe for failure is to try to please everyone.» It’s vitally important to have the discernment in knowing when to say no. If you don’t have the time and energy, stop taking on new projects, appointments and commitments.
3. Be Honest with Yourself
This builds on point #2. If you know in your heart you want to say no, but decide to say yes, you aren’t being honest with yourself. Don’t say no if you really want to go for something either. It’s helpful to take the occasional inventory on your life and determine what you really want in your life. If you find there are people or things that are there because you aren’t being honest with yourself, don’t be afraid to make honest changes.
4. Be Honest with Others
Why make yourself miserable and possibly another person out of dishonesty? Be honest with other people so that you can both have freedom. If you find that certain people in your life use aggression or manipulation to try to persuade you to do what you don’t want to do, it’s okay to create a healthy distance while you find the strength to be honest. Just remember that no time will ever seem like the ideal time to have hard discussions.
5. Celebrate Small Victories
It’s good to learn to celebrate the seemingly small victories in our lives. Life can be fleeting if you haven’t noticed yet, so it’s important to live in the moment and celebrate. Be sure that you don’t downplay things that are important to you, no matter how small you may view them. If something in your life gets you excited, be open and share it with people you trust and love so they can enjoy it with you. You are worth celebrating!
6. Develop Your Interests
Break out that «one day» list and start checking them off lady! Life is too short to not acknowledge your interests and hobbies and take some time to develop them. You never know where they will lead you. Don’t forget to set aside time to enjoy your life and what you love.
7. Break a Sweat
It may take time to find your ideal workout but I promise you there is some type of physical activity you will enjoy! Do you love to run with the wind kissing your face? Maybe you like to punch things and kickboxing is the class for you. If you love water, try swimming laps at your local pool. There are ways to incorporate what you enjoy with exercising. Most gyms offer trial memberships so take advantage of your closest gym and test the waters. A fit body will change your life.