Whether you have a valentine or you're still looking for the perfect catch, self love should be your first love -always!
These 7 tips make self love easy...
1. POSITIVE SELF TALK
You know that voice in your head that never seems to switch off?
Ask yourself if it's friendly and kind, or is it a bit of a bully?
So many of us bad mouth ourselves with unwanted thoughts: 'I feel fat, this looks awful, I'm a bad mum, my boss hates me.' You know the stories.
Pay attention to how you speak to yourself. If it's not how you'd speak to someone you love, don't speak to yourself that way!
SELF-LOVE TIP: If you catch yourself in negative self talk, stop first. The consciously choose something more encouraging.
2. KNOW YOUR LIMITS
Too much of anything can be unhealthy, whether it's food, people, alcohol, parties, work - even exercise.
When you go beyond your limits on any of the above, you might find yourself frustrated, overcommitted, overweight, overwhelmed, exhausted, stressed out or all of the above!
SELF-LOVE TIP: Know when you've had your fill, and take it down a notch before it gets too much.
3. GET SOME REST
With all the work, exercise, parties, commitments and catch ups, rest is rarely a priority. Yet rest is when your body heals, repairs, restores and makes sense of your life experiences. Let's face it, we're generally much nicer than our tired selves!
SELF-LOVE TIP: Love yourself enough to choose rest when you need it, regardless of what other people need.
4. CARE FOR YOUR BODY
You've only got one, and it's kind of irreplaceable! If you treat your body like a garbage dump, it will eventually look and feel like one. SELF-LOVE TIP: Fill up on fresh, healthy foods. Avoid alcohol, drugs and other toxins. Move more than you sit. Breathe fresh air. Boost your intake of nutrients that support good health.
5. ADD A LITTLE SOUL
This looks a little different for everyone, but we all need something to believe in. It might be religious, it might be spiritual, ritual or just grounding. It can take forms from prayer, to community, to music, dance, surfing or spending time in nature.
SELF-LOVE TIP: Find things that make your soul sing and do them more often.
6. GIVE & RECEIVE SUPPORT
Human beings evolved in tribes. We're not designed to be alone and can't thrive that way. Use the support that's around you and give as much as you get. Giving and receiving are equally important for feel-good vibes to flow.
SELF-LOVE TIP: Ask for help when you need it. Be a help to others whenever you can.
7. SELF PAMPERING
Massages and weekends away are lovely, but not always practical or affordable. There are lots of little things you can do every day to feel little special, like our favourite Summer skin routine below:
SELF-LOVE TIP: Use a dry body brush to remove dry, dead skin and boost circulation. Follow this with a cool shower - we recommend using our invigorating propolis body wash. When you're done, massage your skin with 100% Pure Jojoba Oil to soften and nourish all over!
Take the time to love yourself this month (and always!). When your cup is full, it's easier to fill someone else's!
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