It’s important to show up for others, but how often do we treat ourselves with that same level of kindness and take time for ourselves? One of the best things that we can do for our minds and bodies is to take a break and remember that we are worthy of love.
For some people, adding self-care into a daily regimen can seem inconvenient, and impossible to fit in. Your first defense might be “I don’t have time for that,” or “I have too many other things to do.” But repeatedly putting the needs of others before our own can lead to a lack of “me time,” which can, in turn, create stress and resentment and prevent us from being our best selves.
Studies show that adding self-care into one’s daily routine reduces stress, decreases the chance of mental and physical ailment, increases productivity, and inspires feelings of happiness. By taking some time out for ourselves each day, we’re able to approach our work and relationships with a clear, happy mind, and reach our health and fitness goals.
10 Ways to Love Your Body Today (& Every Day)
- Get outside for some fresh air and sunshine. Being outdoors helps you relax, lightens your mood, boosts your vitamin D, and even helps with healing. Even better: find a park or other tree-filled area, and spend at least 15 minutes enjoying nature.
- Read a book . Let us count the ways reading a book is good for you: it strengthens your brain and prevents cognitive decline, builds empathy, improves your vocabulary, reduces stress, fights depression, and helps you sleep better. Plus, it’s linked to a longer lifespan! If you need a book idea, check out Jay Shetty, Think Like a Monk.
- Get in your workout. You already know why 🙂 It helps lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. It lifts your mood, helps reduce depression and stress, and is great for your brain. Plus … it strengthens your bones and muscles and can keep you feeling active and strong. It helps you sleep better; it’s linked with a better sex life, and it boosts your chances of living longer.
- Put your hand on your heart and tell yourself, “I love you!” Seriously, try this. Put your hand on the left side of your chest and feel your heart beating. It’s working so hard to keep you strong and alive. Take a moment to feel gratitude for that. Then tell yourself, “I love you!” (Do it even if it feels weird.)
- Make time for a 10-minute stretch session. Stretching helps you feel better in so many different ways: it improves your circulation, activates the part of your body’s nervous system that helps controls rest & relaxation; and triggers the release of feel-good endorphins.
- Listen to your favorite music. Music has a powerful influence on our bodies AND our moods – which is why it’s important to choose upbeat songs that make you FEEL good. For many people, music can lead to better learning, it can improve your memory, help you focus, boost your mood, ease depression and anxiety, up your energy, and help you workout longer/harder!
- Treat yourself to a warm bath. Studies show that a warm (not hot) bath can help you relax by reducing stress hormones in your body. Plus it’s great to help you get to sleep afterward. But that’s just the start of it. A warm bath also can help reduce tension in your muscles and relieve aches & pains (try adding 300 grams of Epsom salts for even more benefit). Note: a hot soak sounds appealing but it can actually leave some people feeling dizzy and weak. This is NOT what we are aiming for.
- Look through old pics that make you smile. A little visual walk down memory lane can give you perspective and help you feel gratitude for all the amazing people you’ve met along the way (and all the adventures you’ve had).
- Cook a delicious dinner of your healthy favorites. When was the last time you treated yourself to your favorite meal? If you’re the cook in your household, chances are you usually choose foods that other people will enjoy. Tonight, choose something YOU want. 🙂
- Schedule a massage. They’re great to reduce stress, improve circulation and energy, and even boost your immune system. Plus … you DESERVE IT!
I hope these tips inspire you to take some time for YOU! Self–care is taking care of what’s most important, which is your health and happiness.
If you’d like some specific guidance to help you with your goals, let’s talk! You can book a free 30-minute Discovery Call with me here.