I choose me. There is great power in that statement. The practice of self- love is not what you may first think. Far from vanity and selfishness, self- love is all about taking 100 per cent responsibility. It all starts within.
If we learn to love, respect and allow, then the practice of self-love can be a wonderfully powerful life skill. And as we all know, if we model this, our little people will grow to accept it to be the norm. February is synonymous with love, so let’s start with ourselves!
STAY TRUE. What is our truth? How do you feel? What do you think? What do you want to do? Life can be hectic. We have partners, children and friendships that take us on their journey. This can be overwhelming at times and we get to the end of the week and, alas, what about our purpose? Did we achieve anything for ourselves? Scheduling time to take steps toward achieving our life goals is imperative. It’s not selfish.
FUEL UP. Nurture your body by ensuring you fill it with the right fuel. What is your favourite food? When was the last time you ate something that flooded your body with amazing nutrients and your senses were overwhelmed by the taste, smell, texture and visual excitement? Your body is your vehicle for life. Look after it by giving it the right food.
GET UP AND MOVE. Find what you love to do and go and do it. We are so blessed to live in this part of the world with great weather and an abundance of activities to try. You need to find the exercise that motivates you to get up and go.
REST. RELAX. UNWIND. Love and respect yourself enough to know that your body needs relaxation. Shout yourself a massage, facial or simply diarise regular times to sit in nature or on the beach. Leave the phone in the car and truly unwind and reconnect with yourself.
VALUES. When was the last time you checked in with your personal values? Health, family, adventure, relationships, fun, harmony, freedom, truth. There are so many. What are yours? Are you living within your personal values? Are you associating with others who have similar values where you can simply be yourself?
WORD UP. What is your self-talk? What are you saying to yourself? Find some powerful “I AM” statements that align with your values. “I AM t and healthy”, “I AM a great mum/dad”, “I AM fun”, “I AM love”. Keep your self-talk positive and aligned. The subconscious mind is amazing and by using “I AM” statements daily and with conviction you bring awareness to how truly great you are.
LIVE WITH GRATITUDE. Be grateful for all you have in your life. Be thankful for the day you are living right now. Be thankful for your body that carries you through the day. Be grateful for the ability that you have to change what needs to change.
My mum always told me to accept the things that I could not change and love and respect what I am capable of. By practicing these steps, I know I am a role model for my family. Love yourself enough to allow these things for you as well.