I want to talk to you about radical self-love. A lot of people don’t practice this very well, and I think it’s actually one of the most important things you can do for yourself. Just as crucial to your health as food and water. To help you show yourself some love, here are three of my favorite tips on how you can love yourself a little bit more.
Practice Radical Self Love Everyday
When I talk to people about self-care, and taking care of themselves they’re like, “Oh I get a massage once a month.” I always say, “That’s awesome that you get a massage once a month! BUT… you should be doing something every. single. day. Not every 30 days!” I know that so many of you are very busy professionals and/or very busy moms. It’s really easy to let yourself just slide off the radar when it comes to doing special things for yourself. But set a goal to gift yourself 5 minutes a day, to start. This might mean hiding in the bathroom and playing a game on your phone for 5 minutes. Totally cool. That can be your gateway to taking care of YOU.
Practicing radical self-love can be something that’s super simple or small – like 5 minutes in the bathroom alone. Or it might be a scheduled event: getting a mani/pedi, grabbing coffee and a walk with a friend. Just little things that you can do so that you know you are doing something that you are enjoying that’s just for you, and not anyone else in your life. And yes, that something might even be a workout!
Be Aware of Who You Surround Yourself With
Practicing radical self-love also includes being conscious of our environment. Really be aware of who your influences are and the people you surround yourself with. Of course that’s going to be the physical people around you – at work, at home, and the people you see throughout your day. But it’s also going to be who you surround yourself with online? How do you feel after spending time on social media? How does it influence your internal dialogue? Are you seeing things on social media that put down women, or “fitspiration” that makes you feel more uncomfortable in your own skin? It’s really important to notice what you do and the types of things you surround yourself with. Are they things that lift you up and fuel you and light a fire in you? Or are these things tearing you down and making you feel bad? Or even worse, are they causing you to compare yourself to someone else in a negative way? Noticing these influences, and being aware of who you surround yourself with is a HUGE part of practicing and mastering radical self-love.
Do Things That Make You Feel Good!
You might not be surprised to hear me say that exercise will make you feel good. Yes, I’m telling you to exercise to feel good, rather than just to lose weight. You know that when you get in your workout, you’re going to feel amazing all day long. So by exercising, that’s another part of radical self-care. Same thing with choosing foods that fuel you, if you choose foods that give you energy, and have protein & fat that will sustain you, you’ll actually be more productive and creative member of society all day long. Excellent, right? So, start thinking about things that you can do throughout the day to improve your energy and mood. Maybe that means you take a break from work and step away from your computer during lunchtime, and sit and think about your food instead of your email.
There are all sorts of things you can do to take good care of yourself, and practice radical self-love, in tiny little bits throughout the day, so at the end of the day you’ve had a really fulfilling day. What are some of the ways you practice radical self love?