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Is it possible to love yourself and not feel like you’re taking away from others? Can you love yourself and still care for others? Y-E-S!

I know we see a lot of shaming on social media, store ads, TV shows, you name it! There’s body shaming, career choice shaming, low credit score shaming, materialistic shaming, relationship shaming, etc. I believe this all of this shaming plays a huge role in why people have a hard time loving and accepting themselves for who they are.

It’s February, the month of love and while everyone thinks about loving others, I want you to love yourself more!

Self-love has so many emotional, physical, mental, and financial health benefits to it, that it shouldn’t be ignored. 

Today I want to share 5 tips you can use to be intentional when it comes to loving YOURSELF more.

Forgive yourself.

This one is holding many women hostage. There’s something you’ve done in your past that you’re still holding against yourself whether it was your fault or not. The only way to get past it is to forgive yourself and put it behind you. Otherwise the negative feelings will haunt you forever and hold you back.

Make time for you.

Sometimes, no, most of the time we get so busy taking care of others we forget to take care of ourselves. Start making time for you to enjoy activities that are relaxing to you.

Many women like to do yoga followed by a relaxing warm bath sprinkled with a few drops of their favorite essential oil, like lavender. Add in some soft music and you have a recipe for relaxation. Maybe that’s a bit much with your schedule, I can relate. Some days, sitting in my car, in silence, for 5 minutes is relaxing. 

Get up and move more.

You may have seen me say this before I believe it… Sitting is the new smoking!

Sitting stagnates our bodies. And if that sitting happens to be in front of the T.V, it can also lead to mindless snacking on unhealthy foods. Due to a lack of movement and an overload of calories, weight gain is usually the result, which leads to low self-esteem and degrade the perception you have of yourself. *exhale*

If you have a job that requires sitting, prevent the effects of it by getting up and moving for at least 5 minutes out of each hour. 

Eat Healthier.

I know you’ve heard the saying “You are what you eat.”  It’s a fact!  You have the choice to eat junk food, which is high in salt, sugar and saturated fats or to eat clean. Eating healthier will not only provide your body with the nutrients it needs, but it’ll help you stay fuller longer, reducing the urge to eat unhealthy snacks between meals. 

Improve your sleep quality.

Being sleep deprived takes it’s toll on your body because that is time your body NEEDS to rebuild, repair and replenish itself. If you don’t give it adequate time to do these things, you start the next day at a reduced level of productivity.

If you’re stressed and it keeps you from getting a good night sleep, take action to reduce it. If the cause is environmental, then make changes to your mattress, bedding, room temperature, amount of light coming in, noise or whatever it is that’s keeping you from getting at least 6 to 8 hours of quality sleep.

I hope you found one or more of these 5 tips to love yourself more and to increase your self-acceptance. 

To Your Health & Success,
Monica Bundy