Updated: Feb 8, 2020
Mastering Self Love takes time and practice. Below are my favorite ways of practicing self love on the daily!
1-Take time for yourself everyday.
If you only have a minute…close your eyes and focus on your breath. Inhale to the count of 5, exhale to the count 5. Just by doing that small thing, you’ve allowed yourself to become present.
2- Journaling. Writing is a powerful way to affirm your intentions.
3- Nourish your body. Eat well, drink lots of water and fresh juices.
4- Be kind and gentle with yourself.
No negative self talk!
Write the numbers 1-50 on a page in your journal.
On the top of the page write the words
I Am Now fill in each number with words that describe you!
5- Gratitude - Gratitude shifts your attention away from resentment, regret, guilt or anger and giving an affirmation and recognition of goodness.
Everyday write at least 3 things in your journal that you’re grateful for. Did you know you can rewire your brain to be happy by acknowledging 3 things you’re grateful for every morning.
6- Be of service to others. When loving others and giving yourself freely for the sole intent to give unconditionally your heart expands and allows others to feel love. The love vibration expands, everyone feels it around you and we all benefit.
7- Affirmations - Affirmations are used to reprogram the subconscious mind. Affirming what you want to happen into your existence. Evidence-based research shows that affirmations, like prayer, actually change the brain on a cellular level—in other words, what you think about matters—a lot. “Thoughts have a direct connection to your health,” says Dr. Joseph Dispenza, author of Physics, the Brain and Your Reality: “Thoughts make a chemical. If you have happy thoughts, then you’re producing chemicals that make you feel happy. Negative, angry thoughts and fearful thoughts also produce chemicals to make you feel how you’re thinking.”
8- Go out into nature / unplug to reconnect with yourself
Healing, happiness, concentration, weight loss, prevention of some illnesses, reduces stress, keep you youthful, boosts immune system just a few of the benefits from being in nature.
9- Write a list titled, "Things That I Love."
Simple right? Is it playing music, listening to music, going on a hike, a bike ride, walking on the beach (there’s that nature tip again) reading, playing with kids.
Now that you have your list, you can refer back to it during those times you’re feeling anxious or needing a break.
10- Move your body! Put those endorphins to work! Endorphins are chemicals produced naturally by the nervous system to cope with pain or stress. They are often called "feel-good" chemicals because they can act as a pain reliever and happiness booster.
Other ways to increase endorphins besides exercise, is giving (#6 in our list) yoga and meditation( #11 & 12 on our list), dark chocolate (small amounts) and laughing!
11-Yoga - Yoga as a practice is an invitation to connect with yourself. To not only feel yourself physically but to connect emotionally and spiritually. Moving slowly into the pose, guided by the flow of your breath.
12- Meditation- set a timer on your phone for 15 minutes. Sit or lie down comfortably. Gently close your eyes and begin to focus on your breath. Breathe in to the count to five, breathe out to the count to five. Once you have brought your awareness to the present, now you allow rest your brain and not think of anything.
~~Comment below if you want me to expand on how to meditate. ~~
Some Benefits of Meditation Include: Reduces stress and anxiety, promotes emotional health, enhances self-awareness, improves attention and concentration, improves sleep, rejuvenates and inspires!
13- Practice forgiveness. Forgive yourself you can’t change the things you have done in the past we can only focus on the future. Let go of past trauma and wounds. When we let go of things that have happened to us we no longer carry the burdens.
14- It is OK to not have a good day.
Accept things for what they are, a learning experience. The contrast in life isn’t meant to weigh us down, it’s meant to inspire us for a better future!
I’ve mastered self-love and now I’m here for the purpose to help you move past pain or blocks that are holding you back from living your happily ever after!