With Valentine’s Day coming up we will read endless ways to express your love for those special people in your life.
But, what does it really mean to LOVE yourself?
I was listening to a podcast the other day and one of the things that stayed with me was about resisting the urge to make massive moves instead of creating the lifestyle you want. For instance, people will set up boundaries like: I will treat myself when I lose 50 pounds, or I will finally start dating when I finish my degree, or I will go after my dream when I have $___ in the bank. And the point of the podcast was, why are you waiting? Why can’t it be part of your journey?
With so much happening in the world today it’s easy to lose sight of what makes us happy because we are bombarded with images and narratives that perpetuate a life that is far better than our own and ultimately makes us feel bad about who we are and where we are in life. And this is not something that we can do anything about all of the time, sure you can block or unfollow accounts on social media but what about commercials, movies, news articles, blog stories?
We can’t always control what is happening around us but we can control who we are and how we will react to those moments when we are not feeling very good about a moment or even ourselves.
Show up for YOU, what is best for YOU? And how are you showing yourself LOVE?
We give so much, we do so much, and yet when we try to carve out time to even think about ourselves… oftentimes we end up on the chopping block. This is one of the ways where we need to show up for ourselves and in turn embrace loving ourselves.
For me, loving myself looks like nourishing Maddy emotionally, physically, and mentally. How are you showing yourself, love?
Hope you are inspired to find ways to celebrate yourself today and always.