As women, we often put all of our love into those around us and forget to reserve some of that amazing juice for ourselves. It is so important to show ourselves love in order to feel valued and whole. Use these awesome self love tips to start to show yourself more love on the regular.
Love is not one of those things that gets used up. Actually, the more you love the more love you have to give. So love freely and remember to love yourself up! Know that you are amazing and incredibly deserving of love from yourself and those around you.
Use These Self Love Tips To Improve Your Gut & Overall Health
As a gut health and wellness coach, my focus is on improving gut health. You might be surprised at how many things affect our gut microbiome and health. And, you guessed it! Our ability to love and accept ourselves fully reduces major stress in our lives. When we can learn to accept who we are and where we are on our journey (because you are exactly where you are meant to be!), we learn to honor ourselves and can grow exponentially from this place.
This love and acceptance helps us to learn to listen to what we need and desire in each moment. When we can listen, we grow clear. And when we have clarity, we are WAY less stressed. You will know that you are on the right path and trust your decisions because you trust your inner wisdom.
Good nutrition and lifestyle choices that include reducing stress in your life are the best general recipe for gut and overall healing. So anything you can do to become aware of what you need and take action towards that will help to boost your gut health. Simply showing more love to the most consistent, present, trusted, and dependable person in your life (YOU!) is a great place to start.
Self Love Tips
There are so many ways to be compassionate with yourself and show yourself love. So choose something that sounds wonderful to you or that you know you really need right now. Here are a few self-love tips and ideas to get your creativity flowing.
Do something nice for yourself
So many of us don’t take enough time for ourselves. Well now is the time to stop and do that! I invite you to find something that sounds relaxing or fun and schedule it in sometime this week. It doesn’t have to take a lot of time to be meaningful, and the possibilities are endless.
- Take yourself out for a cup of tea or a nice glass of wine
- Read something you enjoy
- Schedule in time to reflect
- Set up a massage or bodywork appointment
- Take an Epsom salt and essential oil bath. Put a few drops of your favorite essential oils on the salts before putting them in the bath. Bergamot is my favorite and can encourage self-love.
- Build in time to go for a walk
- Buy yourself flowers, chocolate, or a gift and wrap it or find a way to “give” it to yourself
- Write yourself a love note
- Go to a class you’ve been interested in
- Read or watch something inspirational
- Celebrate a recent success, no matter how big or small
Give yourself permission
Sometimes we simply just need to give ourselves permission to relax, slow down, take a break, talk nicely to ourselves, adopt a mindset of worthiness, accept that you deserve to be valued, allow yourself to let go of something you are hanging onto, begin to forgive yourself, or any other permission you may need. This simple yet sometimes challenging practice can open the doorway for a cascade of positive changes in your life.
Journal about yourself
Write about everything you like about yourself from the most obvious to the most inconspicuous things. This can include things physically that you appreciate about your body, what your body allows you to do, how you treat others, how you show up in the world, your mentality or perspective towards life, or whatever else it is that you are grateful for or appreciate about yourself and your life.
Imagine what you want to think of yourself or the direction you would like to go in your life and with your mindset. Repeat an affirmation about how wonderful you are or a new mindset that you are trying to adopt, and say it with confidence as if it is true. You can increase the benefit by stimulating the mirror neurons in your brain by looking in the mirror to say your affirmations.
Tip: Leave out the word “not” since our subconscious brain won’t register this easily. Also, this encourages positive affirmations.
Here are a few examples, but please find something that resonates with you and practice in a way that feels authentic. This may be slightly uncomfortable at first if you are not used to using affirmations, and will become more natural over time.
“I love and accept myself”
“I deserve love from myself and others”
“I deserve my own appreciation”
“I choose to focus on the positive aspects of my life”
Let Loose, Guilt Free!
Allow yourself to splurge, take time for yourself, and enjoy life Guilt Free! I like to follow an 80/ 20 rule and maybe your percentage is different. 80% of the time, I aim to eat well, move my body, and do the healthy things that nourish my mind, body, and soul.
And, I believe it is important to let go and splurge at times in order to nourish your soul in a different way and not feel restricted in your healthy choices. When you choose to do this, allow yourself to do it without ANY guilt or shame. If you are feeling guilty as you are eating your favorite dessert, enjoying a drink, or watching your most recent Netflix binge, it takes away from how much you will enjoy that activity.
In addition, guilt and shame both place a heavy burden and a lot of stress on our mind and body, and in themselves are extremely unhealthy. Giving yourself this freedom will likely help you stay on track better the rest of the time. So give yourself a break, let loose, and have fun!
I hope some of these self-love tips resonate with you, but if not, brainstorm other things you can do to show more love to yourself. It doesn’t matter how you do it, just that you do. So let’s get started! Grab a pen and piece of paper or your journal and write down what you are going to do to be kinder, more compassionate, and loving to yourself. Next, schedule it in your calendar; when something is actually in your calendar, you are much more likely to do it. The sky is the limit, let your creativity go wild and have fun.
I Love You!