“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”- Lucille Ball
So true, self-love is one of the most important elements of our happiness and overall well-being. Though traditionally self –love is often considered as an act of selfishness. It has been taught to us that if we are not working hard for our duties and taking care of others, we are being selfish, we are being narcissist. But it is not the complete truth; actually self-love is the act of “love of self” or “regard of one’s own happiness or advantage” that helps in releasing negative thoughts and criticism towards you and embracing more loving thoughts.
Research has shown that practising self-love has so many advantages such as better mental health, increase happiness and productivity.
Personally, I have found that whenever I feel depressed or overwhelmed by pressurising responsibilities, the only thing that pulled me up and out is drenching myself in self-love. But during practical life when we had tons of duties and responsibilities, practising self-love can be challenging for so many of us.
Here I am sharing some of my favourite “self-love strategies “that helps me a lot to feel happier and positive during everyday life.
Create a self-love ritual
Like all other important things, it is equally important to plan your self-love or self-care ritual. Pre-planning and organising a scheduled time will help a lot to get de-stressed and relieving routine tensions. Self-care ritual activity could be different for different people. For me, it is always about spending some quite moments of prayer with god and practising yoga and meditation. These few moments of self-care provide me an instant energy and I had better ability to perform my duties and responsibilities.
Go for a nature walk
Nature is the creation of god. Scientific studies suggested that nature has a sort of healing properties, it relieves tension, anxiety and reduces blood pressure, ease the muscle tension. Taking in the sights and sounds of nature improve mood and relive the anxiety. As a mom, we have to deal with repeatedly tasks and we often need a break. A short break as a nature walk even in your backyard had a significant psychological benefit. Nature is a positive distraction, which makes us calm and happier.
Be creative and focus on your hobby
One of my favourite ways for stress relief and get involve in self-love, is the being creative and spends some quality time alone for my hobby. I believed when we engaged in any form of creative activities, we had a state of complete mental involvement in something and that works like a meditation. It has a great potential to reduce stress and can alleviate the burden of various psychosomatic disorders. It is best creative way to involved “Self-love” in our otherwise hectic life.
Eat healthy and exercise regularly
During every day hectic life, we often get more focused on our jobs and responsibilities and involuntarily ignored our health. And this ignorance causes a wreaking havoc on our physical and mental fitness. It may cause nutritional deficiencies, muscle pain, weakness of the immune system, even a state of chronic stress that is very harmful and make our body to vulnerable to other systemic infections. So pre-plan your daily routine and schedule some time for proper healthy eating and exercise is the best thing that helps in the journey of “self-love”.
Scientific studies suggested that exercise produces endorphins (good neurochemical) that help in building stamina and mood lifting. Even 5 minutes of aerobic exercise provide excellent health benefits. And nutritious healthy diet helps in strengthening of our immune system and makes our body strong enough to deal with stress.
Last but not the least tries to enjoy each and every moment of life. Sometimes, when we had too much to do and feel piled up with tasks, we often forget to enjoy tiny sweet moments of joy and happiness; everything seems like a burden for us. So forget those unnecessary negative circles of thoughts and try to enjoy each tiny moment of life. We cannot take care of our families unless we take time and care for ourselves, so try these simple de-stressing strategies and enjoy a Happy and healthy life.
Moms, these were the ideas to follow a “self-love” routine. What are yours? Which strategies you liked most? Please share with us.
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