#29: Love yourself
Be kind(er) to yourself, practice radical self-love, validate your own experience and emotions, prioritize your needs. Aren’t these things we all want to do for ourselves but never get around to? Hats off to you if you are already so kind to yourself! I don’t meet so many people who have really mastered this. Here are some ideas to get you going. Try out something that sounds right to you!
Just pause and take a breath
Create a list of your own life priorities – and see if the life you are living matches up with these
Stop the negative talk when you catch your reflection – realize you are beautiful and you have a beautiful body that serves you everyday
If you have the budget for it schedule regular massages, acupuncture, yoga or meditation classes, etc
If you don’t have the budget for the above, set time aside for a yoga DVD and/or self massage with one of these magical things. These things can even be sourced free or cheap on Freecycle, craigslist, etc…
Try some guided meditations online
Take 5 minutes to do a gratitude journal before bed
Refuse to multi-task
Make yourself a healthy green smoothie
Road-trip to a new place
Go to a poetry slam. Bonus points if you participate!
Get enough sleep. Go to bed earlier.
Literally tell yourself “I love me!”
This entire “31 single parent tips in 31 days” is really about taking care of yourself. I just wanted to call self-love out here in no uncertain terms. How about you? What are your favorite ways to love yourself as much as you do others?