How to Love and Treat Yourself
Self-Care Tips to Love Yourself More
4 Ways To Love Yourself More
How to Love Yourself: Self-Care Tips That Benefit Your Health
by Catherine Conelly
Self-care is in style right now. But it shouldn’t just be taking the occasional bubble bath before bedtime or allowing yourself to waste time with a magazine for once. While there’s nothing wrong with temporary self-care, you may find that working self-care into your routine consistently may improve your overall well-being and reduce the number of burn-out days you experience. If treating yourself is nothing more than an occasional reaction to a bad day or a stressful week, here are a few ideas on how to love yourself more often.
2.Learn How to Say No
Overcommitting yourself is a one-way ticket to exhaustion, both mentally and physically. When you say yes too often, you may wind up feeling fatigued and overwhelmed, and, when endured long term, the resulting stress can put you at ahigher risk of health issues like diabetes and cancer. The fact is, acting a bit selfish can be healthy. Learning to say no leaves more time to focus on yourself. When you’re only saying yes to what others need from you, you may not be giving yourself what you need — whether it be making time for exercise, sleep, or to spend much-needed Netflix-and-chill night with your dog.
Desperate for some time to reflect? Meditating is a great idea. But meditating before you get to that point is even better. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology found that daily meditation helped participants react more mindfully. No huge shock there, but it’s the consistency that makes a difference. Another study found that it could take up to eight weeks of daily meditation to improve negative moods and memory and reduce the effects of stress. Try adding CBD to your meditation routine to ease your body, reduce minor aches and help create a sense of calm.
4.Change Your Perspective on Stress
Here’s the thing about stress: You can’t eliminate it from your life. But you can learn how to recognize and overcome stress. When you start to view stress more positively, your body releases hormones that improve your ability to face challenges. Conversely, when you believe you can’t deal with stress, you may find it harder to cope with the situation at hand. As a daily self-care practice, learn to recognize when you’re feeling stressed, and try replacing negative thoughts with positive ones.
The moral of the story is don’t just use self-care as a bandage. Self-care is best when done consistently and proactively. It’s learning how to love yourself 24/7 and prevent the damaging effects of stress before they wreak havoc.
Catherine Conelly is a former beauty and health editor turned freelance writer and digital marketer. She’s written for Shape, Thrillist, PopSugar and StyleCaster. Her work has also appeared on Forbes, Entrepreneur, the Glassdoor blog, and Adidas Game Plan A.