As we continue to navigate the global pandemic, it’s essential that you take time to properly love yourself. It can be easy to get off track and disregard the routine you’ve created for yourself, so there are a few things you can start doing (or doing again) to practice self-love during these times of uncertainty.
Adding positive affirmations to your daily routine can help tremendously in loving yourself. When you have a lot going on in your life, negative self-talk can begin creeping in. You may question if you’re good enough, if you’re doing the right things, and if you’re meeting everyone’s needs effectively.
By changing the way you think of yourself, and by making small changes to your internal dialogue, you’ll be amazed at how great you’ll feel.
If you’re someone who usually engages in negative self-talk, try saying some of these phrases to yourself each day.
- I am good enough.
- I have everything under control.
- I will prioritize my needs because I am important.
- Everything will work itself out.
- I’m surrounded by helpful people who love me.
- I have a balanced life.
Positive affirmations can be life-changing, so do yourself a favor and start adding them to your vernacular today.
Sometimes you have to say no, and that’s ok. An important way to love yourself is by knowing your limits and learning not to overextend yourself. We all have obligations, from work to family to school, and if you’re constantly pouring from an empty cup, you’ll soon experience burnout.
Experts say that setting boundaries can help in reducing stress and can give you more control over your life.
I know that some of us can have difficulty with setting boundaries because we don’t want to let another person down, but think of this as a way of prioritizing yourself and your time. Once you set clear boundaries, you’re able to show up to the world as the best version of yourself, and you’ll be better equipped to help your community.
Cook a Healthy Meal
Cooking can be very therapeutic when you feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders. When you’re busy running errands or doing other daily tasks, it can be very tempting to stop at a fast food restaurant for a quick meal. I strongly advise against this because you’re often left with less energy than you started with before you ate the meal.
Instead, I recommend making time each week to cook a healthy meal because you’ll feel much better about what you are putting into your body. Slowing down and being more intentional with your meals is a great way to love yourself.
If you’re looking for a tasty and healthy meal to try out, I recommend checking out Deliciously Ella.
There are various ways to love yourself as you move through this “new normal.” In order to operate at your absolute best, find time to take care of yourself, even in the smallest of ways.