In the midst of the pandemic, it is normal to feel not good enough. Life took a turn, and everything has changed now. Your normal self-care practices are quite cut due to stress. The body has a tendency to change, and aside from living a healthy life, there is not much you can do about it. This makes loving your body unconditionally very important. However, it is not as easy as said. There are certain expectations from a society that we feel obliged to fulfill. It’s high time to keep that side and start loving yourself the best way you can.
Here are a few ways to show self-love
1. Eat Healthy Food
There is no point in obsessing over appearance or thriving to get an ideal body. Rather than try to stay healthy. Stay motivated to stay on track, and soon you will be able to tolerate unhealthy choices. Feed your body food that nourishes it. Have a healthy diet full of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. A balanced diet is key to a healthy body. When the body is fed properly, it functions better. Your diet should have proper proportions of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, minerals, and liquids. It should be low in sugar, and it should provide you with all-day energy. A good diet results in a happy mood. Along with that, it also contributes to long-term health and physical performance.
Ensure your body is not missing any of the important nutrients, add supplements to your day. Those are the ways to fulfill the gaps between your body requirements and what it actually gets. Exercise daily, which relieves the daily stress. Staying active releases endorphins, the feel-good hormone, to fight anxiety and stress.
2. Stay Positive and mark your accomplishments
Release negative thoughts about yourself and focus on what is good for you. Make a daily list of your goals and accomplishments. Focusing on what we don’t have or what we have not accomplished makes us feel frustrated. List your achievements and focus on what is going right. This is the key to motivate yourself. No accomplishment is too small, because a single step in the right direction serves the bigger purpose.
3. Mindful Movement
Mindful means being aware of your actions. Mindful body movement is different from your regular exercise or working out. You are not forcing yourself to do something you don’t want to. On the contrary, it is understanding what your body actually needs. You can walk your dogs, or dance to your favorite music. This movement is based on your choice. In the end, your body and your mind will feel good. Mindful movement is about doing and choosing something you enjoy.
4. Drink your Liquids
Each cell, tissue, and organ need water to perform its functions. Water regulates body temperature, removes waste, lubricates joints and helps the body to perform its functions effectively. Make sure to have enough water. You can also include health drinks and electrolytes to stay hydrated and energetic throughout the day. They are low in sugar that helps improve your focus and makes you productive.
5. Surround yourself with joy
Ask yourself where you spend most of your day. Your work station, your desk, or at your home. Make your surroundings that you would like the most. Fill it with things that make you happy. Try to create an environment that you will love. It is a way to express self-love. In a comfortable environment, you feel happy and productive. You can smile just by looking around.
6. Take rest
We live in a fast-paced environment. Permit yourself to slow down a little and take out time for yourself. Here are the things where you need to slow down:
- Eat slowly: Eat without distractions. Chew slowly, this will give you the actual taste of what you are eating. This simple change in your eating habit could add wonders to your life.
- Breath: Take out a few minutes just to breathe. Take 10 deep breaths and make contact with your body. This technique could improve your focus.
- Rest: Don’t let your body and mind be over-exhausted. It is important to give proper rest to your body.
Like any relationship, you should make efforts to have a healthy and happy relationship with yourself too. Treat yourself the way you treat your loved ones. It requires patience, nurture, and kindness. There are multiple ways to show love to yourself, start with the above-mentioned. Explore what you enjoy, and feel healthy and joyous, not only in your body and soul.