Loving Yourself First



BY JULIE FRITZ

We all have times in our lives where we have to be generous with the love that we give to others. Whether it’s in our role as a mother, sister, wife, daughter, or even as a friend, there are times when the love we can give is vital to the health and well-being of the people that we care about deeply.  These are important times we need to be prepared for. However, if we’re going to be able to give the love we have to others, we need to understand how to love ourselves first. If we’re unable to do that, we will be unable to give our love at those important times when the people we care about need it the most. 

So how can we practice loving ourselves every day? Even though we all know it is really important, it is often something that gets pushed to the side when we are busy or overwhelmed.  Here are some ways to show yourself love every day so that you can be prepared to give your love, too.

Get enough sleep

Sleep is so important. Without it, it can be hard to feel clear-minded and able to make good decisions. It also takes a toll on us emotionally and physically when we are not getting the sleep we need. It’s important to aim for 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night so that you can feel your best and do your best. Don’t forget that self-care is an important part of loving yourself. 

Eat healthy

Making healthy choices with food gives us the energy and nutrients we need to be our best selves.  It’s another great way to show yourself love. By reminding your body that you care enough to make the right decisions about what you put into it, you will feel better about your health and love yourself more.

Exercise

Thirty minutes of exercise every day goes a really long way. It’s an excellent way to show yourself love by reminding your body that you care for it – enough to make sure it stays strong and healthy. When you make exercise a part of your routine, you will notice a difference in how you feel and how you feel about yourself. 

Take time out for you

Show yourself some love by taking some time out to enjoy yourself. Do something you enjoy or do nothing at all. Find a way to feel relaxed and focus on you. Whatever it is, allow it to be a time of rest and healing where you are growing the love you have for yourself.

Stay emotionally healthy

This is really important. We all need to pay close attention to our emotional health. It is not something that can be ignored.  It can get out of control quickly if you are not paying attention. If you’re not feeling well emotionally, it can drain you in so many ways. It can leave you feeling empty inside and not allow you to give love to anyone, including yourself.  Be sure to talk to someone if you’re not feeling well emotionally. 

Take 10 min every morning to love your look

One really easy way to show yourself some love is to take 10 minutes every morning to make sure that you feel beautiful. Maybe that means styling your hair or putting on a little makeup or picking out an outfit that makes you feel good. There is something really special about how you feel when you are living your look. Whatever it takes to make you feel that way, take the time to do that every day. You are worth it. 

When you are making sure that you are loving yourself first, you’re putting yourself in the best position possible to love others as well. We all have a sense of wanting to give love to others, to be there when they need us, and help them when times are tough. It’s always hard to be your best for others and to love them most if you can’t love yourself first. Take the time to show yourself the love you deserve so you can help others, too.


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