When you look back at the end of the day, how many times did you show yourself some love?
Your relationship with yourself is fundamental to your well-being. However, it’s easy to overlook it when you’re busy with responsibilities at work and home.
You may not have much free time or extra cash for fancy spas and complicated projects. Fortunately the good news is that many of the most effective self-care routines are free and straightforward.
Cherish yourself today. Try these easy ways to increase your health and happiness
Developing Your Self-Awareness--To value yourself, you need to understand yourself first. Knowing that you can make positive changes also increases your motivation and energy levels.
These strategies can help you become more self-aware:
Take time to reflect daily. Stay in touch with your thoughts and feelings. Find a quiet space to sit down and observe what’s on your mind without making judgments. Even a few minutes of contemplation can be helpful.
Ask for feedback. Others may sometimes notice things you miss. Listen with an open mind and search for relevant information even if you disagree with some points.
Take personality tests. Those assessments you find online and in magazines have their limits. Still, you may gain some insights, especially if you notice patterns over time. Don't take them too seriously, this is just for a little ice breaker into self-insight. Remember, no one, and no thing can know you better than you.
Be honest. Examining yourself can take courage. Accept yourself as you are. We all have a shadow side. As side we don't like to think about because it's imperfect and frightening. That side has incredible insights, so don't skip this. Figure out what you want out of life and hold yourself accountable for your actions.
Protecting Your Health
Positive habits can help protect you from obesity, diabetes, and other serious issues. Instead of viewing your choices as sacrifices, think of them as signs that you care about yourself.
Try these techniques:
Eat healthy. Nourish yourself with delicious whole foods. Enjoy your favorite dishes and snacks in moderation. Set the table and use your fine china even when you’re eating alone.
Sleep well. Don't feel pressured to sleep "x" number of hours. Sleep until you are rested. Some people need more sleep than the recommended 8 or 9 hours. Listed to your body needs to find and get high-quality rest. Create soothing bedtime rituals like reading classic novels and sipping chamomile tea or a piece of dark chocolate. Take a warm bath and wear soft pajamas. Keep your bedroom dark and quiet. Please check my book listed below that specifically addrsses fidning your uninque sleep cycle.
Exercise regularly. Does working out feel like a chore? Have more fun with your fitness program. Invite a friend to join you or take group classes. Listen to music or use apps that gamify your activities. Start small and work your way up.
Manage stress. Release tension by slowing down and breathing deeply. Develop hobbies like vegetable gardening or sketching faces. Play with your kids and pet your dog.
Boosting Your Happiness
Most of your feelings are under your control. According to research, just believing that you have power over your happiness tends to make you much happier. You’ll probably make even more progress if you back up those beliefs with concrete actions.
Keep these tips in mind:
Cultivate close relationships. Loving others brings you more love in return. Make your family and friends a top priority. Resolve conflicts promptly and respectfully. Be generous and forgiving.
Laugh and play. Humor is an important life skill. Try to see the funny side of difficult situations. Share a joke with a coworker. Watch movies that make you laugh. Visit a comedy club on your next date night and follow comedians on social media.
Live with purpose. Set goals that are compelling and realistic for you. Make decisions that align with your values. Connect with something greater than yourself.
Think positive but stay realistic. Train yourself to be more optimistic. Notice the fortunate things that happen each day. Savor small pleasures like sipping hot coffee,tea, aromatherapy and watching the sunrise.
Self-love more important than any post can emphasis. It's an ongoing practice and something that you can do anywhere and anytime. Treating yourself with kindness and compassion builds the foundation for a fulfilling life and healthyrelationships with yourself and others.
How are sleep and dreams connected to all of this?
Sleep and dreams are a gateway to other states of consciousness and wellness. In dreams, our soul calls us. If we choose to pay attention, this is where we can spark or elevate our spiritual awakening and overall health. We can connect to a greater place of knowledge than we do in waking life alone. The ego takes a back seat and our higher self speaks from a place of truth via symbols, whether you remember or not.
Wishing You Wholeness
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