With the start of a new year, there’s often hope for a fresh start. I personally don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions, because I can’t remember a single time I chose one and stuck to it. Instead, I like to take this time to reflect on the past year and set goals for the year ahead. With that being said, I’m going to share with you my aspiration for the year ahead- To Make 2017 About Loving ME! I challenge you to do the same.
“What is self-love?” you might ask. Self-love is the building blocks of who we truly are. It’s your foundation. Without this foundation, things may feel unsteady or you might have a sense of disatisfaction within your life. Once you start to really tap into this concept, you will start to find safety and happiness within yourself.
There are many ways to achieve self love. One of biggest ways is to start recognizing that you have needs. Prioritize them! Take some time to think about how your needs aren’t being met. Why aren’t they? Are you putting someone else’s needs before your own? Then dig deeper. What is the real reason you’re not fulfilling your desires? A lot of times, there’s a sense of guilt behind doing things for yourself. We are raised in a society where we’re expected to do nice things for other people. However, if you’re always giving to others without giving to yourself, you will soon feel burnt out and resentful. It is important to make sure your needs are being met, before you deplete yourself by giving to everyone else. What steps can you take this week to make sure your needs come first?
A practice I like to follow is scheduling in “me time.” This time for yourself is extremely beneficial. It allows you to unwind, grants time for self-discovery, and provides a sense of joy and contentment in life. Not only that, but adding more “me-time” has been proven to promote heightened concentration and greater productivity. Think about some activities you enjoy, and schedule these into your calendar. It could be as simple as making time for your favorite TV show, catching a yoga class, or taking a relaxing bath. Whatever it is you love to do, make sure you’re making time to do it!
Once you start practicing self-love regularly, you will start to notice some miraculous shifts in your life. You will start to become more aware of the situations and people that exhilarate you, as well as those that are no longer serving you. You will become less frustrated when things don’t work out as planned. You may start to see these situations as opportunities to learn. Things will start to fall into place naturally. The biggest shift you will start to see is that you are the creator of your own happiness! Loving yourself is the best choice you could ever make.