5 Ways to Love & Look After Yourself
Written by Camilla Bazley - @coach_camilla
Self love is the most important kind of love. It effects how health, our mind, and our ability to share meaningful relationships with family, friends, and partners. Too often we focus on the externals. Focusing more on how we can make others “love” us, when really, the answer is simple. Love yourself first. As they say, energy creates energy, and a crowd attracts a crowd. Have you ever wondered why people flock to the happy, loud and crazy person in the office, or on the dance floor at a party? It’s their energy right? We love it. We crave it. So how do we create this self love within ourselves? Here’s five simple ways to get you on the road to be your own number one fan!
Move your body! Exercise is scientifically proven to increase endorphins in the body. You know, those "feel good" hormones that make you feel happy, energetic, and confident? It really is a natural drug to happiness! Just 30 minutes a day can change your entire world. Not only does it boast a large number of psychological benefits, but it also can improve your strength, fitness, and the icing on top, your physical appearance. When you look your best, you feel your best, inside and out!
It's true, you are what you eat. So why not fuel yourself with premium fuels and eat the way your body needs to, rather than starve it because a magazine told you to, or over eat because you’re being thoughtless about your intake. Food will change the way you think, move, sleep, work, and ultimately feel about yourself. It's also about balance. Being too restrictive can be an act of self sabotage. Love yourself enough to treat yourself to your favourite foods, with good company, and in moderation. If you want that chocolate, then don't feel guilty about it. Make a conscious choice to pick your favourite dark chocolate. Peak Chocolate is my 3pm daily treat!
3. Self Care.
This stretches as far as eating well and exercising, to meditation, treating yourself to a massage, or going to lay by the beach and read a book. How you treat yourself impacts the way you think about yourself. The better you treat you, the better others will treat you!
4. Meaningful Human Connection.
It's so important to spend time alone and be comfortable being your own company. However meaningful human connection makes us feel fulfilled! Surround yourself with people who make you feel good, and accept you for who you are. It's easy to get caught up trying to impress dozens of people, rather than sharing meaningful, and loving friendships with your close few. The top five people you surround yourself with will largely impact your own thoughts and actions. Make them positive ones!
5. Travel & Explore.
If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got! Quite like that routine drive to work, or weekend walk you do every Sunday. Seeing and experiencing different things makes you feel completely different. It doesn't have to be a European adventure, it could simply be an hour road trip with your best friend to a secluded beach or national park. Get out, explore, and allow yourself to feel FREE.
To live our lives to our fullest potential we have to start with ourselves at the top of our own priority list for love. So this Valentine's Day, try treating yourself to some self care, Peak Chocolate, and an active adventure. You might just be surprised what energy you attract!