The One About Self Love

Self love practices and self-care practices have become so important to me - and I mean more than just a bath. There are more deep things that I have been trying to make room for. I am a big believer in self love not just self care. I was really good at self-care for a long time. I loved treating myself to spa days and my husband and I would take a break once a month and go to a hotel for a night. But self love is an exploration and discovery around the journey of fully accepting yourself. It’s the work to have full affection for yourself. It's super brave to do because you have to really look at yourself and say, ‘this is really who I am’ but you do it without judgement. It takes some work. I’ve done hypnotherapy and inner child work but in Covid, part of my self love has been asking myself, what is making me unravel. Like, if I am going to freak out, what have I not done. Some of the things for me are making my bed, scheduling time for myself ahead of time, sweating or moving in some way every day and plugging into the planet which for me, is mostly laying on my back looking at the sky and breathing. Makeup is also big for me and sleep. What I do is I put my non-negotiables on sticky notes and I put them on my mirror; makeup, sleep, healthy eating, making my bed etc.. and I have a basket of other things that if I just need to leaf through and remember to do, I have it here written down. Dancing, laughter, doing my own nails, connecting with a friend. Writing them down helps me remember and allows me to incorporate them into my day. It makes me a little more accountable. Then I can sprinkle them into the moments that I have when I can. This process is what I consider self love. Being more intentional in hw you care for yourself.  I’ve also started to understand my energy takers - people or things- and I have been removing them from my life. This has helped me a lot.