For many of us, self-love doesn’t come naturally. Here we share our top tips for self-love and self care, so you can start being kinder to yourself.
For many of us, self-love doesn’t come naturally. We seem to think it’s OK to criticise how we look, what we say, the decisions we make and the way we behave. Imagine speaking to others in the way we talk to ourselves; our friendship groups may somewhat diminish.
If there was ever a time to be exceptionally kind to ourselves, now is most definitely it. The past year has been challenging enough. You may have eased the monotony with a few extra calories, and your body is showing the signs. Netflix won the battle with the obligatory daily walk (spring sunshine and blossom is a joy. Winter rain wasn’t quite so appealing). You didn’t get round to colour coding your wardrobe with those extra hours at home.
In my opinion, this is all normal for a far-from–normal existence. You did what you needed to do. You made it to the other side. Beating yourself up about it isn’t going to make you feel better. It’s time to be kind.
When we look at ourselves, we’re all guilty of focussing on the parts we don’t like. I spent years being critical of my body, and working on my mind was the only way to change the perception I had of myself. Turn your attention to the bits you like. Learn to accept that every part of you makes you who you are. Perfection doesn’t exist. Individuality does.
Always make time for self-care. A bath. A book. Just being in the moment. Revive your suffocated skin with Monuskin Warming Aromatic Mask. It’s amazing for brightening the complexion and giving your skin a much-needed boost. Take 10 minutes to yourself, and let it work its magic.
We may not want to spend too much time reflecting on the first lockdown, but it forced us all to slow down and just ‘be’. We walked. We sat still. We questioned our fast-paced lifestyle. We were quiet in our own space. Remember how this felt (before we started climbing the walls). You can take this time again, in your own time.
I say this a lot. Perhaps as a reminder to myself. Before you overload your diary and send yourself into social shock, take a step back. Remember how empowering it is to politely decline. Do what you want to do, not what someone else thinks you should do.
You can’t predict how you will feel over the coming weeks or months. Some days will be exhilarating as you appreciate the simple pleasures you so desperately missed. Others will be exhausting as you adapt to change. Everyone is experiencing this together. You are not alone.
Try not to worry about what everyone else is doing. We’re all going to deal with this transition in our own way. You’re in control. Make choices that are right for you, and stick with them. Don’t let others put you off track. Self-love is about being kind to yourself, and this means making your own decisions and not worrying about what others think.
You have survived an unimaginable year. You have crawled your way over the final hurdle. Any physical and mental scars are signs of your strength. Look at them with new eyes, and give them time to heal. Think of yourself as your own best friend. What would you say? What would you do? How would you give support in a time of need? You deserve the love you give to others, and it will help you love them even more.
We’ll keep you up to date on hot topics and industry news. You’ll be kept up to date on a need to know basis on all things culture, you won’t want to leave…