5 ways to be kind to yourself

5 ways to be kind to yourself

{I originally intended to post this in time for Valentine’s Day but life got in the way, and I didn’t get a chance to publish it. Better late than never.}

Yesterday was a day to celebrate love, not just our love for others, but also self-love. As they say, in order to love others, you must learn to love yourself first. We often forget to take time out, especially when we have other priorities or others are depending on us. However, it is so important that we build a loving relationship with ourselves as not only will it improve our emotional health, it also improves our physical health and our relationships with others. Being kind to yourself isn’t difficult. You don’t have to do anything drastic or buy anything expensive, you could simply look in the mirror and appreciate what you have, run yourself a relaxing bath maybe, or even just believe in yourself and what you have to offer the world.

ACCEPT IT AND EMBRACE IT 

I think it is normal for us to want what we don’t have and this includes wanting to be something, or someone that we are not. I’ve been there, as I’m sure many of you have. I used to have really low self-esteem, and zero confidence in myself or my appearance, especially back in high school. I’d look in the mirror and wished that I had a different nose, teeth, hands, legs etc.., you get the picture. What is even worse is scrolling through social media, looking at pictures of beautiful women with limbs that travel off the screen, bronzed, sun-kissed skin and perfectly toned bodies and thinking, why? Why can’t I look like that? Over the last few years, I have embraced who I am and I think that happens naturally the older we get. Honestly, it feels so good to finally stop comparing myself and because of this, I feel more confident in myself. Sometimes I still feel pressured into looking or dressing a certain way but I’ve never succumbed to it. All I want is to feel comfortable, to feel like myself. There are good and not so good qualities in all of us, but that is what makes everyone so uniquely interesting. It is good to be different and who wants to live in a world in which everyone looks the same anyway. No thanks.

BELIEVE IN YOURSELF 

If anyone tells you can’t do something do not listen to them. If there is something that you want to do, go out there and prove them wrong. Let go of negative thoughts and endless dwelling, they stop you from living in the moment and moving forward. So many times have I had an idea, (like this blog) thought about it for far too long that I end up putting myself off the idea, and end up thinking I’m not good enough; there are others who can do it better. How will you ever find out though if you don’t at least give it a try? By constantly disbelieving in ourselves, our self-worth suffers and it becomes increasingly difficult to try and tell yourself otherwise. There are times when you feel as though all hope is lost, but it is not. In the words of Scarlett O’Hara, ‘after all, tomorrow is another day.’

TREAT YOURSELF

Why not. Treat yourself to a bunch of fresh flowers, put your feet up for half an hour or even buy tickets to a show you’ve always wanted to see; it will give you something to look forward to. It is the little things like these that really make a difference to your day as it gives allows you to escape for a moment and focus on yourself. It’s not a selfish thing to do at all. Everyone deserves the right to relax and look after themselves. Including small changes to your day in which you dedicate time to yourself will increase your sense of overall wellbeing. When I feel under pressure, as though the list of things I have to do is suffocating me, I find that the best thing for me to do is to forget about it. Let it go for a moment. Especially during times of increased stress and anxiety, in which my brain is a whirling machine, focusing my attention on something/someone else really makes a difference.

LOOK AFTER YOUR HEALTH

I can’t stress this one enough. The best way to love yourself, is to look after yourself and practice mindfulness. This includes being mindful of what we are putting into our bodies and how it affects our health. This doesn’t mean never touching a digestive biscuit or cheesy chips ever again, just as long as the majority of your diet is unprocessed and well balanced, it is ok to enjoy yourself now and then. I’m by no means an expert, obviously, but over the last year I have become increasingly interested in nutrition; naturopathic nutrition in particular. We don’t need to listen to a doctor or nutritionist to discover that food plays a major part in how we feel. I always feel lighter, healthier and more energetic when I eat less sugar and more raw foods. As for exercise, I used to dread the thought of it. I’m not very good at competitive sports and I can’t run very well so I mostly walked for exercise. Since starting yoga and the gym, I have found a love for exercise. It clears my head and I actually enjoy the feeling of getting my heart working and my muscles shaking.

BE THANKFUL 

Last but not least, be thankful for what you have rather than focusing on what you don’t have and remind yourself daily. Be thankful to others, such as friends and family and show them how much you appreciate them. A hug or a smile goes a really long way.

Love Georgie ♥

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4 Comments

  1. Fabia
    February 15, 2017 / 7:33 pm

    Love this Georgie, totally agree with all above points xxx

    • Georgina Grace
      Author
      February 15, 2017 / 8:31 pm

      Aw, thanks Fab xxx

  2. Sarah Woodford
    March 22, 2017 / 11:10 pm

    What a lovely read : Georgina you are a very classic beut , and a classy young lady 😍 Mum must be proud : I would feel blessed to have a daughter as humble as yourself xx

    • Georgina Grace
      Author
      March 24, 2017 / 9:06 pm

      Thank you Sarah xx

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