Are you investing in the greatest investment possible?
I'm talking about you. Putting yourself first and investing in loving yourself. Because this is the most important thing you can do. Why? When you love yourself, you open up the ability for others to want to be around you and love you. Your love trickles into your work. Your nurtured, well loved body thrives far more optimally and you reduce your risk for chronic disease from stress or malnutrition.
So, please ask yourself, are you loving yourself enough? This is the perfect day to think about it and make it happen if you're not already.
Here are my top tips to love yourself more.
1. Make the time to move your body every day.
Even if it’s only for 10 minutes! Or 10 minutes a few times a day. Go for a walk by the beach, in a park or through the bush. Or, perform any type of movement that you enjoy. Exercise releases our feel-good hormones, endorphins, and nothing makes us feel better than that natural high It also allows you to maintain a healthy weight far easier and reduces your risk for all chronic disease.
2. Have the right support network
Surround yourself with people who support you, bring you up, align with your goals and values and make you feel good about yourself. You are the company you keep. So, learn to let go of the people who bring you stress or who make you feel like you’re not enough and prioritise time for those who really value you for you. This support, to me, is one of the most important things in life. If you can’t see them on a daily or weekly basis, pick up the phone! When you make the time to speak to your loved ones, it goes a long way for your overall happiness and wellbeing!
3. Practice a self-care ritual
This might be a few hours a week where you read a book, cook in the kitchen, watch a great movie, get a massage, listen to music in your favourite location, meditate or do anything that helps you switch off and be at peace.
4. Prioritise sleep.
Try to aim for 7-8 hours of shut eye per night. The better you sleep, the better you feel and the better you work. It’s one of the most important things you can do for your body and your mind. So, make sure your room is very dark, avoid work at least 1 hour before bed, turn on “night shift” on your mobile and laptop when the sun goes down, use blue light blocking glasses if you’re watching tv or you visit the supermarket at night, diffuse relaxing essential oils and try meditating before you go to sleep or anything else that helps you wind down.
5. Fill your body with wholesome foods and eat what you LOVE
Aim for 5 serves of vegetables a day and steer clear of added sugars and preservatives. And don’t forget to always enjoy every single meal! It is important to find ways to prepare and cook healthy foods so that you enjoy your food every time you sit down to eat. Because, why not?! Pimp up your veggies with olive oil, herbs and garlic. Or create an Asian twist by using coconut oil, garlic, tamari and ginger.
If you love sweets, like me, then this is fine too! There is room for them, especially when you find healthy alternatives to your favourite foods like chocolate. This is why I love creating recipes with yummy protein powders, as you can make decadent healthy smoothies, protein balls and other sweet treats with absolutely zero guilt, knowing that it is doing your body wonders! My One Minute Breakfast Pudding is the perfect example of this!
Need more inspiration for healthy, extremely tasty recipes that will help you slim down and boost your energy at the same time? My 3 Week Body Reset Plan is so perfect. The results coming through have blown me away, just like the 21 Day Spring Slim Down Plan!
So, put yourself first today, try to practice at least 1 of these self love tips and then please try to incorporate them all into your life daily! You are your best investment and you deserve it.