They say all we need is love, but you can’t you can’t give what you don’t have.
I’m all about pouring out love from a full cup.
That’s why this month was all about getting your self-care on point.
Because burnout sucks (as I’m sure you already know).
As busy professional women and entrepreneurs, we are over-worked and over-stressed and it can wreak havoc on our health, wealth and relationships.
Each week in February I’m sharing 5 ways to love yourself this year (in a smart, not selfish, way) so you can serve and make an impact at your best.
(Catch up with the rest of the series here)
Here’s your last list of self-love tips!
20 Insanely Easy ways to Love Yourself and Beat Burnout, Part 4
I have a serious case of wanderlust.
I love to find hidden corners of cities, take long drives in unfamiliar countrysides and hop on a plane once or twice a year to a new destination.
Exploring brings out your inner child and allows you to experience the world in a new way.
If you don’t have the time or funds to live a jet-setting lifestyle (yet!), try to at least find 1 or 2 new places a month to visit within driving distance. Getting a fresh perspective physically will inspire and invigorate you.
When you think about “investing” you probably think mutual funds, stocks, startups and cryptocurrencies. But as entrepreneurs and professional women, we need to remember that as much as we invest in other businesses for a future return, we also need to invest in ourselves.
If we expect other people to trust and invest in us with their time, talents or resources, we must be ready and enthusiastic to do the same.
Courses, coaches, masterminds, memberships– the options are endless when it comes to investing for our own development, but you’ll thank yourself down the road when you’re reaping the returns 10x in health, wealth and happiness.
There’s something so therapeutic about using your creative energy to bring something incredible into the world.
If you’re a gifted writer and haven’t been consistent with your blog or book, schedule some time each day or week to simply get some words on paper (or on a screen).
If you’re a visual artist (painting, sketching, photography), book some time at a studio or go on a nature walk at golden hour to shoot some beautiful images.
Talented cook? Prep a 5-course gourmet meal for your family.
You get the idea– whatever your gift is, channel that into creating something beautiful that you’re proud of and that reminds you of all the amazing ways you can contribute to humanity.
Most of the changes in our lives involve letting go. It’s normal to experience loss– the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, the loss of a friendship or a transition into a new physical place. The good news is that this cycle is a part of the human experience that only serves to make us better if we let it.
Part of letting go is embracing the grieving process. Allow yourself to full acknowledge the loss or change, feel all the feelings without guilt or shame, and then move forward.
You’ll be much more open to receiving when you accept that people and things have their proper place in different seasons of our lives.
When in doubt, my go-to motto to is a variation on the good old serenity prayer –
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, the strength to let go of that which no longer serves me, the patience to hold onto that which does and the wisdom to know the difference.”
Be (present, that is).
Sometimes in order to love ourselves properly, we just need to SIT STILL and recognize our God-given worth, just the way we are. Yes, that means when you’re not hustling, you’re worthy of love, health and happiness. Take a few minutes each day to stay in the present moment and notice your thoughts, your emotions, and your surroundings. This practice will also help you to focus when you do have to put your nose to the grind and also helps you stay present in your interpersonal interactions as well (because nobody likes talking to someone who’s texting all the time).
After all, we are human beings, not human doings.
Whew, what a marathon! This month has been an amazing journey of self-love, and I’m so grateful that you chose to come with me.
If you’re ready to kick it up a notch with your self-love and self-care, grab your FREE copy of The Busy Woman’s Guide to Avoiding Burnout!
In the meantime, I’m curious–which one of these tips resonated with you the most? Comment below and let me know.