February is the month of loooove, and I’m all about sharing as much love as possible.
But giving love abundantly is only possible when you’re giving from a place of abundance.
That is– you can’t pour from an empty cup.
This month I’m bringing to you a special series all about self-care, so you can keep your love cup full to the brim.
Because the truth is, burnout is real.
(if you need a few quick tips to avoid burnout, grab this handy little guide).
As a busy professional, entrepreneurial woman, you are over-worked and over-stressed. If you’re not paying attention to self-care, burnout will eventually wreak havoc on your health, wealth and relationships.
Each week in February, I’ll be sharing 5 insanely easy things you can do to love yourself so you can banish burnout and make an impact at your best.
20 Insanely Easy Ways to Love Yourself (and kick burnout to the curb), Part 1
As the saying goes, you gotta nourish to flourish.
I’ll be honest, I didn’t always have the best relationship with food. Don’t get me wrong, I always liked food (and still do). But somehow it always felt like eating would cost me something.
Either I would have to “pay back” my calorie debt by restricting or over-exercising, or I would sit in the shame of giving in to a stress-induced emotional binge.
Thankfully, through a series of personal breakthroughs, I have shifted my mindset to be grateful for both my body and the opportunity I have to eat mindfully and fuel it with nourishing, delicious food.
I definitely enjoy a treat now and then (cashew ice cream anyone?), But now food is not the enemy. And stuffing my face with all the delicious things isn’t a knee-jerk reaction to being stressed out.
Food is fuel that helps your body feel strong, capable and energized. So love on your body and grab a healthy bite!
Many women come to me discouraged because they just can’t be consistent with their exercise routine. They are either they are too tired, too overwhelmed or they just plain hate it.
My answer? They haven’t found “the one” yet.
Here’s the deal, our bodies were DESIGNED to move.
That means every single person was created with the potential to be and enjoy being in motion i.e. exercise in some form or another.
I’m a firm believer that you shouldn’t have to do exercise that you hate. Everyone can find something that gets their heart pumping in a way that lights them up and takes the edge off their stress.
Whether it’s Zumba, Olympic weightlifting, pilates, yoga, nature walks, swimming, gardening, or chasing down your kids, I guarantee you, there is something for you.
And once you find your workout soulmate, it will be that much easier to stick with it.
Exercise is good for the body, mind AND spirit, so love yourself and honour the way your body can move by finding your workout soulmate.
Pause & Connect
In the fast-paced age of Instagram double taps, Netflix and chill, and Amazon one-click shipping, it’s difficult to remember what it’s like to pause and just bask in meaningful connection with people (yes, in real life).
For the past 5+ years, I have made a living by texting, tweeting and hashtagging my heart out.
And guess what? It gets pretty lonely.
Each day I make a concerted effort to be screen-free, either by turning my phone off or just leaving it at home entirely.
(full disclosure: leaving my phone at home has yet to happen on purpose.)
Today, challenge yourself to pause and embrace the naturally slow pace of face to face connection.
You’ll find that a meaningful one-on-one is far more affirming and gratifying than those 100+ likes on your selfie.
While you’re spending time with all those people you love, don’t forget to spend time with you.
Sitting with your own emotions and processing them alone is a valuable gift.
As a proud introvert, seeking alone time comes naturally to me.
But with a busy schedule, I still find that I need to be intentional about carving out pockets of solitude for myself so I can re-energize, hear my own thoughts and work through them.
Aside from this daily practice, one of my secret weapons for fending off burnout is to take a full day of complete solitude each year to reflect, cast a vision for my life and reconnect spiritually.
Sometimes loving yourself means simply being by yourself!
I once heard a quote about forgiveness that I’ll never forget.
“Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die”.
If that’s not some truth, I don’t know what is.
There’s a reason why the Bible says “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us” and “forgive seventy times seven times”.
Yes, it is because forgiving someone is a kind thing to do.
But the deeper implication here is that when you don’t forgive, you’re also doing yourself a disservice.
When you hold a grudge, you bog down your mind, block your creativity, skyrocket your stress levels and disrupt your own wellbeing.
Is there something you need to release through the act of forgiveness?
Letting go will create emotional space for you to give and receive more love, joy, peace and abundance.
I’ll be back next week with 5 more insanely easy ways to love yourself in 2018!
In the meantime, I’m curious–does this resonate with you? Comment below and let me know.
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