"Love yourself first, because that's who you'll be spending the rest of your life with."
This is the month we all focus, a little more than usual, on LOVE. Of course we think about the love for our family, friends, and partners... but what about ourselves? How often do we actually do that?
Letting Go of Negativity and Judgement
The critical voices in our heads tend to work overtime and oddly try to motivate us into changing who we really are, our body type, patterns and choices. Judgement, blame and guilt will not bring you to that perfect body, good health, or a positive mindset. This is why "diets" fail- because how can we change what we don't like or love to start with? The "what is wrong with me" keeps playing in our heads.
To start with, first lets accept who and what we are. This includes accepting our present situation, our habits, our health, our weight, and lifestyle. From there, we can then take the step to accept the fact that things can change. We can drop what no longer serves us and begin to make a list of what can.
Understanding that acceptance is the first step of becoming aware, and having a choice. When the negative talk can stop, then a positive change can happen.
Let's Take a Look at What is Really Going On- With No Judgement.
Are you eating healthfully?
Are you making it a priority to take care of yourself?
Are addictive foods (sugar, processed foods, etc.) controlling your eating patterns?
Are you nourishing your body and soul?
Maybe now is the time to write down some wishes that serve you with no guilt or judgment. Be specific, because the more detailed you are, the more likely you will be to make that a reality.
Loving Yourself Into Health
Self love, respect, and compassion can bring about health benefits that you may have not realized.
Some of these benefits include:
- Reaching your goals
- Making you happier
- Helping with mental issues
- Balancing out stress
- Lifting your self esteem
All of this has an affect on your health and total self care. So lets stay positive, accept ourselves, then move into a direction of purpose, gratitude, and LOVE.
In health, love and happiness,
Lisa Fallon Mindel CHHP, AADP