3 Ways to Love Yourself More

Loving your life starts with loving and accepting everything that is you. Accept your imperfections. Be loyal to your joys. Be patient with yourself during times of self growth.

Loving your life starts by loving the world within yourself.

The inner story you tell yourself on a daily basis reflects in the outer world. Keep your inner self, your inner world healthy.

Hold higher standards for yourself

Set higher standards for yourself. If you think you deserve this, how about believing you deserve something even better?

Don’t fall in the trap of settling for less. Of thinking that you’ll never have what you dream of. Of thinking why bother?

Every single moment you have the power to create the life you dream of. Even though some things are out of your control, so much of your reality depends on your choices.

Let your choices reflect the best things you desire for yourself. Every time you choose your dreams, you’re going to meet some type of resistance: excuses, low self-esteem, the thought it’s impossible, criticism, or impatience.

You’re worthy of your grandest dreams. And your grandest dreams need your faith, loyalty, and patience.

Take care of yourself

Take better care of yourself. Prioritize your body, mental, and emotional health.

Take the steps that lead you back to health. When you feel really stressed take a break. When you feel overwhelmed, simplify your to-do list.

Become aware of your body. Have you been sitting or lying down for too long? Are you feeling stressed? Are you repressing your emotions?

Stand up. Stretch. Breathe in. Breath out.

Be compassionate with yourself

Train your mind to notice even your smallest accomplishments. Train yourself to be loving and compassionate to yourself.

Fill yourself up with encouraging thoughts like I did my best today and leave the day at that. Stop the overthinking about how your day could have gone better.

When things don’t look bright on the outside or in the inside, be fully there for yourself.

If you feel frustrated, feel frustrated. Feel lazy. Feel worried. These emotions indicate your next step.

  • Let your frustrations out of your system. Write down your frustrations or share them with someone.
  • Let yourself have a lazy day. Enjoy a day off: the dirty dishes, the laundry can wait.
  • Explore your worry. As you do, come up with possible solutions and accept what you can’t change.

Do you tell yourself that you deserve better or do you settle for less? Do you take care of your mental, emotional and physical health? Are you the first to be there for yourself during your lows?

15 ways to refresh your mind, body, & soul

Every now and then, you get signs to refresh your inner & outer sparkle ✨ . You feel like you need a break, a self-care day. You feel drained or in need of some alone time.

If you’re currently in need of refreshing your mind, body, & soul, here are 15 ideas to help you regain your sparkle ✨.

  1. Read a book for the soul.
  2. Take a break.
  3. Gift yourself nature time.
  4. Have a heart-to-heart conversation.
  5. Sleep in. Rest.
  6. Do nothing.
  7. Journal. Reflect on your life through writing.
  8. Be gentle with yourself. Let go of the inner critic.
  9. Find nourishment in your connection to God.
  10. Go on an adventure 🗺️. Do something you’ve never done before.
  11. Listen to music that inspires & uplifts you.
  12. Be honest with yourself. Listen to your intuition, to your inner wisdom.
  13. Make time for quiet and solitude.
  14. Create new visions, goals, and dreams for yourself.
  15. Let go of all of the things that are not working in your life.

Please let me know, what helps you regain your sparkle ✨? Have you tried any of the strategies above?

Stop causing your own stress. Seriously. Stop.

Self-caused stress is the leading cause of tense shoulders and trouble falling asleep. This is true for me. Are you causing your own stress, too?

I had a major realization the week before I visited my family in Oklahoma this last week of November. If I was stressed before I left for a week of vacation, it was because I was causing my own darn stress.

You’re probably thinking: well, life IS supposed to be stressful. *Cue in the sound effect of a wrong-answer buzzer*. No, life doesn’t have to be stressful all of the time

In reflection, I realized that there are strategies I can use to be less stressed.

If you ever find yourself in the same patterns of behavior that bring unnecessary stress, below are 3 strategies you can use to find a sense of peace 🕊️ and calm as you tackle your day-to-day, to-do lists.

1. give yourself enough time to do what’s important

In other words, stop putting things off till the end. Become diligent and disciplined when it comes to doing what’s important. 

Notice that I wrote “what’s important” not “every single thing on your to-do list”.

If you’re anything like me, some of the things on your to-do list never get checked off anyway. Hence, only the important things ever get done.

2. strive to do your best, not your most perfect

Don’t get hung up on striving to do your most perfect. There will always be a reason to say that things didn’t come out perfect. Because there will always be a better perfect.

Strive to do your best by giving it your all and by being satisfied at the end of the day with your best effort. Give yourself credit for all of things you accomplished today!

#3. You don’t have do ANYTHING to be productive

You don’t have to do a single thing in order to be productive. Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is take a break because your mind, body, & spirit need breaks to help refresh you.

When you hit the pause button ⏸️, you find strength, inspiration, and lightness that helps keep you at your most productive.

There will always be a new problem to tackle or something to complain about. Just make sure that you’re not causing yourself unnecessary stress.