Do you know the importance of self-love? While it may be easy to love others, we often neglect ourselves and are our own worst critics. However, we must remember that in order to efficiently care for others, we must remember to give that same love back to ourselves. No matter what day of the year it is, you can use a much-needed reminder to bask in some self-love. In honor of the new year, Sharita Jennings, trainer and blogger at GetFitLikeThat.com, has 14 healthy ways to love yourself all year long.
1. Write Self-Love Notes.
Love notes aren’t just for your special someone. Self-love through affirmations and positive thinking can actually be good for overall health and mental performance. According to psychologist, Carmen Harra, “much like exercise, [affirmations] raise the level of feel-good hormones.” You can practice this by listing out the things you love about yourself in a letter or card. Read it and add to it often!
2. Massage Away the Stress.
Stressing out and living a mostly sedentary lifestyle can cause you to carry extra tension in your muscles. A deep tissue massage can release tension and help you get moving with less pain!
3. Find Love Outdoors.
Your very own city could be home to a beautiful national park or other hidden neighborhood treasures. Check out FindYourPark.com to find a new trail right around the corner.
4. Try a New Workout.
This year, you may fall head over heels (hopefully not literally) for a brand new workout. Switching up your sweat sessions can keep you from plateauing and help you reach your very own body goals.
5. Get Dressed Up… For The Gym.
Whether or not you have a boo this year, you can find a reason to spoil yourself with new clothes. According to Women’s Health, new workout clothes can actually motivate you to work out! So splurge a little to look your best for your next date with the treadmill.
6. Plan A Family Fitness Day.
Being active doesn’t have to be a single’s event. You can plan an active day with your family or friends. Think back to grade school with field days where teams competed in 3 legged races and potato sacks. Or maybe a game of basketball or football is more your speed! Just get moving and bring others along.
7. Unleash Your Inner Beyonce or Bobby Brown.
Dancing may not be at the top of your to-do list, but letting lose in a dance class or at the club can