5 Ways to Love Yourself: Body, Mind, and Soul

Back in February, Valentine’s Day had our newsfeeds covered in hearts and #relationshipgoals. When love is in the air, it’s easy to forget about loving the most important person in your life -YOU!

Now that we are stuck in our homes, we can focus on loving ourselves! Loving yourself is more than just buying yourself something nice from time to time or going to the spa. Self-love encompasses loving your entire being, body, mind, and soul. It means doing the things you need to do for yourself, even when you don’t feel like it. Here are five ways to make sure you are showing yourself the best love you have to offer:

Love Your Body
1. Diet
Loving yourself doesn’t always include the things that are easiest to do. Eating the proper diet can feel like you’re giving yourself a dose of tough love, but it’s the kind of love your body needs.

What we consume in our diets has a large impact on our physical health. Giving up donuts for apples can be hard, but your body will appreciate it. Studies have shown that diets high in processed foods and sugars lead to life-altering diseases like diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. Eating a nutritionally balanced diet with fruit, vegetables, protein and healthy fats will give your body the fuel it needs to be productive in your personal and work life. This change in your diet can lead to healthy weight loss.  It’s easy to eat mindlessly when you’re sitting around the house. Challenge yourself by giving up foods and beverages that are not good for your body.

2. Exercise
Generally, exercise is not what comes to mind when you think of loving yourself. Exercise can be challenging at times, but it’s a great way to show your body the love it deserves. Staying active for 30 minutes every day with exercises that promote heart health, flexibility, and strength promotes a high quality of life. Consistent exercise decreases your chances of diseases like hypertension, diabetes, muscle and joint pain, and obesity.