February can be such a fun month! With Valentine’s day (and of course, Galentine’s day!) there’s a lot of love going around.
However, as a busy mom, personal trainer, and wife sometimes one person can get neglected and not just around Valentine’s day!
I’m talking about you, mama! So often we are worrying about others whether it’s our kids, family members, friends, that we forget to show ourselves the time and love we need!
I promise that showing yourself some love is NOT selfish. Taking care of your body, mind, and spirit is so critical not only for your health and happiness but so you can love and take care of others!
So for all you lovely hard working ladies (and dudes!) out there, here are some ways to show yourself some self love!
4 Ways to Show Yourself Self Love
1. Find a quiet corner and meditate.
This may sound a little cheesy I know, but I promise that finding a quiet spot to just relax will do wonders!
Now and then when I’m feeling extra stressed or strained, I like to sneak away for a bit (usually when the kids are napping) and find a cozy spot and meditate. Sometimes I repeat a mantra, sometimes I just focus on my breathing. I always feel more relaxed after!
Here’s a great example from Alison Wu!
Let’s talk about meditation for a minute. ✨??♀️?? After years of meditating a few times a week or whenever I felt like I needed it, I decided as part of my intentions for 2018 to commit to a daily meditation practice. Starting at 10 minutes on the 1st of the month, I’m now up to 15 minutes a day. It’s really quite incredible how much difference I notice in my mood and energy after only a couple weeks. It’s also helping tremendously with one of my other intentions for 2018; I’m better able to approach conversations, confrontations and uncomfortable situations with patience, respect and love without feeling as reactionary and defensive. ? #WuHaus Here are my top 5 tips for starting your own meditation practice: • Start small. Even 5 minutes a day can make a difference. • Make sure your comfortable. Don’t be so focused on having to sit crossed legged with a perfectly straight spine. If you don’t think that’s the best position for your body to sustain your practice, try something different. • Focus on your breath. I’ve been using present moment mantras that correspond to my breath in my practice this week. Try: Inhale, Here. Exhale, Now; Inhale, Nothing to do, Exhale, Nowhere to go; Inhale, I am here, Exhale, I am this moment. • Notice when thoughts pop into your head or when your mind starts to wander. Don’t judge or get frustrated with yourself. Instead return to following your breath and repeating your mantra. • Meditate at the same time everyday. Morning is usually best (I meditate at 8:30am). Create a quiet, comfortable and peaceful space in your home that you can practice everyday. Try meditating with a crystal in your hand.
2. Get Active
Want to try that workout class? Go do it! Maybe you’ve been thinking of finally trying that yoga or spin class, but never took the time to actually go try it. Do yourself a favor and go do it!
Many gyms or studios give you a free class or trial period so it most likely will be inexpensive or even free! And who knows, you might just discover your new favorite activity!
3. Make yourself a healthy treat.
Sometimes you really just need a treat!
Sure, you could just make yourself a plate of brownies, but if you think about it all that sugar isn’t doing you any good.
The solution? Make it a healthier treat! I’m all about making healthified treats to satisfy a sweet tooth and to help me feel like I’m NOT being deprived of the things I love.
Here is one of my favorite “nice cream” recipes to enjoy!
Peanut Butter Cheesecake Nice Cream
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1/4 c natural peanut butter
- 4 oz Greek yogurt cream cheese
- 1 scoop Vanilla IdealRaw Organic Protein
- ¼ c unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tbsp. honey
- Blend together all the ingredients until smooth. Pour into a container and freeze for 2 hours. Allow thawing for about 15 minutes before scooping. Enjoy!
4. Plan a getaway!
One of my favorite ways to show myself some extra self love? Plan a getaway!
It doesn’t have to be expensive or glamorous, it might just be as simple as a date night away from the kids with my hubby!
Getaways, big or small, help get you through rough days at work or with the kids. It’s always fun to have something to look forward too!
So plan a little something for yourself and put it on the calendar and let the countdown begin!
Wrapping It Up
I really hope you’ll take the time to show yourself some extra love this month! Whether you’re a parent or not, you are worth the time and effort!
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