Plans For Self Love in 2018 #SelfLoveChallenge
Many times, we get caught up in day to day activity and the hustle and bustle of this thing called life, that we forget to appreciate the little things. We get busy, we get tired, we put on a smile and go, go, go. We get stressed out making sure the kids are okay, Bae is okay, mom and dad are okay, but are you okay?
For 2018, let’s start a challenge much like those that are going around social media, but with a bit of a positive spin. Here are some ways to make sure you are putting loving yourself first in 2018.
Take some time out for you.
Really bond with yourself. What do you like about (your name here)? What are some things you can improve on? What is something you didn’t know about yourself that 2017 taught you? For example, 2017 taught me: I have no patience. At night, when I mentally recap my day, I found that I was stressing a lot over things not being done in the time frame I wanted it to be.
The more you know about yourself, the easier it will be to love someone else.
Of course it is cliche, but the fact remains the same. If you know what your likes and dislikes are, it will be easier to relay that to your significant other. On the other hand, if you wait until you and bae have moved in together to learn that you don’t like snoring–you might have a problem on your hands. Of course, it is okay not to like everything about yourself but you should love that it makes you, you. This way, you take ownership of your flaws and can accept someone else’s as well.
Try healthy living.
I’m not encouraging you to go vegan or try some weird Chinese diet. However, if you eat better, you look and feel better too! Drink more water, find skin regimens that work for you and even squeeze some exercise in your schedule. Most of the things I found I disliked about myself, I had the power to change. Make sure you are making the change for yourself and not someone else.
Cut out toxic people and behaviors.
Of course everyone does the clean-house, New Year’s resolution, but actually mean yours. If someone isn’t good for you and you don’t know why you still even pick up the phone when they call; stop answering. Cut out the gossiper, the naysayers, and even the fake friends from your circle. Make sure you keep only the positive vibes close by. In return, you must do yourself a favor, and stop your own bad habits. Cease the negative thinking, speaking and behaving, this way you attract the people that are alike in attitude and demeanor.
Vacation/ Take Breaks.
It is important to take a break! You get in the habit of sleep, school, work, or whatever your daily schedule may consist of and you neglect to appreciate the little things; nature, music, art, etc. It is important to take some “me-time” to relax and regroup. This will allow you to either clear or collect your thoughts and place your mental health in the green. Take a weekend trip or even just go to your local spa or art gallery, in order to make some time for yourself. This break is one of those things you don’t HAVE to do alone but make sure you are with peaceful people who’s wave matches yours. Take a girl’s trip with your faves or take a “bae-cation” even but if your friends or boo are the ones who are stressing you out then you may need to reconsider. Make sure you are in a good head space before returning to work, school, or a busy schedule.
The whole new year, new me thought seems overrated. But it is important to keep in mind that life is short. Make the best out of everyday and live life to the fullest.