Taking a riff on Kym’s Love Week, today I’m talking on the blog I’m sharing some things we can do to show ourselves some love. Since it’s Thursday, there are three of them.
- Move your body. This is not something I would have put on a list a year ago. It’s probably not even something I would have put on a list 6 months ago. But, and I know I owe you the full story on this and it’s coming I promise, I am now someone who(finally!) sees the benefit of moving my body every day. The secret, for me and maybe even for some of you, is not calling it exercise because I have lots of blocks that immediately come up when I think about that word. By focusing on moving my body I can do things like yoga or stretching or strength training. I can get up and go for a walk around the library in the middle of the day. I can take a walk outside (but only when weather conditions are perfect) at lunch time or after work or on a weekend. I just feel so much better when I take care of myself this way.
- Complete a nagging task. Sure, cleaning out a drawer or a closet or the basement is a pain in the ass. And sure, it’s something that’s easy to ignore. But! When you take the time to do it, and it usually takes less time than you think it will, you will feel so much better about getting it done. You might even feel like a weight has been lifted. Or maybe that’s just from the bags of stuff you got rid of. In any case, if you’ve got a thing you’ve been avoiding doing I’m here to suggest that doing that crappy thing is a form of showing yourself some love.
- Indulge in a hobby without guilt. Do you want to sit on the couch all day and read? Play Animal Crossings until Tom Nook makes you nuts? Sew or knit or crochet? Whatever it is, give yourself all the time to just do it. Don’t stop to switch the laundry or make a to do list or run an errand. Pamper yourself with a guilty pleasure for an unlimited amount of time. It will be extra easy if you’ve already done numbers one and two from this list, I swear.
So those are my ideas for showing some self-love. Bonus points for the fact that they can all be done during a pandemic!
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