So many of us have spent our entire lives, until now that is, spending all of our time caring for others. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! We cannot possibly care for others to our highest capacity without first loving ourselves.
What does loving ourselves mean anyway?
It can mean many things. It can be taking time to pamper ourselves, doing something we enjoy, saying no to something that doesn’t resonate with us, anything that involves caring for ourselves. The key word in this past sentence is TIME. Time is what I hear is the largest obstacle to loving ourselves. What I’m hearing, however, is that loving ourselves is not a priority. We make time for things that are important such as taking care of our families, work, education and gobs of other high priority things.
So why is loving ourselves not a priority? Can you imagine how loving yourself would positively impact your relationships, your productivity, your health and wellness, your love towards your family, your career and anything else you take on? You really will never know until you take that leap, commit to love yourself, and make time. I always hear there isn’t enough time. I get it, we are all busy running here and there. My problem with this statement is this. If we can make time for one thing because it’s important, why can’t we make time for another thing that is just as or more important?
I ask you to take 5 minutes, just 5 minutes, to love yourself this week. You can meditate for 5 minutes, take a refreshing scenic walk for 5 minutes, take a relaxing bath for 5 minutes, read an intriguing book for 5 minutes, release your stress by writing in a journal for 5 minutes; you get my point.
I know first-hand, not loving yourself can possibly lead to stress, worry, fatigue, a need for isolation, and other unwanted effects. Your body and mind need you to take care of it just as you would take care of your closest family and friends. You never know, after you take on this 5 minute challenge, you may want to love yourself more often and for more than 5 minutes.
I welcome your comments, progress updates, and more ideas of how to love yourself on my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/jendiehl1111 or on my blog at https://happinessawakening.com/blog.