We all go through low periods in our life and it is important that we listen to our bodies and show ourselves some love.
How do you practice self-love? Here is how I personally practice love during times like these and even on daily basis. Mine mostly stems from being exhausted from doing too much and forgetting that I need to take care of myself in order to take care of everyone and everything else including work.
So here are some tips and tricks that have helped me over the years that are a part of my life now.
1) Take time for yourself, slow down and breathe
Sometimes I put my hand on my heart and breathe in and out slowly to remind myself I am human and it’s OK to feel tired and burnt out, as long as I am aware that I can slow down even during yoga and go easy on myself as opposed to pushing and challenging myself too much. It’s ok to slow down to refocus and get back on the wagon. I practice some breathing techniques and yoga first thing in the morning so it sets my tone for the day. It’s important to remember it doesn’t always have to be a perfect day but at least set the intention. Alternative nostril breathing is what I practice before my yoga practice. Start by placing your right thumb on right nostril and inhale through your left nostril and release your thumb and press your index finger on your left nostril and exhale through your right nostril. Do this cycle about 10 times before repeating on the other side. It is great for cleansing and concentrating prior to a yoga practice.
2) Choose to be happy!
WE always think we need something or someone to make us happy! But that is not the case. We create our own happiness. I realised that I had to stop feeling guilty and being too hard on myself and always look at the glass as full instead of empty. Changing perspective slowly really helps and take ownership of your happiness.
3) Nourish and energize your body
I definitely try and eat healthy 80% of the time. Even when i feel down and all I want is a chocolate bar, I do consciously try and reach for a salad/ healthy meal instead because it does provide necessary nutrients in order to function normally.
I exercise regularly too. I make a conscious effort to do some light weights besides yoga to take care of myself to feel stronger, fitter and healthier mentally and physically. Supplements are also a part of my life. I take astaxanthin as part of my daily diet and nutrition. Astaxanthin is great for immune health, joint health, skin health, inflammation and even fatigue. It is an antioxidant and helps with strength.
4) Keep a balance work and family life.
This is something that I consciously practice. Learn to say no for yourself and know it’s okay to do so. Listen to your body, mind and soul and be more aware of how achieving a balance work family life affects your behavior. Do something that truly matters to you. I love doing what I do both in the beauty and lifestyle/wellness industry and I truly love helping and serving others with my talent.
5) Surround yourself with good people in your life.
Having people that appreciate you, are good influence, respect you and vice versa really does help with the overall feeling of well-being. Have worthwhile relationships that are meaningful in your life and get rid of toxic people and habits. Be content!
This is how I practice self-love for myself. I hope these tips have given you an insight to how you can overcome some of the difficulties and stress you face daily. Take charge of your life and make some changes today to help you live more comfortably to achieve a peace of mind.
About the author:
Mona Gill is a busy mum and an entrepreneur. On top of that, she’s a yoga instructor and skincare expert. Mona is Astavita’s beauty and wellness ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her busy lifestyle and still maintain clear complexion thanks to Astavita Healthy Living Antioxidants and Astarism. Mona extols holistic wellness, keeping a healthy lifestyle and beauty from inside out. You may follow her on Instagram: mkglife / yogamonadollsup