No, I’m not talking about your parents. I’m talking about the relationship you have with yourself. The most important and longest relationship we will have and yet the one we probably spend the least on is with ourselves. No more. If you lay a solid foundation with this relationship, it will carry on with the rest of the ones you have in your life.
The first thing I would tell you in this relationship it needs to have a level of RESPECT. Respect yourself, your feelings, your body, your mind, etc. Respect yourself enough to say no or to listen to that inner voice that gives you pause.
I think it’s important to have LOVE & COMPASSION for yourself. If you don’t have any for yourself than how can you have it for other people? Let go of being your worst critique and looking at your flaws instead have compassion for yourself that you’re doing the best you can. You are perfect being imperfect. Cut yourself some slack.
Just like in romantic relationships, HONESTY is key. You need to be able to look at yourself in the mirror and be 100% honest. You can’t bullshit yourself. It’s not going to work.
Another one that I think is important is TIME. Just like any relationship, you need to give yourself quality time. This time can be used for self-care, for fun for whatever you want but you need time to yourself to be present in your life.
Never go to bed to bed angry. Always go to bed with a CLEAR HEAD so that you can sleep better and not have the negative vibes looming over you the next day.
The wild world of the internets has so many sites, blogs, accounts that you can “tap” into for motivation, encouragement and education. Here’s my go-to list of sites that provide me daily inspiration.
mindbodygreen – I first found this website on Facebook. Their mission is to revitalize the way we eat, move, and live. And that’s exactly the type of content they provide. I will read articles when I’m taking a little mental break and always get new ideas to try.
Prevention Magazine – I don’t have a subscription to the magazine but I do follow them on Facebook and on Pinterest. Similar to mindbodygreen they provide tips on health, nutrition, beauty, mind-body, weight loss, and fitness. A great resource for healthy living.
Mindful.org – IS AMAZING! I feel like I’m always sharing their content on Facebook. Their content is about the art of mindfulness in your everyday life including at work. It’s a must follow for sure.
Sweatpants & Coffee – My friends turned me onto this on Facebook. They inspire you through snarkiness (new word I made up) and I love that! The Instagram account is on point and pretty much anything that has coffee as a main subject is awesome in my book.
Simple Reminders – Just like the name of this site, the book and social media accounts provide you daily reminders that will motivate you to be a positive and joyful. You’ll want to share every Facebook & Instagram post with your friends. I have been following the site on Facebook for years.