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The Art of Self-Love

I’m sure you’ve heard it a million times, “If you don’t love yourself, how can you love someone else?”

Studies have found that self-love is the key to physical, emotional & mental well being. It is centered around taking care of yourself daily by eating well, exercising and getting enough sleep. Easier said than done, right? Wrong! There are so many benefits to prioritizing your health and well-being!

Maybe it is time to look around and determine what brings you joy and what doesn’t. Sometimes it is hard to put your foot down and say no to what no longer serves you. Set boundaries to create healthy relationships. Don’t people please or tolerate abuse from others. Don’t neglect your needs or make self sabotaging decisions that are not in your best interest.

Self-care is often confused with selfishness. But self-care is actually about honoring your needs for your overall well-being. When you take the time to nurture your body, mind and soul you can better care for others and are better equipped to handle the curveballs that life throws at you.

Having a strong relationship with yourself is the key to self-love. It comes from within, not an outside source. So have a love affair with YOU! Do something special for yourself every day. Schedule an appointment on your calendar exclusively to rejuvenate: to read a book, take a bubble bath, go on a hike or to a yoga class, learn a new hobby, be creative, finish that project you started last year, whatever will make your heart dance, refuel your spirit, melt away your stress and/or give you a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.

Here are some last thoughts to consider: Be kind to yourself. Stop comparing yourself to others. Forgive yourself. Trust your instincts. Be open to new opportunities. Create a list of positive affirmations and repeat out loud every day. Pursue your goals and be proud of who you are.

Written by Monique deGroot

Monique deGroot is the owner of Murrieta Day Spa in Murrieta. She can be reached at (951) 677-8111.

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