Valentine's Day may have come and gone but that doesn't mean that the love has to stop! Whatever your relationship status, its important to make sure that you feel loved and appreciated, not just by others, but by yourself! Dedicate this month and every month to falling in love; falling head over heels, in love with yourself.
You Are Your Perfect Match
I'm fat. I'm not good enough. I'm a loser who can't do anything right. Sound familiar? These harsh statements can constantly flood our mindset. Being our own worst enemy is a painful reality. Psychologist Dr. Robert Firestone describes in PsychAlive that this is the "anti-self," which is a part of us "that is self-hating, self-denying, paranoid and suspicious," driven by our "critical inner voice."
The following list can help you overpower skepticism of your fabulous self by not only being kind to yourself but learning to love who you truly are.
Find Your Inner Soul Mate
You're not perfect, so free yourself from chains that lock you into negative self-thinking. Lighten the weight on your shoulder by accepting imperfections, embracing self-proclaimed "shortcomings" and breaking away from high standards. You're human. Give yourself and your flaws a break.
You're not too old for coloring! Grab construction paper, scissors, glue and other artsy materials, then write affirmations to yourself. Throw them in a box or mason jar to open throughout the year when you need a little pick-me-up!
Rather than hit the gym or fast for a day as punishment for a savory meal or dessert, exercise and eat some greens to treat your body well. Workouts and nutritious foods don't have to be necessary evils to lose weight or look better. See them as nourishment for feeling your best.
Learning something new helps you grow as an individual, gain a sense of curiosity, expand your capabilities and perhaps benefit from the highs of experiencing a new hobby. For gals who love glam, learning a new skill can even turn a passion for beauty into a career in cosmetology. Start with a great foundation by heading to the Lash Affair Academy™ to obtain Classic and Volume Lash Certifications.
It's simple. Raise the two corners of your mouth and SHINE. Smiling brings happiness to your brain, according to NeuroNation. It activates the release of feel-good chemicals dopamine, endorphins and serotonin. Even if you have to fake it or grin at your reflection in the mirror, smile more for a burst of happiness and a brightened perspective.
Romance yourself with a makeover! Get new eyelash extensions, and go on a well-deserved shopping spree for new makeup like Lash Affair’s collection of eyelash safe makeup to make your eyes sparkle like heart emojis.
Sweeping yourself off your feet is just as much about gaining self-affection and compassion as it is about letting go. Break up with criticism, judgment, fears, and regrets that you have been holding against yourself. It won't be easy and it'll take constant work, but that's how even the most loving and successful relationships last for the long-term.
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