February is love !
It’s officially the second month of the year and February is the month of love. But where did January go? How was January for you?
For me, it seems like it’s already been 6 months into the year, sheesh! January is always a bit tough for everyone mentally with the grey skies and the weather is much colder so it keeps us in the house more than we would like. Now that February is here (and will fly just like the rest of the months) we should be transitioning into warmer weather soon (hopefully).
This month, I want to focus on love, self-love, the love you have with the most important person in your life, you. Self-love is taking care of yourself — mind, body and soul. So step back a bit and just breathe. A little mindfulness/wellness routine will help.Self love and self care go far beyond massages and bubble baths, although those are necessary and absolutely part of my weekly/monthly self care practices. Click To Tweet
Another thing I do for my mindfulness practice is meditation. There is an awesome app called Insight Timer that I like to use when I wake up in the morning. They have quick 10, 15, 30min meditations for everything from anxiety to helping you wake up refreshed, ready to start the day.
I try to stay in a state of meditation all throughout my day, always being aware of how I’m feeling and how I’m projecting my energy out into the world and onto other people.
If you’re a newbie to meditation, there might be some things that you’d find a bit woo-woo, and may feel some resistance but I promise, once you get the hang of it, you will see and feel the benefits. You don’t need to sit like Buddha for 2 hours a day, all it takes is becoming a bit more mindful of our thoughts, feelings and actions (or reactions).
Meditation is de-cluttering your mind. It’s like digging deep into what’s keeping you from moving forward in your life and putting aside the things that don’t work. If you are not in the habit of meditating, this can sometimes make you feel overwhelmed because this is a new territory for you, but it’s a good place to be.
So, keep an open mind to try new things and start to practice meditation. Set aside a time for this, 10-20 minutes a day is enough. You are not really losing 20 minutes of your day, but you are actually investing 20minutes of your time to creating success in your life.
After meditation, you will feel a different sense of peace or calm, become more focused, and more aware of what you’re feeling.
It takes practice to be able to meditate without your mind wandering or dozing off, but doing it daily opens your mind to more creativity.
Aside from meditation, I also do yoga as a part of my mindfulness practices. I have written about my yoga journey in a previous blog post. Check it out here .
Take care of your mind, body and soul. The world will be a better place if we all go inward and do the work.
Other Self Care Practices:
- Warm some oil and give yourself a foot massage
- Buy a pretty journal and begin to write down your thoughts and feelings
- Plan a weekend getaway by yourself or with a friend/lover
- Sit with plants. They are alive and have a soothing vibration. Water them, talk to them, learn how to keep them growing and thriving.
Have you ever given yourself a facial massage?
This is great for normal/dry skin types! Get yourself a quality oil, rub into your hands and apply to a clean face. Use upward circular movements and massage for a few minutes. If your skin is dry/dehydrated, you can leave the oil on all day or night. (This is not for acne prone skin)
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Love on yourself a little extra today!