Be Your Own Valentine: The Health Benefits of Good Self-Esteem
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Happy Valentine’s Day SparkPeople
Today I came across this article about self love and felt it was truly on target for today but more so a major key to successful weight loss. Loving yourself enough to work on good eating habits, working out and most importantly forgiving yourself when you slip. When you’re not perfect is NOT the end of the journey just a small bump on the road. We would never give up on a friend for not being perfect why can’t we show the same compassion for ourselves?
I hope that you find this article helpful as I did and have a wonderful valentine’s day! – Be Fierce! ;)
Michelle King Robson, Founder, Chairperson and CEO of EmpowHER, one of the fastest growing social health companies dedicated exclusively to women’s health and wellness, offers the following tips for increasing your own self-love:
1. Find your inner beauty
Easier said than done? Definitely. But if the old adage “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is true, what message are we sending ourselves when we fill our own heads with criticism? Instead of picking at everything you think is wrong with you, work to actively locate the beauty inside yourself and celebrate it.
2. Write it on the mirror
To help with my internal transformation, my daughter took my lipstick and wrote “I am beautiful” on my bathroom mirror where I had to see it every morning. We cleaned around the words for a year until I finally got it through my head. So take your brightest lipstick and write the words you need to see on your mirror or on a note on the refrigerator door or a sticky note in the middle of your steering wheel. Wherever you put your message, be sure you read it every day – and leave it there until you believe it.
3. Give yourself a break
We all do or say things we wish we could take back. Then we fall into the inner dialogue of thinking, “Why did I say that?” or, “Why didn’t I do better?” These thoughts are so automatic we don’t even realize how much we put ourselves down. Instead of letting mistakes loop in your head, give yourself permission to let them go and move on.
4. Pay attention
As women, we often find it easier to give compliments than to receive them. Don’t brush aside affirming words. Whether it’s a kind act or a thoughtful word, give yourself a moment to really think about what others appreciate or admire in you. Those things are real, and they deserve your personal attention. For me, compliments from other women are more meaningful than those from men. So don’t be stingy in paying compliments to others. I believe whatever you give out will come back to you ten-fold in personal satisfaction.
Even if you still don’t see your inner beauty, lock eyes with someone and give her a big smile. You’ll see her light up as your inner beauty shines through. Better yet, that light will reflect back onto you, and you’ll both feel better about yourselves.
Loving yourself should be the norm, says Ms. Robson. Each of us needs to be happy in our own skin. Take the time this Valentine’s Day to focus on yourself as your primary true love.
The full article is at: http://www.emaxhealth.com/1506