For many, the purpose of Valentine's day is to love other people and be loved by someone. How about starting this year to love ourself first? Even if V-Day has been commercialized, let's not turn down any opportunity to celebrate love. ♥
Sometimes we can be quite hard on ourselves during our fitness and health journey. However, we need to remember how lucky we are to be alive and kicking. Let's embrace who we are, what we have and be thankful for our healthy body.
Single or in a relationship, we must practice self-love and embrace our body on Valentine's Day.
Say it out loud: "Happy Valentine's Day to myself. I love you." The purpose is simple. Use this day to embrace your whole self and don't let others dictate how you feel about your body.
On this day and every day, here some ways to love and embrace your body.
1. Boost Your Endorphins
Celebrate this Valentine's Day by being active and breaking a sweat. It will pump up your endorphin levels which will make you feel strong, happy and positive all day. And of course it goes along with drinking a lot of water, eating healthy and getting plenty of sleep. Adopting a healthy lifestyle will sustain happiness throughout your life.
How? Why not taking a new class such as core strengthening at Core Evolution or a cycling class. There are so many amazing studios out there. They push your limits and make fitness enjoyable in ways that you might have not explored yet. Or why not hiring a personal trainer for an hour. Ask him/her to give you a cool session of new things that you have never done in the gym.
2. Indulge Yourself
Get beautified, you are so worth it. Close your eyes and receive an incredible facial, deep tissue or relaxation full body massage or a simple foot massage. Enjoy a nice hot tub session and relax your body to recover from the fast pace of your daily life. Low budget required? Put on a facial mask treatment at home and spray your bedroom or living room with essential oil aromatherapy. Transform your home into a soothing and welcoming place to relax and embrace who you are. Order takeout from your favorite restaurant. Sweets, chocolate especially, is the most rewarding present for oneself. Get the sugary hearts and savor them. At each bite, think of something that you enjoy. After that? get outdoors and breather some fresh air.
Take a few minutes during your day to reflect on your life and meditate. Choose a positive thought or a mantra that will make your body and mind feel relaxed and thankful. Being Zen helps you to open your mind to positivity. Write to yourself a poem or a simple card. Make yourself feel precious and beautiful with words that are meaningful to you. Embrace who you are and even try to be silly. This can be quite a fun experience. If you want to stretch your limits, have someone read it and even suggest to read theirs.
4. Accept yourself: the "You" that You Are Today
Self compassion brings a healthy sense of acceptance. Being grateful for our body helps us accomplish our goals. Avoid beating yourself up and jump into the things that you want to work on. Own who you are. Your hair. Your personality. Your laugh. Your social skills. Embrace yourself. Fall in love again with what makes you who you are. The pioneer of self-compassion described self-compassion in her research:
“Self-compassion involves treating yourself with the same kindness, concern, and support you’d show to a good friend. When faced with difficult life struggles, or confronting personal mistakes, failures, and inadequacies, self-compassion responds with kindness rather than harsh self-judgment, recognizing that imperfection is part of the shared human experience.” (Neff & Dahm, 2015)
5. Set Your Limits
Start valuing your time. Prioritize your own wellness. By adding parameters you will most definitely be more valuable to the people that you want to support and love in return. It takes courage to say "no", but remember that it is an act of self love. Take the time on Valentine's Day to write down your own values, what matters most to you and if you are interested in the topic, read the book Boundaries.
6. Dress up to feel amazing
We all love to look the part. Feel sexy and beautiful or handsome. On this day, in dedicating to loving your body and embracing it, I'd totally suggest to dress up in something that makes you feel amazing. From sportswear to beautiful cocktail attire, dress your body up in what boosts your confidence and makes you feel fabulous.
7. Work on Growing Your Mind
Happy people who can successfully lead their lives are informed. They learn every day through reading books and news, listening to podcasts and watching documentaries. A healthy and growing mind in a healthy body allows you to be more creative and feel stronger in your decisions.
8. Do Things that Make You Happy
"How can I do more things that make me more happy?" Write a list of what makes you happy and unhappy. Schedule what you love to do in your calendar such as taking walks, doing fitness or reading. Create time for what makes you happy and find ways to eliminate what makes you unhappy.
For the LOVE of yourself.