No matter how many hair products, styles, or colors you use to make your self feel beautiful, you will notice none of the work, unless you practice the most important beauty regiment of all, self-love? So, how do you practice self- love?
Starting your day with positive affirmations and thinking will help you set the tone for your day. Simply saying a mantra of how you want your day to go will make all of the difference for your day. Each day find something to carry you through your day, whether it is, “I will be happy.” or “Today will be a good day.” simple mantras can help you get through your day a lot happier.
30 minutes of activeness each day can help improve your posture, focus and of course your overall health. Taking a brisk walk during your lunch break or in between classes are great places to start moving each day. Find something that works for you and stick to it. Set a goal and then reward yourself once you reach it. If you have a bad day don’t beat yourself up, simply start over the next day. Just remember to “Never Miss a Monday”.
Eating healthy is not only expensive but it can sometimes seem like another full-time job, but it does not have to be a drama-filled affair. Taking simple and small steps each day can lead t great lifestyle changes. Try switching all of your drinks during the week to water, saving your favorite soft drinks for the weekends only. Remember Rome wasn’t built in one day and neither will your dream body.
Drink Water, Sis.
What is the answer for: clear skin, fresh body odor, and no peeling lip skin? Water. 8 glasses are the minimum amount of water that you should consume each day. To find out the actual number of ounces of water you should be drinking divide the number of your body weight in half, really. Dehydration can leave long term effects on your body, so put the same energy into drinking water, that you do into perfecting your wing eyeliner.
Mediate Don’t Medicate
Learning to Respond and not React to your surroundings is the number one reason to learn how to meditate. Mediating for at least ten minutes each day will help you gain better focus, respond better to situations and just be plan mindful as to what is going on in your life.
Since you will be meditating every day take some time out to think of the things that are going right in your life and be thankful. If you feel like nothing is going right, then think of the things that have kept you from jumping off the deep end: your parents, kids, siblings, friends, job, Jesus. Whatever, it is that makes you happy find time to say “Thank You” and watch your outlook change.
Unplug and Reflect
In today’s “always on” society we often forget to unplug leaving us frazzled and fried. Turn your phone off, pick up a good book or run a hot bubble bath. Be sure to take some time to create quiet space around yourself. Set aside sometime each week to create this quiet space and give yourself something to look forward to each week.
Sometimes you just have to: eat the cake, buy the shoes, or binge watch a little Netflix. Whatever, your guilty pleasure it is ok to indulge here and there. The key is not doing it regularly making it a habit.
Hang Out With The Girls
Every once in a while you just need some “girl time” with your best friends, to unwind and recenter yourself. Schedule a mandatory girl’s night once a month. This will give you time to dish out the tea and laugh a bit more than you should.
Cut Off Toxic People and Relationships
The last step towards living your best life is to let go of people and situations that are toxic to your life. Some times this can be the hardest step, however, after your meditation and reflection, you will know who or what needs to be cut off. This will also take care of those stress breakouts you may be experiencing.