February is a month that focuses on love. And whether you are single or not, it is the perfect reminder to practice and indulge in the greatest love of all: self-love. Self-love is a state of appreciation for oneself that grows from actions that support our physical, psychological and spiritual growth.
Let’s admit it, the majority of us get so caught up in our daily lives that we forget to set aside the time necessary to cultivate and foster a deep love and respect for ourselves. Self-love is a major component to happiness, so it is extremely important that, like a muscle, self-love is utilized everyday for your happiness to grow.
Think you don’t have the time? Life can get hectic, but we should always make time for ourselves. Follow our suggestions to begin your journey toward self-love. We promise they can easily fit into the busiest of schedules.
In general, working out improves mood and sleep while decreasing stress and anxiety. It can also greatly contribute to feelings of well-being and lead to increased self-esteem.
If you think that you are too busy to work out, just remember that It doesn’t take a ton of time. It is recommended to have just 1 hour and 15 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity a week, according to the current Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. That’s only ten minutes of exercise per day!
In addition to aerobic exercise, it is recommended that both men and women partake in muscle-strengthening activities at least two times a week. Weightlifting is known to improve the quality of life as you gain body confidence; It will also help with managing weight.
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ln addition to having a solid workout plan, supplying the body with the nutrients it needs can truly make a difference in the body and mind. Eating healthy can make you more productive, less stressed, and can even act as an antidepressant. If you do not supply your body with the appropriate amount of protein, vitamins and minerals, your muscle mass will decrease as your fat stores increase.
The Harvard School of Public Health recommends eating mostly vegetables,fruits, whole grains, healthy fats, and healthy protein. They also suggest drinking plenty of water and eliminating sugary drinks from the diet.
Treat Yo’ Self
Although eating right and exercising are extremely important in maintaining general well-being, the best piece of advice we could ever give you is to learn how to treat yourself right within the right parameters. Whether it be a cheat day, or buying that pair of shoes you’ve been eyeing, finding out what you enjoy and making sure you do this regularly (with appropriate moderation) is key to feel happy and satisfied.
There are a ton of way to treat yourself, like taking a long shower, getting a massage, going to a farmer’s market, visiting a theme park, it all just depends what makes you happy. Go ahead, you deserve it!