You show love to your friends and family everyday—especially during the month of February. But how often have you remembered to show yourself love? Taking the time to show your body love is one of the most important things you can do for your health, and especially when you’re trying to get on the path to a healthier you.
Here are five little ways you can show yourself the unconditional love you give to others.
- Take a listen. It can be all too easy to get caught up in the rush of daily life and forget to listen to how your body is feeling. Your body is capable of so much, but if it’s lacking proper care and attention, it won’t allow you to continue living a healthy life.
Take time throughout the day to check in with your body and assess how you’re feeling on a scale of 1-10, with 1 as the absolute lowest and 10 as the best. If you’re not at a ten, listen to your body’s needs and do your best to fulfill them. This way, you can ensure that you’re always operating at your optimum level throughout the day.
- Feed your body. Although this seems obvious, skipping meals and running on coffee all day is not enough to keep your body well nourished. You wouldn’t dare let your phone or laptop go uncharged, so why not do the same for your body? Your body needs refueling every day, just as your prized electronics need charging. Nourish your body with whole foods, hydrating liquids, self-care and movement. Making nourishment a priority will give you the energy and stamina you need to be your best each day and show love to others around you.
- Get moving. It’s no secret that getting your heart pumping and your legs moving is great for your body. However, it’s important to note that there is no “right” way to exercise. Find a method that works for you and stick to it—whether it’s yoga class, spin, swimming or lifting weights. Any kind of physical activity throughout the day counts. Committing to get your body moving each day with some physical activity and stretches will go a long way in keeping your body happy and healthy.
- Embrace rest. Rest is an important component of taking care of your body. Living on 3-4 hours of sleep a night is not how your body is designed to operate, not to mention very unhealthy. Think about it—it’s difficult to be at your best while your body is physically exhausted. Make an effort to get 8-9 hours of sleep a night, and learn to slow down and rest when your body tells you to. It’s okay to skip a task on your to-do list to take a quick nap—your body is more important.
- Appreciate your body. Your body is amazing—don’t deny it! It allows you to travel, eat wonderful food, and most importantly, love the ones around you freely. Just as you would a tangible gift, make a point to be grateful to your body for it allows you to do.
This Valentine’s Day, don’t forget to show love to the most important vessel in your life—you.