Be Kind To Yourself
We should view our own mental, physical, and emotional health as a priority in our lives. One of the lessons I teach in my teen mentorship program is that we must be kind to ourselves before we can truly be kind to others. I have two easy “be kind to yourself” strategies that you can introduce into your life immediately to see a positive change.
Positive Self Talk
The quality of your life is in the quality of your communication to yourself. If you can harness the power of talking to yourself positively, you will be able to create an unbreakable energy within you.
Go ahead, say this out loud, “I am amazing. I am balanced with perfections and mistakes. I choose to shine through all of my self-doubt and fear so I can truly live the life I want to live.”
Feel weird to talk to yourself this way? Don't worry, I'm not suggesting that you talk to your reflection every day. I am simply suggesting that positive affirmations to yourself (however you choose) will rewire your brain, allowing you to really see change. Be intentional with your positive self talk, regardless of how or when you do it.
2. Self Care
Implement healthy eating, exercising, and sleeping habits daily. While I can dig deep on all three self care habits, today I want to keep it short and actionable so you can see immediate results.
Change the way you think of food. Food = power. The analogy is to think of your body as a vehicle. A vehicle needs gasoline to function. When your vehicle has a full tank it is smooth sailing. As the tank begins to empty, the vehicle becomes slow to start and sluggish. On an empty tank, it’s worthless. This is true for our bodies as well. Food fuels the performance of our minds, our bodies, and our emotions. And just like the quality of fuel (gasoline) you put into your vehicle, the quality of the food you put into your body matters. There is no better way to eat than lean, clean, and green.
An excellent resource that I highly recommend is the book “Lift Your Mood with Power Foods” by Christine Bailey. It is an easy to understand guide for knowing how to fuel your body properly.
Think short & sweet. Often times we can get overwhelmed with the idea of exercise because we assume it has to take a long time.
As a wife and working mom of two young boys, I know the challenges of fitting exercise in. It is extremely tough to do. But I learned pretty quickly that just 15 minutes a day, 7 days a week, made an incredible impact on the shape of my body and my overall mental health.
Keep it short so that it is easy to implement into your daily practices. Keep it sweet by choosing workouts you truly enjoy doing. When I have a mind block and lack of motivation to exercise, I opt for a 15 minute HIIT workout which works the entire body. I know that I can fit in 15 minutes and I know that I will feel like I have accomplished quite a bit because it’s full body.
Remember that a little goes a long way.
One giant size tip that is so simple is to stretch before bed. Our bodies go through so much during the day. Stretching before bed relieves the built up tensions from sitting long periods and prepares our body for a more restful sleep.
The stretches that have worked best for me are:
The Rag Doll
Up the wall