While presenting numerous challenges, the last few years have given us a remarkable chance to self-reflect. Quarantine allowed many people to pause, think, and reconsider what it is that makes them truly happy.
At House No. 23, we are refocusing our energy on living a life that is joyful and full of love. We no longer want to hold back or settle for anything that doesn’t bring us ultimate peace and happiness, and we think you shouldn’t have to either. To reach our full potential, we have to first show up — not just for others, but for ourselves. Here are some practical ways to cultivate self-love by showing up for yourself:
Set Aside Time for Yourself
It can often feel like there isn’t enough time in a day to do everything you need to do, let alone want to do. Quarantine shook us out of our routine and woke us up to the possibility of having a little more time for ourselves. While quarantine might be over, we can’t help but feel like we stumbled on the secret to happiness — and that reserving a few minutes for ourselves each day can help boost our well-being.
Setting aside time for yourself every day is essential to taking care of your mind, body, and soul. This might mean going for an evening stroll, reading in the morning sun, or doing a face mask in the bath. Whatever your daily practice might look like, they all allow us to unwind and prepare for the day ahead. Get into the habit of carving out time for yourself every day to cultivate self-love.
Without realizing it, we spend much of our lives on autopilot. We wake up, help our loved ones get their days going, go to work, come home and watch tv before falling asleep. Then the day starts all over again. We spend our days either doing things for others or overworking.
Being mindful means taking a break from all of this in order to be present, take care of your own health, and nurture your own well-being. Ways you can be mindful throughout your day include but are not limited to:
Keeping a gratitude journal
Observing your thoughts and allowing them to come and pass without judgment
Engaging your five senses by listing five things you can see, four things you can feel, three things you can hear, two things you can smell, and one thing you can taste.
Be Kind to Yourself
A significant way to show up for yourself is to be kinder to yourself. That means checking that negative self-talk at the door. It is a new year, and there is no way we are allowing ourselves to be our own worst enemy any longer.
When you speak kindly to yourself consistently, you experience more confidence and happiness in the long run. Imagine how wonderful you would feel if every day you believed in yourself the way your loved ones believed in you. Becoming more aware of your negative self-talk and thought patterns could drastically change how you go about your day. Watch your step get lighter as you shoo away any negative talk that previously weighed you down.
House No. 23 was founded when we stepped outside of our comfort zones and listened closely to what would make our hearts happy. These are just three ways we show up for ourselves to make our dreams come true — what are yours?