Last year has been tough for many of us. It was a year that has had challenges, but what this has reinforced for us is the importance of self-love and self-care. As we go through this new year, 2022, it is time to start planning for the next phase and make changes that will benefit us.
This year, remember to treat yourself well and approach your new year intentions with self-love. When you treat yourself with kindness every day, your emotional, physical and mental strength improves tremendously. Your self-care treatment doesn't need to be time-consuming or expensive. However, it involves small things that will make your mind, body and spirit be calm, content and at peace. Below are a few ways that you can treat yourself with tender loving care this year.
Say No to What You Can’t Do Or To What Goes Beyond Your Limits
Research shows that ladies experience challenges when setting limits and boundaries. There is a logic that 'I must do everything for everybody' increases stress levels and anxiety. When your schedule is packed and you don’t have free time, learn to decline politely for invitations or unexpected tasks. Avoid unnecessary stress from trying to please everyone who has a request. A schedule that is not packed is enjoyable and carefree.
Take Needed Timeouts
Taking care of yourself should be a priority; it is essential for your growth and well-being. Self-care can be as simple as giving yourself some alone time - having a cup of coffee, a short meditation, or a short yoga session. All these mini timeout activities will allow your mind, body, and spirit to rest peacefully as they recharge. When fully refreshed, you will feel comfortable spending time with others and be in a better mental space to carry on with your daily tasks and goals with positivity and optimism.
Add Healing Crystals to Your Daily Routine
Incorporating crystals for self-love into your wellness routine is a great way to constantly remind yourself of who you are and keep you connected and in alignment with your authentic self. Each crystal has a special gift that comes with it, based on their spiritual properties and symbolism. As such, the best crystals for self-acceptance and inner-healing are stones such as Rose Quartz, Rhodonite, Amazonite, Green Aventurine, Rhodochrosite, Jade, and others with similar properties. Having these spiritual touchstones around you will help fill your personal vibrations and environment with the positive energy – which fosters the right mindset and readiness to face challenges and do things extraordinary.
Use Positive Messages to Give Yourself Mental Uplift
Use mantra or positive messages to calm you when you are worried or anxious. For instance, your mantra might contain affirmations such as, ‘’All is well. Things are changing for the better. All is in divine order. ‘’ Keep a copy of the mantra in your mirror, wallet, or desk so that you can go through them at any time and place. Repeat the mantras or affirmations until your mind, body, and spirit calms down. With these phrases, your mind associates the supportive words with a relaxed and positive state to achieve great results.
Use Positive Self-Talk to Boost Your Confidence in Everything You Do
Put together some positive phrases or words that will aid you in countering any negative critical self-talk. The phrases don’t need to be complicated – simple ones will do. For instance, ‘I am a good person with a warm and caring heart.’. If you find yourself hearing harsh and critical voices in your mind, stop it immediately and replace it with positive self-talk. Imagine taking an old-fashioned tape and replacing it with a new one with uplifting phrases. Also, it might be good to post reminders in places around your spaces such as mirrors, refrigerators, walls, or bathroom doors. The more you come across your positive phrases, the speed of erasing negative thoughts from your mind increases. The positive voices will want to take charge and eliminate any negative thoughts to ensure you remain happy and peaceful.
Remember that you are perfectly imperfect. There may be things that you’d like to change or improve and that’s okay. Just remember that you are still perfect and beautiful right now. It’s okay to make mistakes or get everything right 100% of the time. Be gentle with yourself and allow yourself to feel authentically loved always. There is nothing more wonderful than being your genuine self and appreciating who you are.
Use a Notepad to Write Away Stress And Worries In Your Life
Before going to bed, it may be helpful to write off some to-do lists or thoughts and other things that might interrupt your sleep. Too much worry and stress can overload our minds and lead to more stress. However, once these pesky thoughts are written down, the mind can be at peace and rest. That will give a better start to the next day when waking with a clear, refreshed mind.
The Bottom Line
As you go through 2022 and beyond, wrap yourself in your care and kindness. It is the driving force that will keep you flourishing and thriving throughout the year and many years to come. The more you prioritize practicing self-love and self-care, the happier and peaceful your life will be.