In our success-driven, achievement oriented society, it becomes increasingly easy to over-focus on productivity and self-improvement. And, while there is absolutely nothing wrong with productivity and self-improvement, the downside of becoming a self-improvement junkie can sometimes be self-sabatogue.
Working to improve yourself ALL THE TIME can be harmful to your self-esteem because it sends yourself the message that you are not good enough.
I fall guilty to this often.
To combat your perfectionism, try to spend sometime this week practicing self-love:
- Try a daily affirmation, such as “I am more than enough” or “I love and accept myself for all that I am, wholeheartedly”
- Cook yourself a delicious, home-cooked meal. This will nourish your body, and make you feel at peace. Set some candles to light the mood, put on your favorite tunes, and savor the delicous healthy food.
- Pamper yourself. Indulge in a message, trip to the spa, mani/pedi, or new haircut!
- Try some meditation or yoga, to connect to your true self. Sometimes it’s only when we stop talking or thinking that we can hear the truth about ourselves. Silence can be very empowering.
- Write yourself a thank you note, thanking yourself for all that you are.
- Spend some time investing in your passions! Whether that is your career, a project, or a hobby, investing in these things is a great way to practice self-love!
- Nourish your body! Eat some healthy food and exercise!
- Spend some time introspecting. Not just any introspection, though, ponder your greatest strengths, your best qualities, and the things that matter most to you in your life.
What do you do to practice self-love?