Why Right Now is the Perfect Time for Self-Love and Care

There is a lot of heartache and emotional distress going on in the world today. Anything from personal loss, to this year’s election results.

What’s important to realize is that nothing is permanent, we can only move up from here; tragedies and despair cannot define us.

It is time to awaken ourselves, let go of what is behind us, accept the facts, and ultimately create the best version of ourselves through it all.

Start Fresh

Write all of your thoughts out. Every single nitty-gritty thought that comes to your mind, let it out and let it go. Physically writing things down helps release the pain and anguish you associate that thought with. Keep a journal, write in your notes on your phone, vent to a friend. Reach out to friends and family. You are not in this alone. Whatever it is, let it out.

Meditate

Meditation does not mean attending daily yoga classes, nor does it mean you need to be a flexible acrobat. It means you are simply getting in tune with your mind, body, and soul. Breathe, let it out.

Rest your mind, be at peace with your thoughts and accept the continual flow of consciousness streaming. Pay attention to your heartbeat.

You do not need to be on a yoga mat on a tropical island. All you need is you, your attention and stillness. I personally like to meditate by simply closing my eyes, taking deep breaths, and focusing on each part of my active, thriving, breathing body.

Your body is a temple; you only get one body, so respect it, always.

Work Your Body Out

Your body is craving physical activity. Start small; go on a short walk around your neighborhood. Listen to your favorite album while you walk and let the time fly. Getting active is good for the brain. It clears your head and empties up mental space that you need to be healthy. Mental health is so incredibly important. Do your part to recognize these facts, and do what you can for yourself and for others to stay motivated.

Have High Standards

Never, ever settle for less than you deserve. No matter what the situation, know your worth and go with it. The second you settle for less, you degrade your well being. Strive for greatness in all that you do. Set a goal and carry it out. Start with smaller goals; maybe cut out ice cream this week, eat more greens, repeat. Keep building your goals until it becomes natural to you.

Release the Negativity

Toxic people exist; recognize that. These people come and go. They come in all different shapes and sizes, they may even be a family member. It doesn’t matter. Think to yourself, how is this person benefitting my life for the better? Are they practicing reciprocation in the relationship? Can I trust this person fully? Most importantly, do they respect and support every view you have and everything you stand for?

If you answer no to any one of those, it’s time to cut ties. It is easier said than done, but in the end you will be beaming in a new light, one that allows you to grow fully with no limitations or setbacks.

Accept Others

“Be kind. For everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.”

Above all, as humankind we have the ability to shower each other with positivity, acceptance, empathy, and unconditional love. Even if you don’t see eye-to-eye with someone, it doesn’t mean they are an innately bad person. It simply means you have different life paths, different moral codes and motivations.

Certainly, we do not live in a world where everyone is pure, kind, and has good intentions. We filter out the bad, but choose to see the good in all.

No one person is better than the other; that much is true.

“Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.”

-J.K. Rowling

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Christina Kirchner