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I’ve taken numerous yoga classes and heard I need to practice self-love, and that moving my body can be an act of self-care. I’ve seen advertisements for spas or a new beauty product and had both self-love and self-care thrown in my face as tools to get me to buy something.

These two words often seem interchangeable, but are they?

The Brain and Behaviour Research Foundation describes self-love as “a state of appreciation for one's self that grows from actions that support our physical, psychological and spiritual growth.”

Self-love is really about the present moment. Showing yourself love, respect and compassion daily. While taking action to support your growth, physical, psychological, and spiritual.

Did you embarrass yourself at a company-wide meeting? Forget to mute your zoom microphone? Lean in toward self-love and offer yourself some compassion. It’s easy to turn to self-deprecating humor at the moment, but you’ll feel much better if you can find the positive.

Is Eating A Doughnut FBSo how does self-care differ from self-love? In 2015 the UK Department of Health defined self-care as “the actions individuals take for themselves, and others to stay fit and maintain good physical and mental health; meet social and psychological needs; prevent illness or accidents; care for minor ailments and long-term conditions.’

Both self-love and self-care are extremely personal. What works for Mrs. Jones might not work for you. The trick is to find out exactly what is going to work for you.

For me, I like to wake up early. I start my day with an online yoga class, meditation, and lemon water. Starting my day this way helps me to feel productive and treats my body and mind with love. I know this morning might not work for everyone.

You may be a night owl, you might find your moments of self-care after your family is asleep and the world is quiet. In that case, my guess is my morning routine will not benefit it.

Here are a few tips to practice self-love:

  • Find what works for you- everyone is different, and you will need to try a variety of things before you find exactly what works best.
  • Start that gratitude practice- Check out the previous blog post Gratitude can do what? Or get help through Change your Attitude to Gratitude online workshop.
  • Use positive affirmations- a positive mental state supported by affirmations will help you challenge and overcome those self-deprecating and negative thoughts. When affirmations are repeated often our mind starts to believe them and make positive changes.
  • Practicing good self-care- That's right, practicing self-care is an act of self-love ;)

Self Care Tips

  • Similar to self-love you need to find what works for you
  • Get enough sleep for your mind and body
  • Start a daily movement practice- 1 hour at the gym lifting weights is not for everyone, and isn’t realistic, so just working on moving your body. Maybe add a 30 min walk, learn to run, swim, bike, play badminton in your backyard, anything that gets your butt up and moving.
  • Intuitive eating- fuel your body with nutritious food, that makes you feel good.

Since self-care is insanely personal, I can’t answer if a doughnut is self-care. That will be entirely up to you!

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