I am bringing this to light because having a healthy perception of ourselves (both men and women) is a crucial part of developing adequate nutrition and overall health and wellness. If our mental perception of ourselves is down, our nutritional status will also suffer. Quite fittingly, since the original Love Your Body Day took place in Mid-October, I've decided to bring back this idea as Love Your Body Week on the blog.
Throughout this week, be sure to check my Twitter: @TheDishRD for encouraging and inspirational quotes! Please spread the word to others by retweeting, commenting, or replying with the hashtag: #loveyourbodyweek
1. Write it out. Write down a list of features, personality quirks, or talents that you love about yourself. No need to be humble on this one- you do not have to show anyone! Fill free to put the list on your mirror as a daily reminder of your great strengths!
2. Exercise for fun. ...Wait, did you say fun? Yes! Exercise has been shown to be one of the most highly affective ways to boost mood and self-confidence. Exercising does not always have to be dreadful. Instead of working out just for burning calories, try to exercise for benefiting your mood and your health. Take a fun dance class, go on a scenic walk/hike through the city or a beautiful state park, play a fun game of capture the flag with friends, or sign up for a local Color Run!
3. Catch those Z's. Sleep is also fundamental for our overall health and our mental stamina. Those who get more sleep than others are usually more optimistic, confident, healthy, and happy. The National Sleep Foundation recommends achieving about 7 hours of sleep each night for adults.
4. Relax. Ever heard the phrase, "I'll relax when I retire?" Get that out of your head! If you don't take the time to relax, the opportunity will never come. Relaxing is one of the most underrated human activities, yet it is so vital to our overall physical and mental health. Take time this week to curl up and read a good book (one that is a struggle to put down), take a hot bubble bath, get a pedicure..etc. You deserve it!
5. Savor the flavor! No ordering fast foods, eating in the car, or microwaving meals this week! Really take time to cook or enjoy a truly delicious, sit-down meal so that you can savor each bite! Too often, we rush through meals and forget to enjoy the splash of flavors on our plates that nourish our bodies, and liven our tastebuds each day.
6. Media Power Outage. Sometimes all it takes is a brief breach from magazines, television, and the internet to realize that the media is filled with false advertising and "fake," photoshopped beauty. During this time away from media sources, take time to focus on yourself, and appreciate what makes you unique and special.
7. *****Encourage others. This is the most important tip. This world will become less focused on the media if we truly learn to focus on reality. By encouraging others' features, traits, personalities...etc we can shape our world into a more genuine place!*****