It’s the month of looove, my friends.
As a nation we’ll spend $18.9 billion on Valentine’s Day candy, flowers and anything that sparkles, according to this Reuters report.
Not gonna lie, I eat it up. I love it when my husband gets me flowers (or heck, an edible arrangement!) Just a little stuffed bulldog with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups made me one happy chick.
But as fabulous as a new gift sounds, I can’t help but think about how important it is to also spend a little somethin’ somethin’ on ourselves.
I’m not just talking money. But time. Silence. Prayer. Effort.
It’s so easy to get wrapped up in everything and everyone else in our lives. But at the end of the day, you’ve got to love YOU. Always look out for #1 (in a healthy way, of course!) Here’s why you’re more important than everyone else.
1. Being “selfish” makes you a better person to everyone around you.You may think hitting the gym during the week takes time away from your significant other or kids, but you’re wrong. It’s fills up your own tank with happy hormones and you feel kick ass after. And how about that facial or massage you’ve been wanting to get? Do it. You deserve a break. Self care is one of the most important things in the world. We’re no good to the people we love if we’re no good to ourselves.
2. It’s an investment in your future
Want to be that awesome old person that has incredible stories to tell? Be good to yourself now. Extremely good. Listen to your body when it’s trying to talk to you, and then do something about it. Stay as far away from the denial train as possible. If you’re feeling tired all the time, gaining weight, feeling super stressed or just plain unhappy, there are emergency signals going off and your body wants out. Don’t ignore it. Show some love to the temple you’ve been given.
3. Other people treat you the way you treat yourself
Is it painfully obvious you don’t respect yourself? Then don’t expect others to either. It sucks, but it’s life. If you have children, what lessons do you want them to learn from how you treat yourself? Everything about how we look, what we say, and what we do sends a message. Does your message say you know you’re valuable? Capable? Strong? Beautiful? Loved?
If not, something’s got to change. Change it now.
There are always moments when we’re not going to want to love ourselves. We make mistakes, have bad days, and sometimes just feel a little crappy. But that’s ok. Take a breath, shake it off, and get a move on. Get that personal love tank filled up because when it overflows onto others it feels so, so good.