The Self-Love Starter Kit provided a few tools to help provide some basics for self-love. The tune-up is a reminder to revisit the concept and add more to or jump start your practice. Think of yourself as the center of your emotional world (your "Loveverse".) Take the time to check-in with yourself each day. What space are you occupying?
Here are a few more tools:
• Practice Gratitude
Gratitude is the quality of being thankful. Practicing gratitude is a skill. Therefore, it can be cultivated and strengthened. Expressing gratitude can help with developing patience as well as with enhancing happiness.
Exercises: (1) What/who are you grateful for being a part of your life? Think of and/or write down a few things you are grateful for before you go to bed and each morning. (2) Write yourself a “thank you” note (3) write one thing that you are thankful for each day and put it into a jar. At the end of each month, take a moment to go through the notes.
• Be Still
It is easy to be “on the go” every moment of the day. We shut down our cars and computers in order to give them breaks yet many have difficulty taking breaks for their own mind, body and spirit. Being able to have time to sit a reflect is a good way to honor yourself.
• Honor Who You Are at This Moment
Acceptance can be a powerful tool. The key is to hold space for change while enjoying who you are in this moment.
Exercise: (1) Find out the meaning of your name. Does the meaning relate to you in any way? How does your name influence who you are in the day to day? (2) Create a love board. Use pictures and words to represent the aspects of your being that you currently appreciate. Allow this board to grow throughout the year. As you discover new things about yourself, add them.
The relationship you have with yourself, like other relationships, takes work. If you are open to it, you have the capacity to continue to grow throughout the life span. I encourage you to find at least 5 minutes each day to add to your tool box.