Wonderful Ways To Practice Self-Love (Magazine Excerpt)

I am the queen of self-love. All it takes is a rainy day or a stomach ache to trigger a planned day of decadence and reward. It all comes down to the fact that I firmly believe that it is the little things that make life worth living. Life can be a struggle and treating yourself well is vital for your own health and wellbeing.

So, without further ado, here are a couple of tried and tested methods to ‘love yourself ’ as so many current pop singers are urging us to do lately. Looking after yourself is the key to a happy and healthy lifestyle, give yourself a little bit of self-love.

From a scientific standpoint, sleep repairs your heart and blood vessels. From a less scientific standpoint, it just makes you feel better. Curling up in bed and reading or watching a film is one of the simple pleasures in life and spending eight hours in bed every night is guaranteed to make you feel fantastic the next morning. Chuck in a mug of chamomile tea and you’ve got yourself a sleepy, restful party!

Groundbreaking stuff! But come on, I really had to put this on the list as it cannot be overstated how important sleep is. If I had a ten pounds for every time someone had promised me I’d ‘feel better after a good night’s sleep,’ I’d have enough money for one of those really expensive mattresses.

It’s a classic. It’s up there with ‘get a good night’s sleep’ and there’s a good reason for this. Sitting back in a warm tub with candles and a waterproof cover around your kindle is an absolutely fantastic use of your time. The best part – you don’t even need to justify it to yourself; everyone needs to wash, right? Throw in some bubbles or a bath bomb for extra relaxation.

What is it that humans like so much about animals? From their beady eyes to their damp, twitchy noses something about them just makes you feel better. It’s a distinctly comforting feeling to spend time with a life form who is unlikely to ask you your opinion on the Trump presidency or your feelings on the current economic climate. Animals are pure, gentle and if you’re allergic to a lot of them you can always just google pictures of cute cats.

Sometimes we don’t want to lie back and think about everything.Taking a bath or getting an early night can be the perfect breeding ground for dwelling or overthinking.What you need is a little escapism. There’s something nice about spending a Sunday afternoon on your console with a cool bottle of cider. Worry about Hyrule or the Mushroom Kingdom for a few hours instead of what is bothering you.

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Excerpt from the sixth issue of Zest For Life Magazine. Click Read More to view the full article…

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