Start off with Self-Love:
by Noga Vilozny
Did you know that the better you take care of yourself, the better a friend you will be?
Yes, it’s true! Studies have shown that those with happy friends are happier. So, by focusing on what will make you happy… you will in turn bless your friends by increasing their level of joy!
Not that you need to have a reason to prioritize yourself, but in a culture which often glorifies sacrifice, a go-go-go lifestyle, and focuses overly on “productivity”… sometimes we need an extra helping hand in being able to feel OK about putting ourselves first. Plus, think of it this way: When you are well-fed, well-rested, well-nourished emotionally, happy and at ease… That’s when you are the most generous, kind, and helpful. Right? So, putting yourself first is really one of the most *generous* things you can do!
So! Now that you know that it’s GOOD for everyone, for you to be happy… Let’s focus in on how you can take the best care of *your* sweet self this 2016-
1) This is a brand new year. Have you thought about a theme? This is something I do for myself annually. I write a special dedication in my new calendar, in honor of my intention. It could be a goal, or a feeling that sets the tone for the year. A few examples: Let’s say you know that spending time with loving friends is good for you, and you want to have more intentional, less rushed meals. Or you know you need to laugh more! Your intention could be: “I intend to enjoy a good meal with friends at least once a week in 2016,” or “2016 is My Year for Joy & Laughter!” Go ahead, and think about a special way in which you would like this new year to be made special. What aspect(s) of self-care would you like to nourish this year? Put it into a little statement, and write it (in fun colors! why not??) into your new calendar! Now sit back, admire your handiwork, and get excited to let this intention come alive and support you in your new year.