It’s no secret that self-improvement is a shared interest among Americans. Now that January is in full-swing, the discussion of New Year’s Resolutions seems to be on everyone’s mind. Whether it’s weight loss, cutting back on the sugar, or finally utilizing that gym membership, it appears that these resolutions are oftentimes focused on superficial, high-pressure goals revolving around body image.
Here at Nature’s Touch, we advise our clients to make New Year’s Resolutions with extreme caution. Why, you may ask? The reason isn’t because we don’t have faith in our clients, but rather we know what the implications may be if those resolutions don’t come to fruition. Not succeeding in those weight loss goals or achieving the perfect makeover can lead to frustration, lowered self-esteem, or even depression.
That’s a lot of pressure! Instead of making a promise you might not be able to keep, why not take a minimalistic approach that actually works?
The solution is simple. Make a commitment to loving yourself, each and everyday. If your goal in this new year is to work on self-improvement, staring at a fitness magazine or listening to ads claiming you can drop 20 pounds in two weeks just aren’t realistic. Why not work on improving your body image, self-esteem, and focus on what works for you.
To help you start this journey of self-love, I have put together three tips that I practice as daily reminders to love the body I was blessed with. When you love yourself, you’ll start doing things to care for your health and wellbeing, and weight (if that’s your goal) will begin to fall off naturally.
- Recite Daily Affirmations
- It may feel silly at first, but tell yourself how much you love YOU! You think your thighs are too big? That’s ok, they give you strength to walk around. Feeling pressure that your house isn’t always clean? Tell yourself how wonderful you are for providing a roof over your family’s head. Consciously turn the negatives in your life into positives. This change in mindset can have a huge impact on your overall outlook on life.
- Practice Meditation
- I talk about meditation a lot in my office, but that’s because I believe so deeply in its power. Taking 15 minutes out of the day to sit quietly and peacefully can calm the mind and can help you refocus, recharge, and reconnect with yourself. It’s inexpensive, simple, and can be done anywhere! Meditation is something I suggest anyone of any walk of life practice.
- Find Your Passion
- One of the reasons why New Year’s Resolutions crumble to quickly is because we commit to something unrealistic. While wanting to try new things is certainly advantageous, purchasing a CrossFit membership when you’re really not interested in doing such a high-intensity sport won’t do you much good. Instead, really consider something your heart has been yearning to do but still fits in your life. An activity such as taking a dance class, trying yoga, or working with a massage therapist to understand your body on a deeper level. Whatever it may be, find something that you can be passionate about that really focuses on YOU.
Promoting self-love is the first step in becoming the best version of you. While massage therapy is our main service offering, we also do our best to guide you as you make this new commitment. We spend time talking to our clients when they come in to make them feel comfortable. No matter what shape or size you may be, there is no judgement.
If you are ready to commit to becoming the healthiest and happiest version of you and making this year your best year yet, click here or call our office at 330-721-9357. We look forward to seeing you.