Self-Love. Because you can't pour from an empty cup.

This week it’s self-love week, so what better time to discuss the importance of Health & Well-Being and looking after ourselves not just physically, but also mentally and emotionally.

What is self-love?

The idea of an act of self-love will vary from person to person, but essentially, it should be about the same outcome -giving yourself time to do the things that make you happy.

This could be something as simple as switching off from technology with a cup of tea, and taking in your surroundings.

Here’s a few other suggestions you could use if you’re stuck for ideas…

Having a hot bubble bath (with all your favourite lotions & potions, extra fluffy robe & favourite pyjamas waiting for you!)

Getting your head into a good book! (That book you keep meaning to read, open the first page. Take it in, enjoy.)

Go to the gym or take a work-out class...

(Been thinking of trying Yoga? Desperate to lose weight? Find a class, be brave, and go. Give your body what it's asking from you.)

...Alternatively, if you're a bit of a gym-addict, allow yourself a rest day. We don't have to be on the go all the time. Sometimes your body needs peace, calm and rest.

Taking yourself for a walk whilst leaving your phone on silent

(This is a hard one, but you'll honestly feel amazing for it. Look around (and up!). We're always so busy distracted by our screens we often don't fully appreciate our surroundings. Breathe deep, take in the smells and be in the moment.

Taking yourself for a coffee or lunch - Food, and it's still self-love. Win win?

Getting an early night! Most of us don't get enough sleep. The recommendation is 7-8 hours for the average adult. Personally, I know for me to function on full I need 8 solid hours, not a minute less! Find what works for you (there's no shame in a 9pm bedtime, trust me!)

Why is ‘self-love’ so important?

As the old saying goes, ‘you can’t pour from an empty cup’, which means you have to look after yourself first, in order to help others. If you’re always depleting your energy and health by giving to others, at some point you’re going to burn out and not be able to.

If you’re like me and one of these people who feels guilty for switching off, saying no, or spending time on yourself, make an active decision to set aside some time each week to dedicate to yourself. It won’t be easy - you’ll most likely feel incredibly guilty for it initially, but once you begin to reap the benefits of rest, you will soon understand its’ importance.

Speaking from my own experience, you will be far more motivated, productive, and happier for it. That is something no amount of time spent at the gym, or with your head in your laptop will replicate!

So, when do you start?

NOW. Get your diary out and schedule in some time - even if it’s only half an hour, that you can dedicate to you. Undistracted. Undisturbed. Write it into your schedule, commit to it, and enjoy it. You won’t regret it.

Laura & The Team x

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