February is a month for love. Everything from Valentine's Day to the stay-in-and-snuggle weather make this second month a time for adoration and endearment. Yet it is easy in this period of roaring fireplaces and heart-shaped boxes of chocolates to forget that real love starts with SELF LOVE.
It is for this reason that I remind you to take time this month to treat and value yourself. To do this, you must first appreciate your life, health, friends, family, and even pets if you have any. Take notice of all the kind beings that surround and support you on a daily basis. Focusing on these small blessings is what allows us to see the big picture. The next step is to dare to be compassionate and kind to yourself. Eliminate all your hypercritical and negative moments of introspection. Catch yourself when you find that you are being pessimistic or unfairly comparing yourself to others and say "PAUSE."
Then ask "Why am I being unkind to myself?" Remember, change is a process and acceptance is always a challenge. Start with easy steps to love being you: take a nature walk, get a massage, meditate, or simply do something you know makes you happy. All in all, you want to celebrate how wonderful you are.,You will find that this approach makes life more fun and fulfilling. As it is written on the key chain I carry around with me: “Love the life you live and live the life you love.” Happy Valentine's Day.
AUTHOR: Bex Urban