What are you worried about, right now? That your stress levels are out of control? That you’re stuck in a dead-end job? That you’re lonely?
It seems we are a generation of mega-worriers – so what can be done to help? Well, it all comes down to each one of us. If, like me, you’re an over-thinking, over-analysing, introverted, highly sensitive person, worrying only zaps your energy and lowers your confidence and self-esteem. Frankly, enough is enough.
When I notice the triggers that push me to breaking point, I know that I must turn to the one practice that helps me worry less: self-love.
Needless to say, there’s always a lot going on. There are the usual day-to-day life and work responsibilities mixed with a dash of drama, a dollop of overwhelm and spoon full of chaos. This is exactly why we should all make a conscious effort to turn within – because when we practice better self-love and care, we are effectively training our minds and bodies to adapt to a new coping mechanism. Self-love can be your key to mastering it all, and here’s how a daily routine of nurturing yourself can help you stop worrying so much.
Self-love practice: How to stop worrying and start living
1. Ditch the diets and get moving
When you feel good, you naturally worry less and are better able to focus on the positives things in life. When you feel good, you are able to continue putting the effort to stay physically, emotionally and mentally healthy. So how do you get there?
When you actively practice self-love, you treat your body better overall. You believe you’re worthy. That means you treat yourself with respect and give your body what it needs. You’re more likely to exercise regularly, feed your body nutritiously and give yourself the rest you need. You exercise because it makes you feel good, avoid diets because they don’t give you the right nourishment, and rest because you know you need time to recharge. When you do all of this, things begin to fall into place, and all you need to do is take that first step.
Opt for foods like omega-3-rich salmon, dark leafy greens, and berries that are packed full of antioxidants. Try slow-paced exercises like restorative yoga, long walks in nature or stretching. Finally, indulge in magnesium-rich warm baths after a long day to help you get a good night’s sleep and balance your nervous system.
2. Work on balance
When you are able to truly embrace self-love, you start to embrace balance in your life. You stop working yourself to the ground because you realise that your worth isn’t measured by how much you do. You start to work smarter rather than harder. Finally, you believe you are more than enough exactly as you are so you waste less time doing things that don’t matter to you and instead focus on doing the things that fulfill you.
When you learn to work from a place of self-love, you start to enjoy your career more and you actually end up being more productive. That means you’ll be able to create even more time for life outside work and truly cherish every bit of it.
3. Raise your vibrations
When you treat yourself with TLC, you make it clear not only to yourself but to everyone around you that you are worthy of it and that this is the way you desire to be treated. You naturally show how good it feels to practice self-love and maybe even inspire them to treat themselves with more love and care too. All of this fuels positive energy in every interaction and fulfillment in relationships. Wholeheartedly loving yourself only makes it easier to love and receive love from others.
Remember, worry is a reaction and emotion you can get under control, and the only thing standing in your way is you – so what one act of self-love will you practice today?