Practicing self-love and compassion is associated with lower anxiety and depression, better recovery from stress and overall, a more optimistic outlook on life. Yes please to all of that!
Fostering self love relies on actions that support our physical, psychological, and spiritual growth. For me this is getting out in nature. It's time out to breathe, space to think and exercise outdoors to nurture my body. Connecting with what's around me feeds my soul.
Mum, aged (nearly!) 72 dives into a freezing cold river, pond or lake several times a week, slides down weirs and into waterfalls and literally glows from her cold-water ritual. For some this may be torture- but for her it's invigorating, immune building and dementia preventing (cold water immersion has been shown to protect the brain from degenerative diseases and combat depression).
Since my personal self-love rituals are linked to nature, they help reconnect me to our environmental values and I love to bring these back inside with me as inspiration.
We hope you find time to dedicate space to your own self-love. Sometimes it's important to prioritise ourselves, to help us ride the bumps and challenges of life with energy and clarity.
Katherine & Thread Tales