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Garden Fresh with Claudia Deen: A Little Self-Love

By Claudia Deen

I’m really happy to see how the self-love movement has been growing lately. During the past year, you’ve probably seen tons of posts on Instagram and Facebook under the hashtag #selflove, where people are sharing the way they take time for themselves to grow as individuals.

I firmly believe that if we don’t love and accept ourselves, then it’s almost impossible to love others and enjoy a fulfilled life.

Every day, I try to take the time to do something I enjoy and that makes me feel good about myself. Here I want to share with you 10 easy things that you can do to practice self-love.

 

  1. Take a bath.If you have a bathtub at home, take 30 minutes of your day to fill it up and enjoy a relaxing time. I love adding essential oils, bubbles, Epsom salts, and even flower petals. Light up some candles, bring a cup of tea or a glass of wine, play some music, and get ready to unwind.
  2. Read a book.  Is there a book you’ve never finished or that you’ve always wanted to read? All you need is 10 minutes of your day. I love reading novels and personal growth books.
  3. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee in silence.This is a simple ritual that can bring tons of peace. Just sit quietly, and enjoy the aroma, texture, and taste. Stay present and connect with your senses.
  4. Meditate. Meditation is a practice that has helped me tons. The best time to do it is first thing in the morning or right before going to sleep. I enjoy the app Calm,and all it takes is 10 min. a day.
  5. Workout. Taking the time to sweat will leave you feeling strong, determined, and beautiful. When we release endorphins, we feel happy, and when we’re happy, we can achieve anything we want!
  6. Get a mani/pedi. You can go to a salon or just do them at home! Taking the time to take care of your physical self will lift up your spirit.
  7. Get a massage and/or a facial. If you can’t afford to go to a spa, there are many masks and steam treatments that you can use at home to make your skin glow!
  8. Indulge on a TV show you love.Making time to just enjoy a good show or movie without having to worry about anything else is a great way to unwind. I’m not saying that you should stare at the television for hours—only that you should make the time to do the things that you love!
  9. Journal. Even if it’s just a sentence, writing down our thoughts is a great way to find relief and take things out of our chest! To me, it’s like a free therapy session.
  10. Practice gratitude. When I’m angry, upset, or sad, I take some time to write down or just to think about all the things I’m grateful for… count your blessings, and your mood will improve instantly!

 

This list could go on and on. Think about something that you truly enjoy, make the time to do it, stay present, and simply take care of yourself.

Claudia Deen - Founder, The Trendy Smoothie Claudia Deen is a Certified Health Coach based in Savannah, GA, and the founder of The Trendy Smoothie. Claudia is a brown belt in karate, thirteen-time half-marathon finisher, seven-time marathon finisher, and two-time Ironman 70.3 finisher. After a career in advertising, her passion for fitness and fresh eating led to a career centered on helping others achieve a healthier lifestyle. In 2013, Claudia married Paula’s son, Bobby. You can follow Claudia on her blog, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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