There are so many different ways to say “I love you,” many of which we take for granted and perhaps aren’t even aware of because they’ve become clichéd, somewhat. “Drive safe”, “have a safe trip”, “call me when you arrive”, “are you crazy?”, “take really good care of yourself / be good to yourself…” – these are all some ways to say “I love you” we would appreciate more if we were more aware of the deeper manifestation of what love really is.
I’d like to focus on the bit about being good to yourself, something which I truly believe can only be a good thing since my mother always says it to me. You should always trust your mother, shouldn’t you?
What does it actually mean to be good to yourself, especially if it comes from someone like mum?
Taking care of the basics
The ultimate love is that of a mother so you should probably take a leaf out of your mother’s book when taking care of yourself. How did she take care of you? What are the basic things she did for you? You very quickly learn just how much of a chore this can be once you actually have to remember to do the basics for yourself.
Sharing is caring
Spread the love – it feels just as good to be good to others as it is to be good to yourself. After all, many of life’s simplest but greatest pleasures are best enjoyed and enhanced when you have someone to share them with.
Relaxing, unwinding and recharging
We live in a time when we’re pretty much under pressure to be on the go all the time, which is why it’s important to take some time to yourself, relax, unwind and recharge your batteries. Don’t wait until fatigue sets in for you to get the much-needed rest your body and mind will appreciate. Rather make some time to take some time out, even if it means enjoying a nice nap on the couch.
Don’t fall victim to the trappings of the media and other channels whose sole purpose is really just to get you to spend money. Find some things to do which you really enjoy and simply do them to fill up your soul with!
Counting your blessings
Once you start counting your blessings you’ll realise that you probably have so much to be thankful for, no matter what your circumstances are. The mere fact that you are able to read this blog and this post suggests that there are so many things in your life which are going right, so stop to take it all in and be grateful.
Rewarding and spoiling yourself
You know those birthday gift baskets for mom? How about buying yourself one of those as a reward for all the hard work you put into just being human? It’s important to spoil and reward yourself in this way as part of what it means to be good to yourself. This is a particularly inexpensive way of doing so, so you won’t feel guilty in any way.