What is it? According to Merriam-Webster, the definition is love of self or a regard for one’s own happiness or advantage.
Especially at this time of year, we tend to forget about ourselves and focus on the holidays and everyone else’s joy, happiness and expectations. So let’s stop forgetting about ourselves and take some time out for yourself this holiday season!
Here are a few strategies that you can pick from:
1 – Start to let things go: When we hold on to things in the past, it can hurt us more than we realize.
2 – Do things you love: This is extremely important. When we start to connect with ourselves by doing things/activities we love to do, that is self-love.
3 – Self-kindness: Talking to ourselves kindly and treating ourselves with kindness is all about self-love. We are kind to our friends and family, why not do the same to ourselves?
4 – Question your negative self-talk: I’ve mentioned this in a past post, when we think negatively about ourselves, it can bring us down. Instead challenge this and use your self-talk to encourage yourself!
5 – Practice good self-care: Self-care looks different to different people. When you treat yourself with care, you are showing yourself love. Self-care can be doing healthy activities, good nutrition, exercise, proper sleep and having healthy social interactions.
These are just a few options. I suggest to pick one and try to practice it on a daily basis. Do you practice any self-love?
I must apologize everyone, for I missed one of my weekly posts last week as I was under the weather. Has it ever happened to you when you get all the cold symptoms under the sun? Well, that’s exactly what happened to me and let me tell you it wasn’t fun. When one has a cold and sore throat all you want is comfort food. And to me comfort food is soup. A nice, hot, steamy bowl of homemade soup – not the stuff premade. If you have no option, then it works, but it just doesn’t taste them same does it. But you might say that soup is too hard to make! I’m here to say that it really isn’t that hard and no it doesn’t take that long to make either.
Here are a few tips on how to make homemade soup and ensure that it’s tasty!
- Yes, boiling the bones of any carcass would be ideal to make your own homemade broth, but when you’re sick, you won’t be taking the time to do so. So unless you already have some ready in the freezer, I suggest using a premade broth
- Sauté the vegetables first in the pot before adding the liquid. This can add some much needed flavour to your soup!
- Don’t forget to add in some extra herbs and spices! Even adding a dash of thyme, oregano and rosemary, along with some salt and pepper can help give your soup that “homey” taste
- Consider sprinkling on some grated cheese as a final touch! I like doing this as it can add another dose of flavour to the bowl. Yum!
What are some of your tips on how to make homemade soup?
I work as a Dietitian and definitely walk the talk. I love to cook and help people get back to being healthy again.