We’ve been thinking a lot about empowerment lately, and we’ve really enjoyed talking to so many amazing women about what empowerment means in their lives. Everyone has a different definition of what makes them feel their personal best, but one thing is clear: Empowerment begins with learning to love yourself.
Look in the Mirror
If you’re struggling with self-esteem — or just to make time for yourself in your busy life — start by taking the time to really see yourself. Lock the bathroom door and take some time to look in the mirror. Look at yourself they way you might look at your child or a wonderful friend. That means forgetting about the flaws and looking into your eyes.
Take a moment to say “I love you” to the woman standing there. It may seem a little silly, but it’s a powerful gift to give yourself each day. When you love yourself, you take good care of your body and your spirit, and that, in turn, leads to a happier, healthier you that’s ready to take on the world.
An Empowering Routine
In addition to checking in with yourself in the mirror, try adding these steps to your morning routine to provide loving care for your body and mind.
Before you step into the shower, begin with an intention. What worries or negative thoughts would you like to wash away from your mind? Name them, then release them and you cleanse your skin and hair. We love the gentle, nurturing quality of milk soaps for a daily cleansing ritual.
Self-care is about giving your mind and body what they need to empower you to be your best self throughout the day. For your skin, that means applying the right face oil and vitamin creme to combat the toxins that build up throughout your day. For your mind, nourishment comes in many forms. Try a mini-meditation while you moisturize: Think of something that’s toxic your wellbeing and release it as you breathe out. As you inhale again, envision breathing in calmness and light.
One of the best ways to feel empowered throughout the day is to stay focused on what you’re doing. As you leave your bathroom in the morning, remind yourself that it’s the last time you’ll see yourself for the day — so smile! When you have an empowering morning routine, you won’t worry about what you look like, and instead can focus your energy outward.
If you feel stressed during the day, remind yourself of your morning intention to refocus. You can also try a quick breathing exercise to calm your nerves: simply breathe in for a count of four, hold it for a count of seven, and breathe out for a count of eight. This technique encourages your body to relax, no matter where you are or what you’re doing.
Empowerment is all about making the most of each day that you’re given. Take a few moments at the beginning of each day to remind yourself of how powerful and unique you are, and you’ll face the world with all the confidence you need to enjoy your life.