9 Thoughtful Ways to Love Yourself
My favorite habits include jotting down three to five successes that I had for the day each night before bed, getting at least 30 minutes of exercise each morning and saying no to non-productive meetings more often. These practices help rid my mind of negativity, provide a sense of peace and satisfaction, and put me in control.
—Antonio Calabrese, CEO and founder of Boonle
To me, self-love means forgiving myself if I make a mistake and moving on; surrounding myself with positive people who challenge me to grow; and taking time out to be truly present and connected with my family, my friends and myself. Massages, chocolate and HGTV binges also help.
—Carrie Singer, CEO, Quince Orchard Therapy
I’ve learned to make sure to leave enough space in my life for the things I enjoy. I play golf. I spend time with my family. We’re planning a family vacation in Canada this year, and I’m looking forward to it. It’s also rewarding to mentor my three adult children regarding the importance of education and lifelong learning in order to have options in life. I have impressed upon them the importance of entrepreneurship and risk-taking. All of my family has been there with me through the ups and downs of growing a business, and this has created a bond among us. We have all grown stronger together through that process.
—John McNeely, CEO of Sword & Shield Enterprise Security
I take time for myself, starting with being grateful for what I have. I find that when I'm grateful for life's gifts, I can't help but practice self-love.
—Carrie Rich, CEO, The Global Good Fund
This article originally appeared in the September 2017 issue of SUCCESS magazine.
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