I am overjoyed to introduce you to Leah Perrotta, Gundalow Juice's newest crew member! We are so excited to have her on our team as our Well being Navigator and Health Expert. Leah is a health educator and with her help we want to educate you on how you can incorporate more happiness and health into your life. I am so glad she decided to start with a post about "self love." I am guilty of not showing myself enough love and she has some awesome tips and tricks that I have already started doing that are helping me be happier with me! I hope you find some tips that help you love you more too because you are amazing, loved and worthy of every great opportunity in the world.
With so much love,
Dana (Founder, Gundalow Juice)
“When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings you joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.” – Jean Shinoda Bolen
Welcome to February – the month of love. Whether you’re in a relationship or flying solo, you’re bound to be faced with the reality that is Valentine’s Day, or as some refer to it, SAD (Single Awareness Day). But before you make a judgement about the meaning behind Valentine’s day – consider the opportunity it presents to show yourself some love.
So often, our high hopes for Valentine’s day are left in the hands of others – usually setting high expectations for others to let us down. But the truth is, love, and our worth, shouldn’t be defined by someone else. I can distinctly remember a Valentine’s day a few years back, where I waited all day for my boyfriend to send me a lifeline during our long-distance relationship. I had this idea in my mind that he was going to have this big gesture planned to celebrate this special day. Flowers? Nope. A card? Obviously lost in the mail. A surprise knock on my front door? Get real. As the minutes turned into hours and the day finally came to an end, I found myself with a pint of Ben and Jerry’s, venting to my roommates, so upset and disappointed over one day, when in reality, our relationship (and my self-worth) was defined by so much more than that.
That day taught me two things:
(1) to ask for what you want (ahem…a card with “I love you” would be nice) and
(2) self-love can actually be even more rewarding than relying on others
While my boyfriend and I have since discussed the importance of at least recognizing the day (he’s redeemed himself!), in the year’s since then, I’ve made Valentine’s Day a reason to spoil myself, giving the term “treat yo’self” real meaning. So, I challenge you to do the same this year and show yourself some love! As Jean Shinoda Bolen so nicely put it – “When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings you joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.”
Not sure what nourishes your soul and brings you joy? Here are some tips to help you find out (and make Valentine’s day something to actually celebrate):
- Put pen to paper and start journaling – yes, writing in your diary may seem so 6th grade, but when was the last time you put pen to paper to clear your head? Show yourself some love by writing down 10 (yes, 10!) things you love about yourself. Seeing the words written can be empowering and help you remember what makes you so great. Take it a step further and try writing down 5-10 activities that make you happy. Then pick 1-2 to commit to in celebration of love day.
- Plan a Galentine’s Day. My girlfriends and I started doing this a few years ago – we spend the day shopping, telling stories and treating ourselves to dinner and drinks. It’s a great reminder of how important it is to nurture our friendship and how much a fun a girl’s day can really be. Make your cocktails guilt-free by purchasing our Valentine's Day Bouquet, complete with Sailor's Delight, Starboard Strawberry and the Beet Shot-- our favorite flavors to mix with champagne fora Gundalosas! `
- Treat yourself to a spa day. Go big or go home. Make yourself feel like the fabulous person you are and invest in a massage, facial, mani and pedi – whatever is going to make you feel re-energized and refreshed. Check Groupon for local deals and specials.
- On a budget? Try a staycation. Believe it or not, time at home can actually be pretty rewarding. Buy that book you’ve been wanting to read or check it out from your local library, then come home, light a soothing candle, put on your favorite music and go to town. Or be a tourist in your own city by sipping your favorite drink at a local coffee shop/bar, perusing free museums and visiting historic sites. Get to know your home town and be proud of where you live!
- Show your body some love. Nourish your body the right way by fueling it with healthy choices. Start your day with something active – try a new fitness class, grab a friend for your favorite yoga class, or explore a new trail. Prep/recover with the right combination of nutrients to stay energized (we recommend our Workout Bundle – full of nitrates to boost your aerobic capacity)! View your choices as conscious decisions to love yourself – this means eating things that you enjoy and not starving yourself!
- Laugh, and then laugh some more. Two words. Dwight Schrute. Sometimes all you need is a good laugh – browse Netflix for a funny sitcom or standup comic show. Laughter really is the best medicine. If you have a funny friend – make plans to grab lunch and prepare to belly laugh the day away.
What does self-love mean to you? Use this Valentine’s day as a reason to celebrate yourself, and make it a habit to practice self-love as part of your routine. It’s important to first recognize what makes you feel good and then make the time to honor those things. Comment below to let us and other Gundalow followers know how you will show yourself some love this year!