•  

rss
Wellbeing Blog



February 21, 2017

Grow a Little Love...For YOU!

Nurturing love, acceptance and kindness for yourself



February can be a difficult month for self-appreciation. Perhaps we are criticizing ourselves for lack of progress toward our New Year’s goal. Or for many people the Valentine’s Day advertising and hearing about others’ romantic plans can bring about pressure to show love for others or unwanted attention to our own circumstances. Others may simply be battling the winter blues. Whatever your circumstance, this month is the perfect time to tame your inner critic and cultivate some self-love! We have some solid tips to help you realize just how great you really are and to show yourself some kindness, appreciation and compassion.



Cultivate Joy

•Drop the comparisons. Comparison is enemy number one for self-love and joy in general. There is no one on this planet like you, and no one gets to define what success or beauty looks like for you except for you.

•Start and end each day with a positive statement. This could be that you made a stranger smile or that you handled a difficult situation well – anything to make you smile or reaffirm your worth.

•Celebrate your wins, no matter how small. Be proud of your achievements!

•Embrace the qualities that make you unique.

•Get creative where you spend your time; create a fun and clean space that represents your style.

•When you’re feeling happy, make a list of your best qualities and accomplishments. Then you can refer back to this when you’re feeling down.



Cultivate Gratitude

•Keep a gratitude journal and write down at least one thing every day you are grateful for.

•Treat your body as a beloved friend and vehicle to your goals. Your body is an instrument, not an ornament; so do not spend another moment at war with your own body. Feed it nourishing food and celebrate all it’s capable of by getting regular, enjoyable movement.



Cultivate Connection

•Make time for mindfulness; it is an act of hospitality. The root of being mindful is to observe your thoughts and bodily sensations without judgement. What a perfect way to send yourself a message of love and care, to show up for yourself and to simply listen to your own being.

•Be your own best friend. Schedule time to just hang out with yourself and enjoy your own company. Treat yourself the way you would treat your best friend.

•Learn to let go. This can be much easier said than done; wounds from our past are often the root of self-despair. To really set yourself free, it may be wise to talk to a therapist about past trauma. We can also bring this concept into the small daily annoyances that keep us preoccupied with others and fill us with negative emotions.



Cultivate Care

•Eliminate toxic relationships. A “frenemy” isn’t a friend. Put your energy into friendships with people who truly want to see you succeed and be happy.

•Create a self-love ritual. Stretch your muscles, take a soothing bath, moisturize your skin, give yourself a foot massage. Find what feels good for you and prioritize these acts of self-service daily.

•Be kind to yourself. Simply make it a rule not to tolerate negative self-talk. Take time to self-sooth with words of encouragement, reaffirming your worth and strengths.

•Set boundaries and say no when you need to. Your life is too precious to be a gerbil on a wheel, over-committed to other people’s agendas. As you create more self-love you will become less dismissive of your own needs and desires. The more you respect yourself the less willing you will be to let others treat you poorly.

•Forgive yourself. Accept your own humanness and just give yourself a break. Where you criticize yourself for failure, find opportunity. Where you punish yourself for mistakes, look for growth.



Cultivate Fulfillment

•Act on your passions. Whether it’s rediscovering an old hobby or crossing something off your bucket list, do something you love regardless of practicality.

•Do something you are good at. What better way to build confidence in ourselves than utilizing our strengths?

•Be of service to those around you. Serving others will bring immediate gratification, pride, joy and connection… so many great emotional experiences that reaffirm our ability to make a positive contribution to the world.

•Use affirmations daily to declare your own self-worth. “I am enough,” “I am worthy of kindness,” and “I deserve happiness” are all examples. Try a few different affirmations to see what you really need to hear.

•Build a supportive community. Meaningful, lasting relationships are undisputedly key predictors of feelings of fulfillment. Once you have eliminated toxic relationships, you’ll be able to focus your energy on people who reciprocate your care and concern.



Building a deeply rooted self-love can be very challenging. It takes time to build a real appreciation for yourself and create habits that support your physical and psychological growth. Self-love is a prerequisite for giving and receiving the type of gratifying love that is available in the world. Select just a couple of the items from the list above to take action on in the coming week and see how you feel; you deserve it!

CLICK HERE to view the complete edition of February 2017 CBIZ Wellbeing Insights.


blog comments powered by Disqus



Live Blog Widget

Recent Posts

  • CBIZ Engagement & Wellbeing Consultants Earn Thriving Workplace Culture Certificate Posted 3 months ago
    CBIZ, Inc. is proud to announce that all consulting professionals in its CBIZ Engagement and Wellbeing Consulting practice have earned the Thriving Workplace Culture Certificate (TWCC) from Salveo Partners. The certification will further CBIZ’s mission of helping clients create healthy and happy workplace cultures that support their people and produce positive organizational outcomes.“Our firm's wellbeing consultants are equipped with a diverse and unique set of skills,” said Emily Noll, National Director of CBIZ Engagement and Wellbeing Consulting, a benefits consulting agency. “We’ve cultivated a strong, multifaceted team with direct experience in a number of wellness disciplines, including mental health, public health, nutrition, mindfulness, leadership coaching and more. The TWCC training, with an emphasis on employee experience, ethical wellness practice, and workplace culture, adds another layer of specialization and a wider range of tools to serve our clients.”CBIZ Engagement and Wellbeing Consulting is a component to the company’s robust employee benefits offerings and provides customized strategies that help employers design a thriving culture with healthy and engaged employees. Beginning in 2019, the group pursued the TWCC designation as a complement ...
  • Optimize Your Wellbeing Dollars to Take Care of Employees Posted 6 months ago
    In partnership with their clients, medical carriers often allocate funds or credits specifically for wellbeing initiatives and health communications that employers spend over the course of each year. Rules vary from carrier to carrier, but normally there is a pre-approval process for use of the money and a requirement to spend down the funds before the end of the plan year. Due to the pandemic, employers may need to rethink how and when to utilize their wellbeing dollars in 2020, as well as inquire about potential contingency plans in the event you cannot spend the money before the offer expires. Employers typically utilize their wellbeing funds for activities such as onsite classes, wellbeing challenges, screenings and health fairs. Another common use of such funds is to provide employees with incentives for participating in wellbeing program activities; rewards range from fitness tracking devices to gift cards to premium discounts. During this unique time, however, seize the opportunity to think outside the box in order to optimize wellbeing dollars to support employees’ wellbeing and reduce stress. This may include adjusting or eliminating the ...
  • Next Practices in Workplace Wellbeing Consulting Posted last year
      We are excited to announce the next evolution of our wellbeing practice!  We have re-branded CBIZ Wellbeing Solutions to CBIZ Engagement & Wellbeing Consulting. This change reflects the importance of the broader impact of workplace culture on employee health. We believe our knowledge and expanded services in this area will help clients’ assess and improve both organizational health and employee wellbeing. A thriving workplace culture is essential to employee health and positive organizational outcomes.  National Practice Director, Emily Noll, shares that “research affirms that no wellbeing program, however well-designed, will work in a fragile or resistant workplace culture with low employee engagement.”   The link between employee engagement and wellbeing is clear.  For example:  Employees with strong overall wellbeing are 6 times more likely to be more engaged compared to those with low wellbeing, and 32% more likely to stay with a company (Gallup). Teams who score in the top 20% in engagement realize a 41% reduction in absenteeism and 59% less turnover (Gallup), while disengaged employees costs U.S. Business up to $550 billion a year (The Engagement Institute). In organizations where employees ...
  • Health Fair Planning 101: Host an event employees will love Posted last year
    Health fairs have been a staple of many benefits and wellbeing programs for years. They offer employees the opportunity to gain a greater knowledge and understanding of the resources available to them through their employer and community. However, coordinating a fair can be labor intensive and planners are often surprised and understandably disappointed with low employee turnout. To make your efforts worthwhile and host an event your employees will show up to and truly enjoy attending, we’ve put together a list of our favorite strategies: Stay on Target As with any event, it’s important to have a goal or objective when organizing a health fair. What is it that you want to achieve and, most importantly, what type of experience do you want to create? Having a clear vision for what you want the experience to be will allow you to filter and prioritize your ideas as you begin planning. Here are some examples: To create a forum where employees get excited and have fun while engaging with their co-workers and community partners. To launch a new program/initiative/strategic design in a ...
  • 8 Ways to Celebrate International Week of Happiness at Work Posted last year
    There are countless benefits to building a culture at work that focuses on workplace happiness.  Research shows that being happier at work is tied to better health, more creative and effective problem solving, employees who are more willing to contribute beyond their job description, lower absenteeism, less turnover, fewer mistakes, and higher customer loyalty and retention.  It was these proven benefits that inspired Dutch company, Happy Office to create and launch International Week of Happiness at Work.    Their goal is to inspire people as well as entire organizations to bring happiness into the work place as the norm, not the exception.  Their manifesto states “happiness at work is about meaningful work, healthy relationships, development and having fun. Let’s create a workplace to stimulate fun, appreciation, positive feedback, awesome challenges, trust, meaningful results and own responsibilities. Let us, as employees, employers, entrepreneurs, organizations and especially as human beings work together to make happiness at work the norm and not the exception.” International Week of Happiness at Work is September 23 – 27 and is currently celebrated in more than 30 countries ...
Read More »