It was, of course, Valentine’s Day yesterday.

A day, of course, of commercialisation but ultimately (according to Wikipedia anyway) “a significant cultural, religious and commercial celebration of romance and love in many regions of the world”.

A day generally focused around people we love and who love us.

But there’s a form of love that’s not focused on as much as it could be.

Whitney Houston sang about it in ‘The greatest love of all’.

“Learning to love yourself, It is the greatest love of all”.

Because how we feel about ourselves can have a massive impact on how we treat ourselves.

If we talk about ourselves in a way that we would not talk about a friend, then that stands a pretty good chance of leading to knock on behaviours.

If we describe ourselves as “useless” or “broken” or that “there’s something wrong with me” then we’re likely to exhibit behaviours that confirm that to us.

Creating an ever decreasing spiral.

When we see exercise as punishment for our ‘gluttony’, it’s hard to enjoy it.

When we see our changes to our food is being about restriction and going without because of some previous ‘sin’, it’s hard going.

I often talk about how powerful a change it is to go to “just giving a sh*t about what we put in our mouth because of how it makes us look and feel”.

“Treating our body with love, care and respect”.

Easier said than done I know.

But much more lively to work longer term than beating ourselves up over our perceived failures, from my experience.

Much love

Jon ‘Greg The Hammer’ Hall

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Jon Hall
Jon Hall

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