Okay bare with us, what does it mean to say thank you to yourself? 

We want to start by saying that being grateful inherently means giving into joy and embracing what you have – and we’re here to tell you how you can do this. 

  1. Hydrate 

Ok, what? How is hydrating saying thank you to yourself? Drinking water is the number one thing you can do to keep your body healthy. Yes, eating well and exercising is all well and good but forgetting to hydrate can lead to headaches, fatigue, and just general unpleasantness. 

  1. Move your body 
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Yeah, we said it, get up from that computer. This doesn’t mean if you’re not a runner we want you to start running 5K’s at lunchtime. This means, try the idea that you can do anything in 15 minutes to overcome procrastination. Coined by Carole Buchanan, the 15-minute rule means if you can commit to something for 15 minutes you’ve gotten over the procrastination hump. 

  1. Choose workouts that work for you

Now that you’ve moved your body, find out what it is that gets you excited to move. Is it yoga? Do you like deep poses or is it maybe a fun Zumba class because you love to dance? Getting up and exercising is the best way to say thank you for a body that moves for you. 

  1. Get that Vitamin D
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We’re not saying go to the tanning beds or take supplements. We mean get up in the morning or on your break and go outside. Vitamin D from the sun is vital for your happiness and it has several important functions. Did you know that Vitamin D regulates the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, and facilitates normal immune system function

  1. Journal Weekly 

2020 has been a difficult year. Say thank you to yourself in a journal! Write about your day or journal what you are grateful for. If there is something you’ve been wanting to let go of but you don’t want to discuss it with others, write it down. You’ll feel lighter. 

  1. See or talk to your friends 
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We know this is a cliche but we can’t help but agree that laughter is the best medicine. If you’re feeling a lack of appreciation for yourself, general fatigue or just feeling down, being around others or speaking to others is a natural serotonin booster. Plus, if you have great friends or a great community like IW, you are bound to get support and love from those around you. 

  1. Stick to a nighttime routine that relaxes you 

Put that phone away at least thirty minutes before you go to sleep. Always wash your face and create a routine that you know you can stick to. It’s even helpful if you can write out your routine and tape it up on your bathroom or bedroom mirror. 

  1. Speaking of your phone, rearrange your apps
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What is the biggest time-suck for yourself? What better way to say thank you than to spend more time with yourself doing productive things. If Instagram isn’t serving you but you need it for work, try putting it as one of the last apps on your phone. This will help you break the addictive habit of needless scrolling. Then try moving apps that you have been putting off, for example, that fitness app or Duolingo to learn a new language in the front of your phone. 

  1. Put on an outfit that makes you feel confident 

And wear it to the living room if that’s where you’re going. Sometimes looking good to feel good really does work! We know that some of us aren’t going to see our friends because we can’t but step out of those yoga pants and try on your best dress, you may just say thank you to yourself. 

  1. Take a deep breath 
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You are doing great. There is no rush in life, there is just you on your own journey and everyone else on theirs. Take a moment to thank yourself for being you, for your body which lives and breathes and for this world that is so full of joy and love if you let yourself discover it. 

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