Manifest the year of your dreams by going inward. Renew You 2017 is a month of mindfulness during which we’ll share content that guides you to create a deeply rooted intention for the new year. We’ll help you navigate inevitable obstacles with the latest science on habits, motivation, ritual, and more and equip you with tried-and-true techniques to outsmart even the toughest inner critic.
Looking to make a change in the new year? Approaching new habits from a place of self-satisfaction gives you a leg up in achieving your goals. Cultivating a self-affirmation practice has been shown to increase one's ability to problem-solve, and it gives you a sunnier outlook on life and can even be good for your physical health. Research found that self-encouragement led to better health decisions. And recently divorced individuals were found to recover from emotional trauma more quickly when they spoke compassionately to themselves. Self-love isn't a fleeting feeling; it's a skill you can hone, and should.
A self-love practice is easy to grow.
- To start, write out a list of eight things you genuinely love about yourself.
- Hang it in a place you pass often, like a bathroom mirror or a refrigerator.
- Read it every day, then notice how those qualities come to life throughout your day.
- Every Sunday, add a new item to your list.
Elizabeth Inglese is a writer living in San Fransisco, California. She earned her bachelor’s in english literature and cultures from Brown University and her master's in writing from The University of Southern California. She's the former Deputy Editor of mbg, and has also worked for Vogue, Architectural Digest, Bon Appetit, and Good Magazine covering food, health, and culture. A collector of curious facts and an avid puzzle solver, Inglese is happiest when cooking for her family and friends.