Self-Love: Cultivating Relaxation


Self–Love – May 20, 2011

“I’m still feeling off”, Al told me this morning as we were walking back from our post breakfast nap in the sun, by the pool.

“Maybe its relaxation,” I noted as we continued walking back to our room to get ready to hike Diamond Head.

I can’t remember the last time I woke up on my own, hung out, drinking coffee in bed, next, stretching on the floor, followed by having a delicious light breakfast before going outside to sit in a Jacuzzi to massage away left over stiffness before taking a nap in the sun!

I had almost fallen asleep in the early morning sun, and it did take a little extra energy to get up off the lounge when Al asked if I was ready to go for our hike.

Off we went to Diamond Head! Water bottles, granola bars and a camera, we were set! The hike is only .7 miles each way, but that is deceiving. The vertical ascent and the uneven trail gave our bodies a work out. At the top of Diamond Head we were able to see Waikiki beach to our right, and Maui all the way in the distance to our left. The views were breathtaking!

After descending the mountain, we took a cab back to our hotel, and went walking in search for lunch. We ended up sitting in the sunshine outside of the Cheesecake Factory, people watching and enjoying a delicious lunch. An afternoon nap was next on our agenda.

When Al woke up, he said, “I’m still tired, that hike kicked my butt!” I’m not sure about Al, but I’m recognizing that I’m not tired. This sensation I’ve had all day is relaxation!

It’s 3:30, I’m doing one of my favorite things, which is writing this blog, and I think we’ll go down to the pool and lay in the sun for a little while.

Aloha! You don’t have to be in Hawaii to cultivate relaxation, although, it couldn’t hurt! How do you bring relaxation into your life? I’d love to hear your story.



Michelle Minero is a licensed marriage family therapist who specializes in eating disorder recovery. She created an intensive outpatient eating disorder program in 2000, brought ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc.) to Petaluma shortly after and founded EDRS (Eating Disorder Recovery Support, Inc.), a Marin and Sonoma County based 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2005. In 2011, Michelle co-founded the Love Warrior Community with her daughter, Emelina, an online community that helps people cultivate self-love, self-acceptance and body acceptance through creative expression. Michelle is finishing her book, Self-Love: The Only Diet That Works, and her dream is to see a world filled with people who love themselves and their bodies. Connect with Michelle on Facebook and Twitter and help spread the Self-Love Movement!

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1 Response to Self-Love: Cultivating Relaxation

  1. Michael Sosa says:

    Ahhh! This brings me back to when you and I climbed diamond head. Although you and I did not relax as much. I can imagine myself there right now, lying in the sun. Damn- I am still at work. Lol.

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