Self-Love Diet Tip # 26: Slow Down

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While I was on vacation with my husband in Maui this past week, a family of 6 helped me practice an important Self-Love Diet tool.

As I was walking down the outside corridor towards my hotel room, I noticed the beauty of the shiny Terra Cotta floor colored tiles and felt the heat of the sunshine on my body and the warm breeze on my shoulders. I was relaxed and ready to get my suit on and go in the pool.

As I turned the corner, there was a family of 6 in front of me.  A mother was picking up her 3-year-old son off of the floor of the hallway, a grandmother was helping the 5- year -old girl put towels in the stroller, a 7- year-old boy was dragging his towel along the side of the railing, and a grandfather was cautiously walking over the rounded tiles of the floor with the help of his cane.

I came to an abrupt stop when I saw them ahead of me. I deliberately slowed my pace to give them the space and time they needed to navigate the hallway to their room. My pace felt uncomfortably slow, stilted and unusual. I realized that I never walk that slow.

Self-Love Diet tip # 26, slow down, may or may not speak to you, but I’m imagining that I’m not the only one who fills my plate of life to overflowing, and then finds it difficult to be relaxed and calm as my commitments increase and my deadlines approach.

This is the last day of my vacation. I’ve gone to the office, checked my messages, made a few phone calls, brought my mail home, paid bills and am now sharing with you a Self-Love Diet tip that I will hold close to my heart. Slowing down is a “goal” I’ve had since I became conscious of my fast paced, goal and action-oriented life.

I thank this family for inviting me to feel the awkwardness of that slow gait. I will do my best to remember it as I move forward with the three next big events on my calendar for the upcoming months.

Would you benefit from slowing down a bit? If so, I’d love to hear from you if you decide to put this Self-Love Diet (SLD) tip into practice.

Blessings on your 31-Day Self-Love Diet Writing Challenge,

Michelle Minero

31-Day Self-Love Writing Challenge

January is Self-Love month, and it marks the 4th year that we’ve hosted the 31-Day Self-Love Writing Challenge. You can participate by submitting your self-love writing to be published on this blog. You can submit your writing here. You can also participate by writing your self-love posts on your own blog and linking back to the 31-Day Self-Love Writing Challenge, 2014 blog post and Facebook event. If you don’t start on January 1st, that’s fine! You can jump into the challenge whenever you want.

Win a Copy of Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works

Each blog post you write is one entry into our random drawing to win an autographed copy of my book, Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works. You’ll also be entered into our drawing to win our upcoming Self-Love e-products that we’ll be announcing soon.

If you don’t feel comfortable sharing your self-love writing, you can write in a journal or write yourself self-love emails. If writing isn’t for you, simply reading others’ self-love writing can be powerful and beneficial to you on your self-love journey.

Michelle Minero, MFT 3Michelle Minero is a licensed marriage family therapist who specializes in eating disorder recovery. Michelle’s book, Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works, was published on January 23, 2013. You can purchase a copy through Amazon. Her dream is to see a world filled with people who love themselves and their bodies.

Michelle 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 theLove Warrior Community with her daughter, Emelina, an online community that helps people cultivate self-love, self-acceptance and body acceptance through creative expression. Connect with Michelle on Facebook and Twitter.

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