Sarah Baker is the founder of BalancedBabe.com, a holistic health publication that talks all about holistic health, wellness, plant-based recipes, and personal growth tips for women.
And Sarah says that mental health is a critic part of wellness for women, especially when it comes to self-love. “I would say that the number one factor for mental health and the roadblocks that women come across when it comes to mental well-being is definitely self-image,” she says.
Dr. Reginald Richardson, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at The Family institute at Northwestern agrees. “The pressures particularly of young girls of being perfect, and whatever perfect means, right? Because none of us are perfect, this idea makes it almost impossible to find the right thing.”
And self-love was a lesson that Sarah learned firsthand through her experiences as a fashion model, “I would constantly compare myself to other girls. I smoked a pack a day of cigarettes for about 5 years. That`s really not good for a teenager to be that obsessed. Because you`re being weighed all the time and measured by everybody in that industry, you end up just kind of picking yourself apart.
Sarah picked up a couple self-love strategies along the way:
Take time for yourself.
Sarah says: “Pick a day a week and maybe that could be a Saturday or a Sunday where you just allow yourself to do what you want. ”
Share your struggles.
Sarah says: “Getting any emotions or thoughts or struggles or stresses from the week out to a girlfriend that you know you can confide in can really help.”
Check in with yourself.
Sarah says: “I think checking in with ourselves daily is extremely important. You can wake up and as you`re drinking your cup of coffee, as yourself how am I feeling today and what do I want to achieve today? Or at the end of the day, after a long day of work or school or whatever you`re doing, you can check in with yourself.”