How to Nurture Yourself to Lose Weight

Written by Patrick LABORDE

I feel like I already know you, my loyal reader. I would guess that you might answer yes to at least one of these three questions:

Are you super busy and feel like you never have enough time?

Do you feel like you should be “taking care of something” when you are not doing something?

Are you unhappy with some aspect of your life?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, don’t worry. I’ve got your back!

So the older you get the busier your life gets, right?  You have turned into a multi-tasking ninja and life is this song on repeat, “Work, work, work, work, work.” (Thanks Rihanna.  Clever lyrics huh?) But hey, she’s right. Whether it’s at home, an office, or out and about, we are on the move all the time!

I want to suggest that it’s time to take a step back and look out for…guess who??? YOU.  Yes, it’s time that you take some time out of your busy schedule and do something solely for you. Something that feels good and revitalizes you.

It’s so important to feed your soul. Many people don’t realize that so much power can come from nurturing yourself. It’s not selfish to take time for yourself. Let me ask you: if you are not taking care of yourself, how can you truly take care of others?  Being burned out doesn’t help anyone. By nurturing yourself, you make it possible to give more to others.

When you spend time alone, you gain self-awareness and connect with yourself in ways that you can’t do any other time.  It’s also a time of healing and rejuvenation.  Your mind, body and spirit will align and balance you. You will feel more motivated and inspired to continue with your work and get things done. And believe me: when you are happy, those around you are happy. Am I right?!

Take a moment and make a list of all the things that make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Things like:

  1. Sleeping in and having breakfast in bed
  2. Taking a bath and doing some visualizations
  3. Lighting candles, listening to soft music and reading a romantic novel good book
  4. Giving yourself a facial or painting your nails
  5. Cooking/baking your favorite treat
  6. Going on a walk
  7. Doing an art project
  8. Getting a massage or facial at a salon
  9. Watching one of your favorite movies and having popcorn
  10. Scheduling some time with a therapist or a coach
  11. Going on a weekend retreat to learn something fun or get some needed relaxation
  12. Taking a vacation or a weekend trip to the beach

There are so many things you could do to nature yourself. The point is to pick something that makes you feel like a million bucks and gives you a little pep-in-your-step again.

It would also be helpful to your relationships with friends and loved ones to encourage them to take time to nature themselves. It’s a great lesson to teach children and young people so they grew up and knowing how important self-care is.

Self-care and alone time is helpful for a romantic relationship as well, so when the two of you come back today together you will be more present, loving and grounded for each other.


Healthy nurturing is the key to weight loss. Let me repeat: healthy nurturing. This is not an attempt to drown your sorrows or mask your sadness with some kind of coping mechanism. The point is to do something that feeds your soul so that you can de-stress and be 100% to present to work on your goals and transform your life.

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