To get love we must contribute too. Our environment can fill or siphon our love. What we watch, what we read, what we hear, can easily affect how we perceive love. Giving love is receiving love which is one way to contribute to filling up our love tank but what happens when expectations don’t meet our reality? Toxic thoughts about love can easily have us questioning are we loved, are we giving enough love or even have us questioning are we capable of giving/receiving love. Thriving thoughts redirect our thinking toward what does love mean to me and how can I give it to others. Taking care of another person’s well being is showing love. Doing their dishes. Doing their laundry. Taking out the trash. Going out to dinner. Going on an adventure. Being kind. It’s not always flashy and glamorous. Showing love can be simple and effective. Negativity breeds negativity so doesn’t it make sense that positivity would breed positivity. One of the important things everyone has to do in order to feel love is to know what makes you feel loved. Seriously think about this for a bit. Doesn’t it feel super nice when you walk into your room and the bed is made with clean sheets? Doesn’t it feel super great when you come home after a long day and your animals(two legged or four legged lol) greet you at the door with admiration and affection. Doesn’t it feel amazing to wake up and walk out into the sunlight soaking in the warmth and openness. I know it’s really hard to find those moments in this dark, cloudy and cold weather but doesn’t it feel so nice to sip on a hot beverage and feel your body warming up from the inside out. These are all ways to fill up your love tank if you recognize the signs that you are loved. Some days are a struggle for sure which is why every chance you can be sure to find ways to fill up your love tank. Write them down if you have to. Grab you a jar, vase, box or just a book. Fill it up and when you can’t seem to find the love pull out your love tank for reminders on how to give and receive love. As always, please take good care of yourself.
Jessica Shumard, with Elevating Peaceful Purpose is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) practicing in the State of Missouri. As a trained master’s level mental health counselor she has 15 years experience working with individuals navigating depression, anxiety, grief, major life stressors, life transitions, work/life balance, caregiver stressors, boundaries, self-esteem, environmental stressors, and finding overall balance/wellness. Elevating Peaceful Purpose’s goal is to empower you to navigate through the mess of life. Together working to find your inner harmony, reduce stress, transform limiting beliefs, calm the mind, fuel the body and find balance within your spirit. Call (877) 785-7273 or email JShumardLPC@iTherapymail.com to set up a FREE 20-minute consultation. Visit Jessica Shumard’s profile page.