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Fall In Love With Yourself - Self Love

Posted on 13 February 2017

Self Love
 

February is the official month of love. There’s no doubt about it. It’s all red heart balloons and romantic bouquets of roses. It’s boxes of chocolates, champagne and candlelight dinners, mini teddy bears and mushy HallMark cards. Whether you’re single or in a relationship, this month is dedicated to sharing and spreading the love with all your friends and family. 

 

But as with any holiday, Valentine’s Day comes with it’s own set of pressures (like finding the absolute perfect gift or helping the kiddos out with those store bought cards). In an effort to make sure everyone around you is feeling all warm and fuzzy, it’s easy to overlook the most important type of love there is: self-love.

 

Self-love is appreciating oneself, wholeheartedly and unconditionally. It grows from the actions we do in our everyday life, from the thoughts we think to how we speak to ourselves to how we treat our body. Practicing self love has tons of awesome side-effects. It creates peace and harmony within your life. You learn how to let things go that weren’t meant for you and prioritize the things that are truly meaningful. Self love gives you the inner strength to go after your dreams and embrace challenges. It allows you to be more creative, inspired, and at home in your own skin. Also, it’s a great de-stresser. It’s really a win-win all the way around. So what better day to practice self love than on the day of love itself!

 

Here are 21 easy, quick ways you can practice a little self-love this Valentine’s Day and Every Day:

  • Take a bubble bath, complete with your favorite book, candles, and bath bomb. If you can’t squeeze in the time, try soaking your feet with epsom salts instead.

  • Curl up under a blanket and pop in your favorite movie, whether it’s an 80’s classic or cheesy Matthew McConaughey rom-com.

  • Drink a big mug of green or herbal tea 

  • Meditate. Even if it’s only for two minutes or a full thirty minutes. Give yourself just a little bit of time to have total peace and quiet in your mind and heart. 

  • Find your favorite positive, empowering quote and repeat it to yourself throughout the day. Write it down on a card and slip it inside your purse. 

  • Listen to your favorite throwback songs and sing along at the top of your lungs (Mr. Brightside a la Cameron Diaz, anyone?)

  • Laugh, laugh, laugh. Go on YouTube and find a funny stand-up comedian to watch. Laughing has been proven to not only put you in a good mood but it’s healthy too. Laughing boosts the immune system, decrease street hormones, and release endorphins. 

  • Move your body whether it’s lifting some serious weight, stretching it out in yoga, or dancing to your guilty pleasure song at full volume. 

  • Treat yourself. Buy something new that you love and that makes you happy, like new cute workout outfit or a new book you’ve been dying to read.

  • Practice gratitude. Say thank you throughout the day and take notice how you feel at night.

  • Write down your gratitude. Once a day, write down one thing you are grateful for and put it in a jar. At the end of the week, go back and reread them all. 

  • Throw on a wild shade of red lipstick and huge pair of shades to feel like a movie star, even if you’re just driving around running errands

  • Feel the power of aromatherapy by lighting your favorite, most delicious smelling candle. Don’t have one? Buy one!

  • Make a list of your good qualities and everything else you love about yourself. Keep it somewhere in your room or by a mirror so you can look at it the days you feel crummy.

  • Unplug from social media and detox your soul. It’s easy to remember all the great things you have in your life when you stop comparing yourself to to everybody else.

  • Give yourself a break. So you didn’t get to everything on your to-do list. Allow yourself those moments to pass without judging yourself. 

  • Give back to help others. Schedule a time you can volunteer. 

  • Be intentional about what you put into your body. Think good, positive thoughts. Whenever you begin to think something harsh or judgmental, telling yourself you can’t do something, immediately expel it from your mind and replace it with something positive. 

  • Connect with nature. Go for a short walk out in the fresh air or if it’s too cold, get a cute indoor plant.

  • Set boundaries. Practice saying no to things that aren’t beneficial for you physically, emotionally, and spiritually. 

  • Clean something. Cleaning out your closet or reorganizing your drawer can be surprisingly therapeutic. Getting rid of the old to make room for the new can not only clear some physical space, but mental space too. Plus you can maybe even find that favorite sweater you’ve been looking for for ages.

 

So, what would you do today to practice self-love?  Comment below and let me know.  Would love to hear from you 😘

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21 Ways to Practice Self Love

 

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