During this time of year we take the time to share our love for our friends and partners. And I know many of you say “i show my love to them everyday not only at Valentine’s” and that's amazing. But let me ask you, how many times a week do you show love to yourself?
How many times would you tell yourself “I love you and thank you for all you’ve done?” or “wow girl you did amazing”?
I have friends that will say,”isn't that being a bit narcissist?” and maybe a little bit if you have a photo of yourself as your screensaver, but hey is never too much love when it comes to self-love.
So what exactly is self-love? …
Self-love is the act of treating yourself with kindness, respect, and understanding. It is about recognizing your worth and value, and taking the time to do things that make you happy and feel good about yourself.
Is learning to set boundaries with others, and not sacrificing your values or beliefs. And if you are like me, the hardest part is to learn to forgive yourself for mistakes or failures. I believe that sometimes we are the hardest with those who we take for granted. And that is a big mistake, either in a relationship, friendship and especially with yourself.
Ultimately, self-love is about having a positive, healthy relationship with yourself.
HOW TO PRACTICE SELF-LOVE
Practicing self-love is an important part of leading a healthy, happy life. Here are some tips to help you on your journey:
- Spend time with yourself. Take time every day to do something for yourself. Whether it’s reading a book, meditating, going for a walk, or taking a bubble bath, it’s important to make time to do something that makes you feel good.
- Celebrate your successes. We can often be hard on ourselves, but it’s important to take the time to recognize and celebrate your successes. Whether it’s something big or small, give yourself credit and be proud of your accomplishments.
- Take care of your body. Taking care of your physical health is a great way to practice self-love. Make sure to get enough rest, stay hydrated, eat healthy meals, and exercise regularly.
- Get to know yourself. Spend time getting to know yourself and your likes, dislikes, and values. Journaling or talking to a therapist can be great ways to help you better understand yourself and your needs.
- Practice self-compassion. Speak to yourself with the same compassion and understanding that you would show to a friend. Notice your inner dialogue and work on replacing negative thoughts with kinder and more compassionate ones.
Self-love isn’t something that happens overnight. It takes time and practice. But with some patience and effort, you can learn to love yourself and feel confident and happy in your own skin.
Let's try to be nicer to ourselves!
Happy love day