3 ways to practice self love on Valentine’s Day
We’re flipping the script on a day that normally celebrates couples in love. We want to remind you why your #1 place in your heart should be reserved for one person: yourself. This Valentine’s Day, we invite you to learn to love yourself.
Self-love is a popular term that usually gets thrown around in everyday conversation, and sometimes we don’t even know what that means. Why? Because self-love is different for everyone. Sometimes, self-love is putting on your favorite dress. Sometimes, self-love is baking a beautiful cake and gifting it to your friend. Sometimes, self-love is revealing something in a therapy session.
All I really know is that when I feel my lowest, when I’m in a ball on the cold, tile floor of my bathroom uncontrollably sobbing due to self-deprecating thoughts, the only remedy is being compassionate to myself and practicing self-love.
If you feel like you struggle with self-love, here are three ways to practice compassion with yourself:
We are so hard on ourselves. Especially as women, we feel the external and internal pressure to be perfect all the time and in every way: physically, mentally, in our career, friendships, relationships, and the list goes on… It is exhausting. But here’s the thing: no one is perfect. And sometimes we need remind ourselves of that true statement. If you learn and grow from your mistakes, there are no failures; only life lessons.
Do you feel like you’re spinning 10,000 plates and there’s no end in sight? Use this as an opportunity to change that. Set limits in your personal and professional life as well as with yourself. Say no to activities that deplete you physically, emotionally and spiritually. Chances are, your performance in any activity or relationship that doesn’t make you happy reflects poorly on your personality. Say “thank u next” to anything that doesn’t make you smile!
Do what feels good.
Treat your body like a vessel to boost your self-love and energy. When you become in tune with your body and eat intuitively, that self-love will radiate from within. Do what feels good with your body: move your body in a way that sparks joy and be intentional about what you put into your body.
Who has ever heard this: “You just need an ego-boost!” But, here’s a harsh reality: boosting your ego doesn’t make you feel better. Well, maybe a quick second. But if you want to make self-love sustainable throughout life, then talk to yourself like you would your best friend. Be kind, gentle and loving to yourself. So, here’s your Valentine’s Day mantra:I forgive myself. I will set boundaries in relationships. I will do what feels good.