Ah, self-love. Something that the hustle and bustle of our lives – a busy schedule, crazy work week, or stressful situations in our personal lives – can quickly try to ignore or diminish. Well I’m here as your little reminder to take a moment, reflect on how your week (or life) is going, and give yourself some much needed – and deserved – love.
I’ll get to the ways of how to do that, but I also want to explain why it’s so important to us all. Did you know that self-acceptance could be the key to a happier life? One study says just that, but also that it’s the happy habit that people practice the least. It has SO many benefits – like giving you motivation to reach your health goals, helping with mental health issues, to name just a few of them.
In the craziness of life, we’ve all just got to find time for ourselves – both physically and mentally. Here are some of my favorite ways you can show yourself some love, starting now:
- Make a morning mantra. What’s something you can say to yourself every morning that will create a positive mindset for your day? Think about something you want to reinforce to yourself – that you’re beautiful? That you’re worthy? That you’re enough? Whatever you choose, work on repeating it to yourself, either in the morning, or a time in the day that feels right to have that little reminder. Positive self-talk is so huge and is truly important in treating ourselves right, so the more you practice it, the better.
- Make a list of everything you like about yourself. This may sound insane to you, but really think about it – what do you love about yourself? It can be physical attributes, qualities about yourself, whatever you want – write it down. Reference the list when you’re having a tough time, or make a point to repeat these things out loud to yourself whenever you need to. This list is only going to help you continue to realize and appreciate the amazing things you see in yourself. I’ll admit, I did this a while ago but haven’t reflected on these things in a while – time to revisit my list!
- Turn off your device for a while. We are constantly connected to our devices – whether it’s checking email, scrolling social media, or texting friends – but we all need and deserve a break sometimes. Give yourself an hour before bed to recharge and be away from the distractions, or turn your phone off while you’re relaxing on the couch tonight. Doing so is only giving you more time to reflect and live in the moment, and may also de-stress you a little without feeling like you are on and connected. We all deserve to give ourselves a break, and it can give you opportunities to do things other than scroll!
- Keep the right people around you. Self-love can be largely affected by who you’re surrounding yourself with and what you’re tolerating. If you have a friendship or relationship that isn’t serving you positively – whether they’re not treating you right or not making you feel good – get rid of it. The love you surround yourself with can only help build you up, and if you feel like something’s tearing you down, it’s time to reevaluate why you’re fighting so hard for it. It’s about time to realize you deserve better.
We’ve all had moments where self-love feels like the last thing on our list, but it’s SO important to make room for it in our daily lives. How do you practice self-love, or what tips did you find most helpful? Tell me in the comments, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org – I’d love to hear from you!