Updated: Dec 11, 2019
Self-love is a popular concept these days, but the term really means something different for each person because we each have distinct ways to show that we love ourselves.
By: Tatiana Cortes
It is essential to figure out what self-love looks like for you as an individual. After all, the lack or the emphasis of prioritizing yourself will have an impact in your life and everything you do – The good news is that you get to choose if you want that impact to be positive. Don’t stress! We have put a list together to help you, either get started or expand the self-love practice:
Create A Self-Love Ritual:
Turn off the TV and unplug from social media for at least 15 minutes to pamper yourself. The ritual can look different for many of you; but it could be from taking a relaxing candle-lit bath to emptying your head from all thoughts (trying at least) and focusing on your breathing, exhaling-inhaling - A quick deep-breathing routine can relieve stress.
Switch Things Up
We are all creatures of habit, but making small changes in your day gives you a chance to notice things you never had noticed before. Adding excitement and experiencing something new, like switching your daily walking pattern or buying your groceries at a new store. This switch will make you mindful about your actions instead of just going through the motions; And that feels good!
Make yourself a priority! Protecting your energy is an easy way to ensure you are giving yourself time to recharge and avoid burnout. When we say no, we are asking others to trust our boundaries, letting them know we are not willing to negotiate on them. Saying “no” might not be easy, but sticking up for yourself is an act of self-love and a way to show yourself that you’re willing to put yourself first.
Build Your Letting-Go Muscle
We are constantly holding onto things from our past and this tends to weigh heavy on our souls. The more blocks we clear, the more we can expand the love for ourselves. We hold on to things to protect ourselves from hurting, but the reality is that it’s only holding us back from moving forward, from reaching self-acceptance and from loving who we are.
Enjoy A Hobby
Whether is bike riding, getting crafty, or taking some creative insta pics - Dedicating time to your passion helps you relieve stress. If you don’t have a hobby yet, make time to explore new activities.
Make Time For Gratitude
You can start small by naming one thing about yourself that you are grateful for today. Maybe it’s your ability to bounce back after a difficulty, or your ability to be present and enjoy time with your loved ones. Whatever it is, Own it!! It makes you, you - Realizing that is what self-love is all about.