When it comes to your mental health and well-being, it is so important to practice self-love. If you are anything like me, then maybe it’s been a while since you really took the time to compliment yourself. Maybe you haven’t dedicated a day where you could focus on nothing but YOURSELF? I noticed that when I started to put my happiness second to everyone else’s, my confidence began to drop, my mood began to shift, and I was no longer the happy go-lucky person I used to be. That’s when I decided it was time to practice self-love daily. That’s why I put together this list of 25 best ways to practice self-love. These habits instantly boosted my mood and made me feel more confident than ever before.
Talk to Yourself Like You Would to Someone You Love
When it comes to self-love it’s important to never doubt yourself and to always talk to yourself in a positive way. I am a true believer in “you are what you think you are.” Our minds are more powerful than we think. If you are constantly putting yourself down, you will start to believe the words. It’s important to use positive words, cans instead of cant’s, and always tell yourself your beautiful inside and out.
Self-Love Pamper Days
Sometimes you need to have a bubble bath and eat a box of chocolates. It’s okay. Give yourself a facial and enjoy quiet “me” time. Nothing says self-love like a little TLC. (yes it’s cliche, but seriously, enjoy time alone with yourself.)
Let Go of Toxic Relationships
If you have negative people in your life who only put you down, it’s okay to let them go. If you don’t, you are only harming yourself. Surround yourself with only those who bring happiness and positivity into your life.
Get Up Early & Get Lots of Rest
Make sure you are giving yourself a full 8 hours of rest and wake up earlier to give yourself more time during the day. I love a good self-love morning routine! I usually wake up, get ready, journal a little, practice positive affirmations and have a nice cup of coffee. It’s a great start to my morning and get’s my day started on a positive note.
Declutter Your Space
If you declutter your space, relationships, and social media you will ultimately feel happier. Get rid of objects that have no meaning or use. Any clothes you haven’t worn in the past 6 months, should go. Lastly, go through your social media and get rid of any negativity and do the same with any relationships. When it comes to self-love you need to get rid of anything toxic, including people.
Be Kind to Yourself
Self-love is all about loving yourself inside and out. It’s not vain to say “damn I look good today!”
Take a Walk:
Go for a walk, especially with your dog. This will make you feel great. Clear your mind and enjoy a little bit of nature. (sounds cliche) but you can really benefit from this. I don’t know why but I find nature so soothing.
Watch the Sunset/Sunrise
Plan a Weekend Getaway
Sometimes we need to just get away. Have you ever gone on a mini self-love staycation? They can end up being some of the best vacations you’ll ever go on! A night away by yourself, you can even treat yourself to a good massage. Take a trip to somewhere you’ve always wanted to go!
Try Something New
Ever want to do something but you were afraid? Step outside your comfort zone. This will give you the chance to learn more about yourself and even facing fears.
Don’t Compare Yourself to Others
You are you, & there’s no one like you. The more you compare yourself to others, the more damage you are doing to your self esteem. Appreciate all you have accomplished and be grateful for what you have. It can make a huge difference.
Go After Your Dreams
Even if you feel as if they are unachievable, anything is possible if you try.
Even if it’s for 20 mins. Meditation is perfect for self-love and relaxation.
Appreciate the Little Things:
Practicing gratitude is so important. I try to change my mindset. Instead of wanting something better, I will say “wow I am grateful for the roof over my head.”
Figure that out & do it always. There is no better feeling than doing something you love!
Writing anything and everything relieves stress and anxiety. Write your heart out everyday.
If something doesn’t go the way you planned or you make a mistake…Forgive yourself. No one’s perfect. Learn and grow from your mistakes.
Eat Food That Makes Your Body Feel Good:
Less junk more greens! When your body feels good, you feel good!
Get a Massage:
When we are stressed out our body tends to get sore. Getting a massage relieves stress and built up tension.
Don’t Look at Your Phone
I don’t mean never look at it but, setting aside time where you unplug and just live in the moment without worrying about your phone can be a game changer.
This will make you feel great about yourself. Even if it’s 20 mins a day or every other. Perfect way to practice self-love.
Obsess Over the Things You Love About Yourself
It’s so easy to find “flaws” but what if you would find things you love about yourself just as easily? Always compliment yourself, “Wow my hair looks great today.” instead of “Wow, my hair looks awful today.”
Drink Lots of Water
Because it is important.
Make sure your space is clean and you will instantly feel better!
Stop Trying to Please Everyone
You can’t please everyone & sometimes it’s okay to put yourself first.
Start your morning off with self-love affirmations. “I am good enough, I am beautiful, I am smart, I will have a good day.”
Related: 10 Ways to Live your Happiest Life
The more you practice these self-love habits daily, the happier you will feel.
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