Valentine’s Day is our yearly reminder to celebrate those we love the most. We buy gifts and write sweet notes to our partners, best friends, siblings, and even our pets. But what about ourselves?
Self-love is an incredibly powerful way to take charge of your life and honor the unique person you are. Sadly, many of us struggle with showing ourselves the same love we offer others. Make this the February you shower yourself with a healthy dose of self-love!
What is Self-love?
Self-love is not selfish, self-indulgent, or narcissistic. In fact, it’s just the opposite! When we have compassion and patience for ourselves, we are much more likely to give the same to others.
More accurately, self-love is a way of honoring yourself for who you are, releasing judgement and punishment, and treating yourself with the same kindness you would treat a cherished friend. With self-love, we are more confident, relaxed, optimistic, adaptive, and even happier.
Learn to Love Yourself this Valentine’s Day
We all deserve a little self-love. Here’s how to honor yourself this Valentine’s Day:
Fuel Your Fire
Self-love starts with nourishment. Your body is an amazing machine, feed it the good stuff! A healthy diet that’s packed with fresh fruits and vegetables, the right fats, gut-supporting probiotics, and key vitamins will not only make for a strong body, but a happy mind as well. This Valentine’s Day, cook yourself a deliciously healthy meal and keep the habit up all year long.
Move and Groove
Treat your heart to some love this Valentine’s Day with some blood-pumping exercise. Try a heart-opening yoga sequence, a quick run, or turn up your favorite tunes and dance the night away. Exercise is good for the heart and crushes depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem.
Invest in Your Health
Forget the chocolates and flowers – this year, buy yourself something that will really make your heart sing. An investment in your health always pays back dividends. Make an appointment with the massage therapist or naturopath you’ve been meaning to check out. Stock up on omega-3’s to protect your heart and brain. Buy a class pass to your favorite gym or studio. You deserve it!
Send Your Future Self a Love Letter
Most of us have something we don’t love about ourselves. Maybe it’s our weight, our career choices, our laugh. Whatever your sore spots are, it’s time to rewrite the story and celebrate the good. Draft an email to yourself and schedule it to send in 3-6 months. Write your future self a letter about the things you are celebrating today and a few self-love goals you’ll be taking on moving forward. This is a powerful exercise in treating yourself like a friend and will be a heart-warming surprise in a few months’ time!
Self-Love is in the Air
Shower everyone with love this Valentine’s Day – especially yourself.