Have you spent time with yourself today? Self-love is necessary and extremely important. It is so easy to become caught up in everyday life that we neglect taking care of ourselves. We become so consume with filling the “cups” of our children, spouse, friends and family that we end up with nothing left for ourselves.
How can you give to others when you’re not giving to yourself? Start paying more attention to your needs and give yourself what everyone is requiring from you: love, time and attention.
Below, I have 10 simple self-care practices you can use on a daily or weekly basis to express love towards yourself. Make sure to comment down below any self love practices that you utilize. I look forward to reading them 🙂
“I Love Myself”: Love yourself before you can love anyone else. That person in the mirror deserves the love and respect that you’re willing to give to others. Don’t neglect pouring love and positive words into yourself daily!
Positive thoughts: Watch what you post, say, and think about yourself. Negative thoughts can manifest into real life and trick your brain into believing the false lies that your saying about yourself. It’s not an easy task to think positive thoughts daily but with work, patience and possibly seeking help from a therapist you can rewire your thoughts.
Take care of yourself: We should strive to make it a priority to take care of our hygiene, appearance, physical, emotional and mental health daily. You have to take care of the body that you were given. From the clothing that we wear, the amount of sleep we get each night, being mindful of what we eat, the things we say to ourselves and so much more. You only get one body so take care of yourself from the inside out.
Forgiveness: Forgiveness is the hardest self-care practice of them all! We are our biggest critics and often times forget that everyone including ourselves will make mistakes! Give yourself some slack and forgive yourself! Not only forgive yourself but others. A simple “I forgive you” can create a much needed breakthrough. Be easy on yourself and know that you are not perfect.
Compliment yourself: Encourage and remind yourself daily of how amazing you are. Letting yourself know “I look amazing today,” “You are so beautiful,” or “I appreciate you” can boost your self worth and confidence. Give yourself high praise for being the amazing person that you are.
“Me Time”: “Me Time” consists of taking time out of your day (10min-1hr) doing something that you enjoy. It requires you to have a mental break from the stress of your day. Having alone time daily can help with avoiding burnout, frustration and can have great benefits for your mental health. Don’t feel bad taking time out for yourself everyday it’s necessary!
Surround yourself with positivity: Remove yourself from negative people and situations daily. Negativity can drain your energy. You will never be happy until you remove yourself from negative environments or people. Walk away from the coworker who just wants to gossip. Don’t answer the phone for the friend who’s only calling to place their baggage onto you. Stay off social media for a day. Love yourself enough to let go of situations and people that are hurting not helping you.
Spa Day: I take “Self Care Sunday’s” very seriously. After a long week of work you deserve an entire day where you cater to yourself. Bring out the wine, soothing music, light candles, and create a peaceful atmosphere for yourself. Exfoliate your skin from head to toe. Give yourself a manicure and pedicure. Treat yourself at least once a week.
Laughter: You ever heard the saying “laughter is the key to happiness?” I totally agree! Turn on a comedy movie and laugh your heart out. Call a friend or family member and reminisce about the good times together. Read funny jokes. Laughter is good for the soul.
Meditate and/or Pray: Spending time in silence is important because it allows you to release negative thoughts, emotions and energy. Your mind is clear, body is relaxed and the weight of the day has been lifted off of your shoulders.
“Love yourself first because that is who you will spend the rest of your life with.”