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Valentine’s Day – 7 ways to practice self-love

Abigail Shiers
Abigail Shiers

Valentine’s Day puts the emphasis on love for someone special in your life. But did you ever think that, hey, YOU are someone special in your life?

Why not make Valentine’s day about loving yourself?

Too often as we focus on loved ones, friends and family, we are quick to dismiss the importance of showering this love right back onto ourselves.  We are so busy and distracted with our devices that rarely do we take a moment to step back and assess what our true needs are.

When we neglect ourselves, we risk depleting ourselves, running on empty. The more burnt out we are, the worse our interactions with our loved ones, our work, and in the end, we suffer.

In honour of February 14, the designated day of love, here are 7 ways to practice self-love:

Declutter your space

Living or working in chaos can deeply affect your mood and create a feeling of chaos within. An open, organized space can be freeing and uplifting.  We’re not saying you have to keep your space perfectly clean, but taking a little time to tidy up can make a big difference.

Getting rid of that pile of clothes you’ve been meaning to donate or sorting through that stack of papers you’ve been staring at for months can be quite refreshing. Think of it as getting rid of the old to make room for the new!

Pamper yourself

Simple self-care techniques like, taking a detox bath, putting on a face mask, going to the gym, indulging in a massage or prioritising quality sleep are all ways of respecting your body and showing it the love, it needs (and deserves!).

Nourish your body

Replenishing your body with clean water and real, whole food is a loving gesture. As they say, you are what you eat. If you eat rubbish, you tend to feel rubbish. Show your body that it matters by providing the high-quality nutrients it needs to thrive.

Leave yourself a note

Why not try writing a positive note or listing your goals as a reminder somewhere that you will see it every morning. For example, you could stick a note on your mirror, so you can’t avoid it. It’s a great way to wake up each day.

Get a helper’s high

Did you know that there is such thing as a helper’s high and that altruism can reduce stress? Doing something kind for others makes us happier and although being of service is important, there are countless little ways to make a difference.

Try spreading a little magic by setting the goal of giving at least one unexpected compliment, appreciation, or random act of kindness every day. Feel the glow of watching others’ light up and seeing them feel lighter.

De-Stress Yourself!

Adult colouring books, puzzles and crosswords can be a fun way to give your mind a break from the stress of work. And, they’re therapeutic, too!

Commit to sleep

Make today the day you finally turn off social media half an hour before bed. Not only will it help you get better sleep, but it will help you wind down earlier and more calmly. Turn off your phone, leave it in a drawer or different room (or at least face down to avoid blue light), and try something new. Do a crossword puzzle. Enjoy the first chapter of a new book. Perhaps try listening to a podcast or meditating?

Whatever you do this Valentine’s Day, do it for you.

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