On a scale of 1-10 how much do you love yourself right now?
Self-love encompasses not only how you treat yourself but also your thoughts and feelings about yourself. Self-love means that you accept yourself fully, treat yourself with kindness and respect, and nurture your growth and wellbeing.
Why do we need to love ourselves?
"If you grew up without any models for self-love or anyone who talked to you about the importance of being good to yourself, you might question its value.
Well, without self-love, you're likely to be highly self-critical and fall into people-pleasing and perfectionism. You're more likely to tolerate abuse or mistreatment from others. You may neglect your own needs and feelings because you don't value yourself. And you may self-sabotage or make decisions that aren't in your own best interest.
Self-love is the foundation that allows us to be assertive, set boundaries and create healthy relationships with others, practice self-care, pursue our interests and goals, and feel proud of who we are." (Sharon Martin)
What Are The 5 Love Languages?
Words of Affirmation - This Love Language is all about words. Kind and encouraging words. People who have this language need to hear kind words in order to feel loved.
Physical Touch - This Love Language is all about physical touch. This doesn’t necessarily mean physical intimacy, but any type of physical affection like holding hands, hugging, or even just sitting close. People with this language feel loved when they have physical contact with their partner.
Receiving Gifts - This Love Language is all about the thoughtfulness of a gift. It’s not about the cost, but the thought behind it. People with this language feel loved when they receive gifts, no matter how small.
Quality Time - This Love Language is all about spending time together. It’s not just quantity, but quality. These people feel loved when they can have undivided attention from their partner.
Acts of Service - This Love Language is all about doing things for others. It could be making dinner, taking the dog for a walk, or filling up their car with gas. People who have this language feel loved when their partner does something to help them out.
Do you know your main love language? Take this simple quiz below to find out!
Here Are 50 Ways To Practice Self-Love Using Your Love Language:
Words of Affirmation
Repeat self-love affirmations
Start a gratitude journal
Write positive notes to yourself and stick them around your space
Write yourself a love letter
Take time to journal and reflect daily with yourself
Listen to self-love podcasts
Create a self-love playlist
Make artwork with inspiring messages for yourself
Record yourself saying all the things you love about yourself and watch whenever you feel down or as often as you want
Cultivate a beautiful skincare routine
Draw yourself a bath
Schedule a massage or facial appointment
Do some yoga or gentle stretching
Pleasure yourself ;-)
Use body oils to moisture your skin
Schedule a hair or nail appointment
Give yourself a big hug for at least one whole minute
Create a consistent workout schedule
Buy yourself flowers
Enroll in a new class or course
Start a DIY project
Order take out
Invest in your business or hobbies
Do a little retail therapy
Splurge on something you've been wanting to get
Celebrate your achievements and treat yourself
Plan a trip that you've been wanting to go on
Revamp your space with new home décor items
Schedule a date night with yourself
Go to a café
Read a book or watch a tv series
Wake up early to watch the sunrise
Watch the sunset somewhere by yourself
Make plans with close friends
Listen to music and dance alone
Paint or draw by yourself
Acts of Service
Check something off your to-do list
Do something your future self will thank you for
Declutter or clean your space
Cook yourself a nourishing meal
Donate to a cause you believe in
Set monthly goals to work towards
Set healthy boundaries
Let go of what is no longer serving you
Meal prep for the week ahead
“Love yourself. Be clear on how you want to be treated. Know your worth. Always.” – Maryam Hasnaa