Six Ways to Practice Self-Love
What if the act of taking care of you helped you to be better able to be present to the ones you love in your life? What if you could do simple things that could help you feel happier and more grounded in your life?
This is one beautiful piece of what self-love is all about: simple moves that invite in more joy.
There are many ways to practice self-love, and here are six ideas to get your started:
Schedule in Rest
When I say schedule in rest, I mean literally looking at what your planner says for today or even this week and writing in where you can take a few moments of rest. From a nap to simply sitting outside to going to bed early, give yourself the gift of truly letting your body, mind, and heart take a break from your to-do list and rest.
When I watch how freely my four-year-old daughter expresses her crabbiness when she’s tired, I sometimes think about how so many of us feel the same way because we’re going through our lives exhausted. But we don’t express what we need because unlike my four year old, we just keep going and ignore it. Or we take it out on others and don’t even realize it. Try to notice when you’re own crabbiness flares and see if you can rest for even just a couple of minutes to give yourself (and those around you) a break.
And remember, rest isn’t being lazy or not getting enough done or being selfish. Rest is giving your body and mind what you need so you can be fully present in the other moments of your life.
Put Down Your Phone
But it can also really distract of us from the beautiful world around us, from “in-person” living.
This week, practice self-love by putting down your phone and being present to the life around you. Schedule in breaks where you even put your phone in a drawer or another room. Let people know that you won’t always be available on their timeline. Even if you only do this for five minutes at a time. Try it.
Buy Yourself Flowers
You can also let someone in your life know that you’d love it if they would sometimes buy you flowers. Asking for what you really want, instead of expecting your loved one to read your mind, becomes another act of self-love.
Wear Your Favorite Clothes
Take a Selfie (Yes, a Selfie!)
Do Something Your Really Love
What do you love to do? Walk around a bookstore? Get a pedicure? Watch The West Wing? Knit? Bake cookies? Schedule in some of your favorite things and boost your joy.
If you need a few more ideas, check out my Self-Care Tools collection and these other guides: