Self-love is an act of appreciating yourself and valuing your being.
It grows through actions you take to support your overall well-being and happiness. The way you take care of your physical, emotional and spiritual well-being says a lot about how much you care for yourself.
Practicing self-love boosts self-esteem and can lead to a better relationship of you with yourself.
Although, you don’t need any specific day or occasion to practice self-love.
Still Valentine’s day celebration is a must to evoke that special emotion within you.
Utilize this ‘Day of Love’ to celebrate the most valuable person in your life- YOU!
Whether you are dating someone or not, you must practice self-love first. Afterall, you can show love to others only when you are full of it.
As they say- ” You cannot pour from an empty cup, can you? “
How will you practice self-love on this special day?
So to get you sorted, here is a list of 10 amazing ideas to practice self-love on this valentine’s day.
Be your own valentine and treat yourself with these special gestures. Or even if you are dating someone, do these with your partner- The more the merrier!
Ideas to practice self-love:
1. Cook something healthy and feed yourself
Eating healthy is the first step towards showing self-love.
Prepare a healthy nourishing dish and savor it.
Some healthy and easy recipe ideas to try:
- warm lentil curry with rice
- banana pancakes topped with honey
- moong dal pancakes
- oats bowl
- vegetable soup
- falafel and hummus
- chickpea curry with rice
- a bowl of vegetable noodles
Have a great nourishing meal!
2. Make a DIY present for yourself
No matter how fancy and expensive a store-bought gift is- the value that DIY presents hold cannot be compared to it.
Make anything you can and gift it to yourself.
You can prepare a greeting card, decorate photo journal, make a personalized desk calendar and many more.
3. Write a love letter to yourself
Yes! Write a love letter to yourself.
You will also agree to the fact that hand-written letters still hold the supremacy when it comes to expressing your love through words.
You might have written a few for your loved ones. But today I urge you to write one for yourself too.
Why wait for anybody else to do this for you?
Go ahead and and write a love-letter to yourself expressing your self-love.
4. Read a joyful book
Reading can uplift your mood and charge you up with happiness.
An immersive reading session has the ability to make you experience a wonderful escape from the outside world.
It can take you to whole another world!
To treat you with a joyful reading experience, here is a list of 10 wonderful books:
- A Man Calle Ove – by Fredrick Backman
- The Comfort Book – by Matt Haig
- The Authenticity Project – by Clare Pooley
- Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine – by Gail Honeyman
- The Alchemist – by Paulo Coelho
- Everything Is Beautiful – by Eleanor Ray
- How To Live Your Life – by Ruskin Bond
- The Reading List – by Sara Nisha Adams
- Puddin’ – by Julie Murphy
5. Solo dance party!
Dance it out. Celebrate self-love.
Get going with your private dance party.
Play crazy songs and dance like nobody’s watching. It’s your day. Own up to it.
6. Dress up
We often put our best look to meet our family and friends or while going on dates and special occasions.
Today dress up just for yourself.
Put on that favorite dress of yours, do some makeup, wear those shoes and get ready just for yourself. Because you want it.
Stare hard at yourself in the mirror and compliment yourself, you wonderful being!
7. Do a photoshoot
You cannot afford to miss capturing this amazing day.
And to make that happen you don’t even need anybody else.
Put your phone or camera on timer and click self-portraits! In future when you look back at these self-clicked photographs you will feel proud of yourself.
Capture the moment!
8. Take yourself out on a date
We always make sure to spend time with other people in our lives but often forget to do that with our own selves.
We confuse being alone as being lonely. But it is not. Being alone is a superpower. It empowers you to just be.
Make it point to spend quality time with yourself.
Be alone. Take yourself out on a date somewhere.
Your alone time with you is the most precious gift you can give yourself on this valentine’s day.
9. Buy flowers
Buying flowers is always a great idea. It can never go wrong.
To buy flowers is to pamper yourself, appreciate your being and celebrate you. It is an act of expressing self-love.
Buy flowers as a token of love because you are worth it.
When you want something you have to get it for yourself.
Why wait for receiving flowers when you could get them at your own!
10. Watch a movie
Set up a movie date with yourself!
Arrange a set up of your own comfort, get some snacks and watch a movie. Either you can watch your comfort movie or you all-time favorite one.
Watch any movie genre that makes you happy. And if horror movies do that, please go ahead and watch one!
Some feel-good movie recommendations:
- The Women
- Runway Bride
- How To Be Single
- A Simple Favor
- Little Miss Sunshine
- The Sound Of Music
- The Pursuit Of Happiness
- The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty
- Love Actually
- It’s A Wonderful Life
Just enjoy this peaceful time with yourself.
A gentle reminder:
Be guilt-free while practicing self-love. You truly deserve all the pampering not just on valentine’s day but always. Appreciate yourself and value your being. You are priceless!
Let us know us in the comments what are you planning for this valentine’s.
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