Don't Forget to Practice Self Love
Feb 12, 2016 07:35PM ● Published by Caitlin Marshall
Sometimes women are so busy taking care of and nurturing people and relationships, they forget to love themselves. Practicing self love doesn’t have to consume a lot of time nor be extravagant but it should be consistent, which sometimes takes planning. Lots of women, especially moms, feel guilty if they take time for themselves. But, experts argue that if you cannot love and care for yourself, you won’t be good to anyone else. Here are some ways you can show love to yourself.
Encourage Yourself. There is value in being your own best friend and that is practiced through self talk. As you go throughout your day, praise and reward yourself for your accomplishments, no matter how small. Hearing yourself say, “You’re doing great” has a positive effect on your self esteem and confidence. Consider journaling so you can release emotions that you are feeling, sort them out and let them go. Make a point to list accomplishments each day, no matter how small and make an ongoing gratitude list to keep your spirits up.
Candlelit Bath. Put on some relaxing music and soak in a hot bath of Epsom salt and lavender oil. The salt will release toxins in your body while the oil will relax you for a good night’s sleep. Allow yourself to breathe calmly by candlelight as the stress of the day falls away.
A Gourmet Sandwich. Instead of throwing together a quick dinner on a late night, take your time and make yourself a fancy gourmet sandwich or poboy with your favorite delicious toppings. Indulge yourself slowly while having it on the patio as the sun goes down or plan a solo picnic in the park with a good book.
Take Yourself on a Date. Take time to have a hobby or regularly take yourself out on a “date” for coffee, dinner, a movie or play—anything that you really enjoy. In today’s busy world, a lot of women don’t get out solo and this is the perfect opportunity to enjoy things that you think of doing but rarely do.
Spend Time with Friends. A lot of women intend to hang out with other women but scheduling time is usually difficult. So, things come up and months go by and you haven’t seen your friends in ages. Make time—friends and laughter are so good for the soul. Girlfriends have a way of reminding you to love yourself just by feeling their love for you.
Some of these things can be done daily, some weekly, some monthly or quarterly. Try committing to one or two (or come up with your own) that works for you. Remember that practicing self love and care will amplify your ability to love and care for others!