Why Self Love Is So Important This Valentine's Day
What a year this has been. So many lives, families, friends and businesses have been affected and I think it's safe to say that many have struggled with their mental health. In this unprecedented time we'd like to share nine tips for practicing self love this Valentine's - after all the longest relationship we have is with ourselves. We hope that you can carve out some time today just for you.
Speak to yourself kindly
The words you say to yourself really do matter. Sometimes our own inner monologues can be doing more harm than good. Try speaking to yourself with kindness today. If it feels weird that's fine - we all get out of practice sometimes, but by practicing daily this will become normal. Choose words that you would say to a loved one or start to recite positive affirmations in the morning e.g.
I am brave and I am going to have a great day
I am a good person
I am a positive force in this world
Why not try out some affirmations for the Heart Chakra here or make up some of your own.
Make time for a hobby
Over the last few years I've come to realise how important having a hobby (or three!) is. In our fast paced world taking time to do something purely for the enjoyment of it really can boost your mood and help you to connect with your inner self in new ways.
Why not make some time to pick up those gardening shears today? Or rediscover your childhood love of colouring with a Reiki colouring book. Whether you love getting stuck into a puzzle or DIY is your bag, make some time for it. You know you'll enjoy it!
Spend time in nature
Spending time in nature is consistently heralded as good for our mental health. I truly believe in it. Spending time outside really does lift the spirits. Why not go for a walk this week? Even if it's just around your neighbourhood. Or if you are lucky enough to live near a park, hiking trail or the coast you could soak up the sights, smells and sounds of the natural world.
Celebrate your body
This comes back to self-talk and self action. Pick a body part and take a moment to really celebrate it, for example "I am so proud of my strong legs, they help me to explore the world and also allow me to enjoy going for a jog, one of my favourite hobbies."
Taking care of your body is another great act of self love - why not spend 15 minutes each day this week on some self Reiki?
Pampering may look different to different people, perhaps its a face mask while you watch your favourite movie or being able to have a long bath in a busy household. Take some time to do a little pampering!
Write yourself a love letter
Take some time to write yourself a love letter. You might find journal prompts helpful here, for example:
- List three things your family would say are your best qualities
- Describe a picture perfect self care day from start to finish and promise to make this a reality
- Describe something, from any point in your life, that you are proud of.
Make some time to meditate this week. It really does make a difference. There are guided meditations on YouTube that you can follow or allow yourself to sit in a quiet place and clear your mind. We have The Light Meditation and Heartbeat on our YouTube channel should you want to follow a nice, relaxing guided meditation.
Journaling is another great way to spend some me time. There are many ways in which you can journal including writing an account of your day, planning, setting goals, writing down any fears or anxieties, scripting positive affirmations and much more.
Rest is so important. Getting a good nights sleep can really help you to feel more like yourself. Why not try getting into bed an hour earlier than you normally would and unwind with a relaxing book or piece of meditative music?
Whatever self love or self care looks like to you, we hope you have a lovely week!