I wish I had this self-love thing nailed down once and for all.
I can feel awesome for a week and then catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror and… when did I become so fat?! My reflection fills me with disgust. I quickly turn my eyes away and head towards the kitchen to drown my despair in a box of chocolate chip cookies.
It’s on days like this – days when you feel like your thighs are too fat, you’re not smart enough to get the job of your dreams or not interesting enough to catch the eye of that cute guy – that I remind myself that self-love isn’t a destination. It’s a practice.
Every single day, and especially on the hard days, you need to find a way – albeit small – to sprinkle some self-love into your life. A quick workout, a bubble bath or a walk in the park are the perfect antidotes for the blues. They lift you mood and remind you that you’re worthy of some TLC, too.
Don’t know where to start? Here are 15 super easy ways to practice self-love you can easily do every day (even if you don’t have much time):
1. Set And Achieve One Small Goal
I’m not asking you to climb Mount Everest or to ask that hot guy out (not yet, anyway). Just pick something small you can easily achieve in one day. Maybe you’ve always wanted to switch your mid-afternoon chocolate snack for a bunch of healthier walnuts, clean up your bedroom or take a spin call. Do it today. It’ll make your day.
2. Dress Up
Wear your best dress. Put on your fave pair of high heels. Swipe on a bright red lippie. Just because.
3. Move Your Body
Dance. Run. Walk. Jump. Stretch. Whatever makes you feel good and gets those endorphins pumping. I always sing and dance along to the Wicked soundtrack whenever I’m feeling down. It’s so much fun and I feel like a new person afterwards.
4. Click That Unfollow Button
Scrolling through your social media feeds makes you feel like a failure? Click that unfollow button. Don’t feel guilty about it. You don’t have to put up with anything that makes you feel bad. It’s your feed, so keep it positive.
5. Treat Yourself
Buy yourself a bunch of flowers. Treat yourself to a massage. Enjoy a bubble bath. Buy yourself a new pair of shoes. Guilt-free. You deserve it, gorgeous.
6. Sing It Out
You know that song that makes you feel like you can accomplish everything you set your mind to? Play it. Sing it at the top of your lungs. Dance it out. Repeat.
(P.S. Mine is “Defying Gravity”. Yep, Wicked again)
7. Help Someone Out
A neighbour with her shopping. Your little sister with her homework. Or volunteer at your church. Or at any other organization. Just do something nice for someone else. It’ll make everyone happier.
8. Immerse Yourself In Nature
Even if it’s just spending 5 minutes in your back garden. Or going for a walk around the neighbourhood. There’s something so soothing about nature. It makes you forget about your cares and gets you in touch with your inner soul.
9. Take Some Me Time
Use it to do something you love. Like reading a good book. Paint a new picture. Take some photos of your dogs. Whatever makes your soul come alive. Even if just for 5 minutes. Guilt-free.
10. Try Something New
Something you’ve always wanted to do but never got around to. Like signing up for that hip hop dance class. Try Lebanese food. Wear a crazy purple lipstick. Shaking things up a bit is a great way to practice self-love.
11. Eat A Food You Love. Mindfully
Go on, treat yourself to that piece of chocolate. Or to a few berries. Or a juicy peach. Taste every bit. Feel its texture. Savour every bite. It’ll be like eating it for the first time.
12. Do Nothing
Take a break from the chaos of life for few minutes and just be.
13. Write A List Of Your Strength
Grab pen and paper and jot down all the things you like about yourself. Hang it on your wall. Read it often. Especially when you don’t feel like you’re good enough. That’s when you need to practice self-love the most.
Take a deep breath in while you think about something you love about yourself. Exhale it out. Repeat. Even if for just a couple of minutes. There’s nothing like it to melt all your cares and stress away.
15. Pay Someone Else A Compliment
Spread the love. You’ll make someone else’s day. And yours, too.
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Over to you, now. What’s your fave way to practice self-love every day? Share it in the comments below.