So there are mixed feelings about Valentine’s Day.
Is it a commercial holiday? Yes. I think so.
But is it also a pattern interrupt? Yes, it is. As in “Hello, did you forget about your sweetie for an entire year?” And I am not just talking about the one who sleeps next to you.
I am talking about YOU! How do you love yourself?
I try to do a little something everyday for myself. It can be small or it can be bigger, but a little self-love goes a long way in your happiness.
Read below for my personal top 9 Favorites of how I express love for myself.
How do you take care of/love yourself?
I would love to hear your thoughts about your favorite ways to tend to your body, heart, soul, and spirit. I might learn something from you!
Top 9 Ways I express my love for myself:
There is something about movies that transports me out of my own life for a brief while (not scary ones) and gives me distance from worries and problems. With that distance sometimes, I can get some perspective and clarity. Kind of like an entertainment meditation.
I love to swim for a number of reasons – I never feel sweaty when I am working hard and it is good for me. I am always happy with myself for working out, even if it is just for a little bit.
Kind of goes along with swimming. I love going to the steam room after I swim. Steam is detoxifying. The ironic thing is I like sweating in there. Also a great place to stretch so it’s like accomplishing two things in one. Always makes me feel fantastic. I make sure I am well hydrated and listen to my body when it tells me that I have had enough.
6. Nourishing Meals.
I love myself when I eat a meal that works well for my body. That is both nourishing, delicious, and fuels me for my life.
I know this one seems a bit crazy, but there is something to be said for a space that has been decluttered and cleaned. It’s like I can breathe easier in it. Clean space, clean energy – good living and working space. I don’t necessarily have the time to do it myself as often as I would like, so sometimes, it’s nice to recruit some help. Now that’s loving!
I love going to a yoga class. I love taking the time away to just have my mind get clear, my body moved and opened. I am such a better person after yoga class. I feel more like my authentic, higher self that I strive to be and I love myself as that person so much.
Massage is so nourishing and loving, either receiving one or giving one to myself is definitely one of my favorite forms of self-love.
I love music. Music can change my spirits so quickly or deepen an experience/emotion. I love feeling that connection inside of myself. That feels loving to me.
Dancing is a way I love myself from the inside out. It is when I feel the most beautiful and expressive. To me – that is one of the ultimate forms of self-love.