“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection” – Buddha
February is the month of the year where every store you walk into has heart shaped chocolates and balloons, teddy bears, flowers, cards filled with affectionate messages and the color of red and pink are in style. It is the month where couples post pictures of their memories and write captions explaining their appreciation and love for their significant other. It is the month where love is spread to everyone else but ourselves.
Being able to spread love to those surrounded by you is wonderful, but self-love can be just as amazing. Self-love is the regard for one’s own well-being and happiness. It is easier said then done. We live in a society where we are constantly competing for love whether that be on reality dating television show such as The Bachelor/Bachelorette, dating websites and apps such as Tinder, or even within our circle of friends and family.
So, to kickstart your journey of self-love, here is a list of ways to practice self-love:
- Practice good self-care. You will love yourself more, when you take better care of your basic needs. People high in self-love nourish themselves daily through healthy activities, like sound nutrition, exercise, proper sleep, intimacy and healthy social interactions.
- Become mindful. People who have more self-love tend to know what they think, feel and want. They are mindful of who they are and act on this knowledge, rather than on what others want for them.
- Forgive yourself. We humans can be so hard on ourselves. The downside of taking responsibility for our actions is punishing ourselves too much for mistakes in learning and growing. You must accept the fact that you are not perfect, before you can truly love yourself. Practice being less hard on yourself when you make a mistake. Remember, there are no failures, if you have learned and grown from your mistakes; there are only lessons learned.
- Have Fun. Get creative and express yourself in whatever way you like. Find your happy place. Get out there and do the things that light your fire.
Written by Peer Educator: Makayla Peterson