regard for one's own well-being and happiness.
It’s a well documented fact that being in love is good for us. But what about loving ourselves? Valentine’s Day puts an emphasis on love for someone special in your life but have you ever stopped to think that the special person is you. We’ve heard that time-old phrase “you can’t love someone until you love yourself” repeated time and time again, It's the premise on which Oprah’s show is built, you’ve most certainly used this line before but have you ever stopped to consider if you actually do practice self-love? Although we’ve left resolution making behind in January, we ask you to add one more to your list and that is to fall in love with yourself. Here are five ways to practice self-love this Valentine’s :
1. DREAM BIG
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined” - Henry David Thoreau.
The very act of allowing yourself to dream big dreams actually raises your self-esteem and causes you to like and respect yourself more. One of the biggest things that stand in our way of going after our goals, dreams, and wishes is not having enough self-belief. You have to understand that failures, mistakes, and set-backs offer valuable lessons. As you start loving yourself, and aligning your life with positive energy, it will become easier to feel motivated and trust yourself in the pursuit of what you really want to be doing with your life.
“I still think I am the greatest.” - Kanye West
Hate him or love him - you can’t deny that Kanye West is the 21st century poster-boy for self-love. Nobody loves Kanye more than Kanye, his positive affirmations are as infamous as he is and if truth be told we believe there is method to the madness. How can you even begin to dream big if you can’t even big yourself up? Begin each day by acknowledging something positive about yourself. All the little things we overlook truly make a difference. Focusing on the positive moments in your day will transform your mindset over time and who knows, one day you might even begin to just love yourself as much as “Kanye loves Kanye”.
3. NO BAD VIBES
“Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends” - Virginia Woolf
4. PAMPER YOURSELF
“Sometimes all we need is a little pampering to make us feel better…”- Charles M. Schulz
5. TECH TIME-OUT
“Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful” - John Maeda