7 Ideas for Practicing Self-Love
If this is the first time we’re virtually “connecting”... nice to meet you! My name is Colleen Hayes and I’m the Founder + CEO of Prezence, a Boston-based well-being company. We deliver quick, practical, effective ways to be more mindful, engaged, and present throughout your day – even at work (because, let’s face it, work can be stressful). We meet you where you are with well-being content, tools and experiences to help you manage anxiety, navigate stress and feel your best.
At Prezence, we talk a lot about ways to feel your best. In my own personal well-being practice, self-love is pivotal. Self-love is a state of appreciation for oneself that grows from actions that support our physical, psychological, and spiritual growth. Throughout my life experiences, I’ve discovered two types of self-love… surface level and deep level self-love. Both are supportive to your overall well-being, so let’s explore them together.
Surface level self-love is found in the day to day rituals. Perhaps you might go out for a walk when you need some fresh air, or draw yourself a bath after a hard day. These are self-care rituals that nourish you. As human beings with varying needs, we must always assess where we are in space and time and what it is that we require to function on a daily basis. Perhaps one week might be more stressful, so it’s a good idea to schedule out a bit more time for yourself. Loving yourself through self-care is about prioritizing your needs, even when it is difficult to.
Deep level self-love is more complex. I’m referring to forgiveness, going to therapy, setting healthy boundaries, and self acceptance. When we incorporate deep level self-love practices into our routines, we look after our mental health. One of the many difficult aspects of being human is that we live with one mind and one body forever. This truth is a call to action to constantly look after ourselves. We are hardwired to get stuck in patterns of behavior, some of which no longer serve us. For example, you might still give yourself a hard time for a mistake you made 11 years ago. If this sounds like you, you might like a practice like mindfulness, which helps you shift attention and acknowledge your thoughts without getting trapped in a particular thought pattern.
If you’re in need of a little surface level or deep level self-love – here are 7 ideas to help you get started today.
Make a list of all of the things you like about yourself. You could even ask someone you care about to add a few items to your list. Place this list somewhere you can see it every day.
Forgive yourself for a mistake you made in the past. Sometimes the most radical act of deep self-love is to forgive.
Plan an at home self care day. Find someone who can help you with important responsibilities like child care or pet care. If this is not possible, try and incorporate whoever is around in this ritual.
Book an appointment with a therapist. Processing your experiences is one of the healthiest practices in your mental health care.
Practice guided meditation. It may seem difficult to practice mindfulness during a busy day, but here are 4 easy meditations you can do at work!
Do something today that will make your life easier tomorrow. Set out your clothes, tidy up your house at night, or pick another activity that will benefit “future you”.
Send a loved one a card or a text telling them why you love them. Spreading your love around to those who need it is a thoughtful way to positively impact others.
On behalf of the team at Prezence, we wish you a healthy, happy, and hopeful season of self-love. Let self-love be a place you live from regularly, and share it with anyone in your life who needs it. And check out this blog for more ideas on empowering a healthier you!
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