We all have those days when we aren’t feeling so happy about ourselves. It’s not always easy to change how we feel or how we see ourselves but there are plenty of practices that we can engage in to gain confidence and learn how to love ourselves over again. Here are 5 ways to indulge in self-love:
- Cook Dinner for Yourself
One of the most rewarding and probably most fun ways to treat yourself is to cook for you- and you only. I realize that can be super difficult if you have a family and can’t find a spare moment to make a meal for one, but trying to plan that time for yourself is imperative to getting to know yourself on a deeper level. When you cook alone, you are following a recipe, getting ingredients together, and making decisions on your own. If the meal you are making turns out well, you not only gain confidence in yourself as a good cook but you also have learned that you have a quality about yourself you may not have known you had before. If your meal doesn’t turn out the way you planned, you have learned something new about a particular skill set and can work on improving until the next time you make the meal again. I made the meal pictured below this past weekend, click here to find out the recipe!
- Plan a Friday Night in for yourself
When I’m having a bad week, sometimes a date night in with my boyfriend or a night at the club with friends isn’t at all what I need. Instead, I’d prefer a night to myself where I can plan out every aspect and not have to worry about what other people want to do. A night in with yourself also allows you to relax, reflect on life and do activities that make YOU and you only, happy. My ideal night would be relaxing in a warm bath with a cool new bath bomb, burning some candles or incense, and drinking a warm cup of tea (or a chilled glass of wine, depending on your mood).
- Go on a mini-trip (or a long one) on your own
This idea is dependent on the time you have, where you want to go, and how much you are able to spend. Sometimes even going on a shopping spree on your own is all you need to unwind and spend some time with yourself. You don’t have to go where other people want to go, you can go at your own pace, and you don’t have to feel bad about taking forever in the change room! Of course at the other extreme, you could pack your bags and disappear to another city or country on your own. I’ve always been way too timid to take off on my own but its definitely goals for anyone who has the drive and the money.
- Treat yourself
Every year when my birthday rolls around, I buy myself a nice birthday present; usually something that I was too cheap to buy during the rest of the year or something I know I can’t afford. Why do I do this? Because not only am I rewarding myself for hard work and for getting through another year of my life, but I’m always reminding myself that even through all of the self-doubts and moments of weakness I’ve had throughout the past year, I deserve to reward myself for coming out of everything a stronger person. This grows my confidence and reminds me that I deserve a nice birthday gift.
- Change your thoughts
I know this doesn’t sound easy, or sound like something that people can just pick up and do on the spot, but this goes back to the law of attraction and the philosophy that changing your mindset and your attitude can change your entire life. If you start to think positive thoughts and think good things about yourself, you will notice positive changes not only mentally, but physically. If you start your day by thinking you are a warrior and will rock the day ahead of you, you probably will because you’re only allowing positive thoughts and events to enter your mind and your life.
Hopefully these 5 tactics will help you to practice self-love! What are some things you do for self-love?