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Loving Yourself, Self Care Tips

These tips are about giving yourself a bit of love. Self care is NOT selfish!

Every morning, tell yourself: "I love you. I'm sorry. I forgive you. Thank you." Practice gratitude and forgiveness. 

Don't wear yourself out with work, school, or hanging out with so many people. Take time to rest and relax. It will help you unwind and focus on what is important in the day-to-day. 

Make an actual list of your strengths to post where you can see it. Add to it as you discover more about yourself. 

Treat yourself to some compliments! Use social media to ask people you know and trust to explain what they like best about you.

Crying is our body's way of dealing with feelings. Tears are cathartic and healing sometimes — let it out.

Hopelessness, like most other emotions, will eventually pass. When you're having a tough moment, think "I won't feel like this way forever. I just need to ride it out".

Do something you've always wanted to try. Doing something new will increase your confidence and expand your awareness of what you are capable of.

Negative self talk can bring you down and limit your potential. This article has concrete strategies to try and combat your inner critic.

Realize that your differences are what make you the beautiful human that you are. You can admire someone elses beauty without downplaying your own.

Learn to say "no" sometimes. It's okay. This will give you the opportunity to spend time doing the things that are meaningful to you.

Stop looking for approval from others. Do your best and be your own cheerleader.

Practice gratitude. Instead of focusing on all the things that are wrong with yourself, focus on the positives. The more you focus on the positives, the more you will be able to silence the negatives. 

Create a self-love ritual. For examples, check out this article.

Try creating a sacred space for yourself. If space is limited, this could be a corner of your room or a shelf on your wall. Check out this handy guide

Give yourself permission to be proud of your accomplishments. Celebrate your successes and spend time with people who cheer you on.

Have you ever compleated a Loving Kindness Meditation? This is meant to increase compassion for yourself and others.

Develop a plan for when you spiral into negative throughts. For example, you could try and refocus by deep breathing or taking a walk. Everyone is different. Find what works for you.

Getting your body moving is a great way to practice self care, it's not about going to the gym. Find a fun way to exercise and do it because it's fun, social or just makes you feel good! 

Are you being hard on yourself? Try imagining what you might say to a friend who is in the same situation and apply it to yourself.

If you have trouble remembering your good qualities, try this: when someone gives you a compliment write it down and continue to add to it. When you are feeling low, refer to this list and remind yourself why you are great! 

If you feel like you need to take a break, it is ok to take a "me day". If you are lucky enough to have paid sick days, know that they can be used for mental health.

Still struggling with what self love looks like and how to practice it? Check out this helpful article.

The most important realtionship you'll ever have is with yourself, take some time to get to know yourself. What is your self love language?

Here are some great writing prompts to help you discover what you love about yourself. 

Part of self care is planning for the future. What do you want to accomplish? 

Self care looks different for everyone, try out new things to find what works for you. Remeber to be flexible; you might need to change it up depending on your mood, surroundings, energy level, etc.

It's easy to neglect self care. Here are some tips on how to make your self care habit sitck. 

Here is a helpful breakdown of the different categories of self care, it's not all about bubble baths!