Valentine’s Day is here. The time of year to celebrate relationships with those closest to us, including ourselves. We devote a lot of precious time to our loved ones but rarely take a moment to reflect inward. While it’s common to get caught up in the effort of pleasing others, it’s important to take care of ourselves and our own needs. (1) Everyone knows the saying, “You can't pour from an empty cup” and this couldn’t be more true. It is essential to prioritize self-care in order to be the best version of you!
What exactly is self love? Self-love means something different to everyone as we all have different needs (2). Practicing it in our daily routines is not something that always comes easily, it takes practice and repetition. Self-love can mean setting boundaries, meeting our personal needs and understanding our own self-worth (1). It's also about treating ourselves with kindness and compassion and evolving our mind and body.
A good rule-of-thumb when it comes to showing yourself some love is to treat yourself as you would treat others, or wish others would treat you. If you hope to be complimented, compliment yourself first. If you want to be motivated, motivate yourself first. If you wish for flowers, you can buy yourself flowers! (Right Miley?!) Be confident in yourself, and although it’s great to have a village, it is also great to know you can rely on yourself as well.