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5 Ways to Love Yourself this Valentine's Day

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The day of love is upon us. It’s that time in February where we express our love to the special people in our lives. From romantic dinner dates to hilarious Galentine’s get togethers with besties, Valentine’s Day is a day of happiness, love and laughter.

In the same breath, Valentine’s Day is still just a day and not the only day to let someone special know that you love them. Some of us don’t have that special someone yet and some may have lost their beloved person. We all love differently, but if you’re looking for some simple ways to love on yourself this Valentine’s Day and beyond, then read on…

Get comfortable with yourself

Do you find it difficult to spend time with yourself? Do you find it intimidating?

…Well you shouldn’t.

It’s time to date yourself so that you can get to know you and grow as an individual. 

Spend some time alone doing something that makes you happy. Whether it’s reading a book, journaling, going for a walk, or sitting in a peaceful spot, taking some time to enjoy your own company and reflect will help you to appreciate yourself.

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Look after yourself

That’s right, take care of yourself. Make sure you're eating nutritious meals, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep. Your body needs to be taken care of in order for you to feel your best. 

When you feel good, you’ll learn to love and appreciate yourself more.

Think good about yourself

Engage in positive self-talk. Instead of dwelling on the negative, focus on the positive things about yourself and the world around you. Remind yourself of the things you are proud of, the successes you have achieved, and the amazing things you have done. Reflect back on all the things that you’re grateful for. 

Spoil yourself

Treat yourself with kindness. Do something nice for yourself - buy yourself those flowers, get that massage, do your nails, do a facial or just take a long, hot bath. Showing yourself kindness will help you to feel more loved.

Protect yourself

Surround yourself with good people. Spend time with people who love and value you, those who will build you up instead of tearing you down. Enforcing boundaries is a non-negotiable act of self-care. This will not only help you to feel more esteemed, but it will also serve as a reminder of who you really are…loved and cherished! 

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