50 Ways to Practice Self Love

So, I looked up synonyms for “self-love” on Thesaurus.com.

Here’s what it said:

  • Conceit
  • Narcissism
  • Vainglory
  • Vanity

Ummm... What?!

No fucking wonder people think self-love is selfish.

Is that really the only synonyms they could come up with?

How about:

  • Happiness
  • Freedom
  • Worthiness
  • Authenticity

These are the kinds of words I think of when I hear self-love.

But all too often I hear my clients say they feel GUILTY for practicing self-care.

Self-care is one of the BEST forms of self-love.

Yet here we are, thinking that it’s vain to take care of ourselves.

That’s complete bullshit.

Photo by  Tim Mossholder

After recently realizing I wasn’t practicing enough self-care for myself either, I set out on a mission to learn more about what other women are doing to invest in themselves for self-care.

Here’s the list I compiled from all their amazing recommendations:

  1. Meditation
  2. Unplug / tech-free time
  3. Sleep / napping
  4. Bubble bath (add essential oils to kick it up a notch)
  5. Reading
  6. Journaling
  7. Good nutrition
  8. Drinking water
  9. Taking time off
  10. Vacations / travelling
  11. Drinking tea
  12. Healing crystals
  13. Listening to podcasts / audio books / music
  14. Saying no to things that don’t serve you
  15. Daily movement / going to the gym / running
  16. Walking in nature
  17. Reflecting on your day and what you’re grateful for
  18. Going to the spa / getting a massage / reflexology / acupuncture / reiki
  19. Drinking a glass of wine
  20. Date night with yourself
  21. Watch TV / movies / Netflix
  22. Have a good laugh
  23. Have a good cry
  24. Using essential oils
  25. Meal prep healthy options for the week
  26. Breathing exercises
  27. Connect through women’s groups
  28. Lighting scented candles
  29. Visualizations
  30. Skin care / moisturizing
  31. Be barefoot in nature
  32. Have an orgasm
  33. Getting a manicure / pedicure
  34. Downsizing / decluttering / organizing
  35. Tapping
  36. Set boundaries
  37. Guilt-free down time
  38. Forget the negative, and choose to focus on the positive
  39. Schedule your day / week to feel less overwhelmed
  40. Positive affirmations / create a vision board
  41. Dance
  42. Create a sacred meditation space
  43. Write a love letter to yourself
  44. Morning stretching
  45. Prayer
  46. Dressing well – even if you work from home
  47. Set “office hours” – and stick to them
  48. Swim / hot tub / sauna
  49. Pay attention to your body and practice self awareness
  50. Start your day with 5 minutes of quiet

I challenge you to choose at least one thing from this list each week to help you get more self-care in your life.

Maybe you can even choose one thing each DAY to step it up even more!

Because the more self-care you bring to your own life; is the more self-love you get to experience.

As a society, we need to stop promoting the idea that self-love is narcissistic.

Because true self-love is a beautiful thing.

And there’s certainly ways to express it without being conceited.

So this is your permission to start incorporating more self-care and more self-love into your day.

Not that you need permission.

But typically, we’re more likely to do something when we get permission from someone else.

So there it is.

No more excuses.

We’re going to begin adding more self-love into our day.

And we’re going to love every minute of it.

Guilt free.

Because we’re amazing.