Prioritize You: How Self-Love... and "Dating Yourself" Can Improve Your Mental Health
Valentine’s Day is a day of love, but it doesn’t have to be all about romantic relationships. This year, why not take the opportunity to practice self-love and “date yourself”?
Self-love is an important part of mental health and wellbeing. It involves taking time to appreciate yourself, your accomplishments, and your worth. It also means taking care of yourself physically and emotionally. On Valentine’s Day, it can be a great opportunity to focus on yourself and do something special for YOU.
What is Self-Love?
Self-love is the practice of self-compassion, acceptance, and kindness. It’s about understanding that, while you may make mistakes, you are worthy of love and respect. Self-love is about recognizing your needs, validating your emotions, and appreciating yourself for who you are. It’s about setting boundaries and taking care of yourself even when it’s difficult.
What is “Dating Yourself”?
Dating yourself means that you dedicate your time and energy to taking care of yourself, making yourself feel loved, connecting with your inner-self and building a healthy relationship with you!
There are many ways to practice self-love and “date yourself”. Here are some examples:
Make a list of your positive qualities and refer to it when you’re feeling down.
Write down three things that you’re grateful for each day.
Take time to do something that you enjoy, like reading a book, listening to music, watching your favorite movie or going for a run.
Spend time with people who make you feel good.
Give yourself permission to make mistakes and be gentle with yourself when things don’t go as planned.
Self-love is an important part of self-care and it’s an act of self-compassion, acceptance, and kindness. It can help us build resilience, better manage stress and difficult emotions, and improve our mental health. Self-love can also help us better cope with life’s challenges by recognizing our needs and taking steps to meet them.
It’s important to remember that self-care isn’t selfish — it’s essential. Taking the time to practice self-love can help us feel better and live happier, healthier lives.
So why not start practicing self-love today? When was the last time you took yourself out on a date? Isn’t it about time you did? Boyfriends and girlfriends come and go but you will have yourself forever!
You are worthy of love and respect, and you deserve to take care of yourself.