In a world that’s full of busyness, days that feel long and to-do lists that feel never ending, it’s more important than ever to take care of yourself both mentally and physically. A little bit of time set aside every once in a while can have a lasting impact on your overall wellness and happiness. That being said, it can be a lot easier said than done, especially if you’re someone who struggles with self love and prioritizing yourself. Here are a few self-love strategies to keep in mind if you’re trying to become the happiest and healthiest version of yourself.
1. Set boundaries for yourself
A major component as to why people are lacking happiness, experiencing high levels of stress and not focusing on their health is due to burnout in the workplace. A recent study showed that 52% of employees have been feeling burnt out from work, and of that percentage, 62% feel that it’s worsened since the beginning of the pandemic. Burnout, or chronic stress, can lead to headaches, stomach aches, feeling drained and exhausted, and a negative impact on your mental health. To combat or prevent this unwanted stress, don’t be afraid of setting boundaries. Before your workday, make a to-do list to keep yourself focused throughout the day, and give yourself a set start and end time. When the end time rolls around, allow yourself to step away. Believe it or not, this is a form of practicing self-love.
2. Find activities that bring you joy
It’s so easy to get lost in the mundane activities of everyday life. We often forget to make time for activities that bring joy and that can help you learn to love your life again. This could mean something as simple as taking time to read a book, play a board game, watch a good movie, practice yoga, get a massage or spend time with friends or a family member you haven’t seen in a while. Take this as your reminder that small activities and habits can make a big difference on your health and happiness. Do what makes YOU feel joy; for some that can look like a night on the couch binge watching television, for others it can look like getting dressed up and trying out new makeup before going out for the night. It doesn’t matter what it looks like, as long as it’s bringing you some sort of joy and positively impacting your health.
3. Create a skincare routine
As silly as it might sound, any time you have to make a decision, you are adding stress to your life. When you have routines in place, it takes the decision-making piece out of the process and promotes health and wellness. A little bit of structure in your day can greatly improve your health and overall happiness. And with consideration of the fact that stress can oftentimes lead to acne breakouts, what better time than now to improve your skincare routine? Whether you’re looking to prevent stress acne with a particular treatment product like acne cream, or are hoping to step up your game with a skin-cleansing brush, there are plenty of ways to bring your routine to the next level. And the best part? These small changes can serve to support your self-love journey. There’s something very satisfying about having a skincare routine that adheres to your skin type and unique concerns. Not only does it make you look better on the outside, but it also makes you feel better on the inside.
4. Take time to relax
It’s not a secret that a little bit of relaxation and joyful activity can make a huge impact on your life. Relaxation has been shown to keep your heart healthy, reduce stress, relieve muscle tension, boost your immune system, and push avoid the symptoms of any psychological disorders. If you find that you have difficulty practicing self-care, start by scheduling some time to relax. Put time in your calendar, even if it’s just ten minutes, to focus on yourself, relax, and take a deep breath. A great way to reduce your cortisol levels is to take a moment and write in a gratitude journal. Some journals even have prompts that encourage you to write out traits you like about yourself. Physically writing in a journal forces you to slow down and be present, in turn forcing your body to sit in relaxation. This quick activity will help ground you both physically and mentally.
At the end of the day, life is too short to spend it being buried in doubt and insecurities. Know that you’re not alone in these feelings and countless people struggle with self-love. It’s all too easy to get caught up in the hectic pace of life and forget about the importance of self-care. It can feel like a selfish thing to do sometimes, but don’t forget that you can’t pour from an empty cup. In order to give attention to other things, you must first practice self-love strategies and fill yourself up with health and happiness.