Do You Love Yourself?

Ever hear that saying that you can’t truly love someone else until you love yourself? In order to be the best spouse, friend, parent, aunt, uncle or sibling you can be, you must first discover and celebrate your value. Learning to cherish ourselves and our own well-being is the only way we can be truly prepared to share that love with others.

As Valentine’s Day approaches, share with yourself what everyone wants the most on this special day: love. Celebrate the holiday with a few of our favorite ways to nourish the mind, body and soul.

Buy a new journal and special pen to be used for regular reflection

Visualize yourself as a carefree child and remember what made you excited – then channel that as an adult

Consider buying yourself something that you love

Stop apologizing

Travel solo

Take the day off and don’t plan a thing

Forgive your past mistakes

Schedule health and dental appointments

Accept a challenge, such as a new sport or difficult task

Get a makeover

Surround yourself with people who bring out the best in you – stay away from the rest

Buy yourself fresh flowers

Enjoy a bubble bath

Take time for rest and relaxation

Organize your space in a way that makes you feel productive and in-charge

Fill your body only with food and drink that is nourishing and makes it thrive

Stop comparing yourself to others. (This may require a social media hiatus.)

Explore your spirituality

Read a book that offers inspiration and stimulation