Six Simple Ways To Love Yourself Better

March 22, 2017

I wanted to make a post on simple things I do for myself that make me feel loved. It can sound silly but little acts of kindness can really shift the way you feel about yourself and make you a happier person in general. All of these involve being on your own. If you know me then you know I’m really good at being alone, and not in a bad way. It’s something I’ve always been accustomed to but I’ve found ways to love myself better when I’m alone. After all we can’t love others well until we are loving ourself well even when it’s hard. Here are six things I do when I’m in need of a little extra self love:

Apologize To Your Flaws

This is probably the hardest one to do but the most empowering. Pick three things you constantly attack about yourself and apologize to them like they’re one of your best friends. At first it won’t feel like anything happened and then try it again and mean it. Slowly you’ll start hating those parts of yourself less. It’s hard and it’s a process but it’s one step closer to loving yourself more. Now that the hard one is out of the way, buy yourself some flowers. 

Buy Yourself Flowers 

This is huge for me. The way to win my heart is through flowers. I used to want bouquets throughout my room as decor but thought it would be a waste of money since flowers die anyway. I contemplated buying plastic ones but started to hate myself for that. I started buying flowers for myself when I go to the market and love it. You don’t have to wait for someone else to appreciate you before you can appreciate yourself. Buy yourself the damn flowers. 

Take Yourself To the Movies

This idea started when I saw a movie I loved but was kind of embarrassed I wanted to spend money to go see it again. Well I couldn’t find anyone else to go see it with me again so I looked up where it was playing and lucky me it was at the $3 theatre. So I took myself to the movies. I loved it. There were a total of maybe ten people in the theatre and I could just enjoy it simply. It’s like quiet time to yourself but with a little entertainment. Also, don’t be afraid to splurge and go to the expensive theatre with drinks and food. I’ve done the $3 experience and the $25 experience. Love yourself girl. 

Take Coffee For Here

This sounds so simple but so many surpass just sitting in a coffee shop by themselves. The people in coffee shops are usually students studying or business people waiting for meetings. Be that person that takes your coffee for here with either nothing or just a book. This is better alone time than you think. When I lived in New York City I used to wake up on days when I didn’t have class and take a walk to my favorite coffee shop. The one I regularly went to was a bit of a walk so I would enjoy the morning walk. I’d order coffee and a bagel and spend two hours enjoying myself and a book. I also made it so I went a little farther so I was less likely to run into people I know. This gives you a little more peace of mind. 

Learn Something New 

I thought of this one because knowledge feels so good. Learn something new or better yet teach yourself something new. I’m currently learning French. I know it’s going to be hard but when I’m fluent I’m going to look back and 1) be really proud of myself and b) be able to speak French. How cool is that? You don’t have to learn a new language but think of those lost dreams you have and chase after them. When I was younger I’d say I always wanted to be trilingual so I’m working on the bilingual as of now. 

Take a Staycation 

This is one I’ve yet to accomplish but it’s been on my bucket list for some time now. Take a staycation somewhere in your town or a few hours a way. I’d say no more than two hours from where you live. There are a ton of incredible air bnbs or hotels throughout any city. I suggest trying an air bnb in a part of the city you have always wanted to live in and learn to enjoy where you live. Sometimes all we need is a change of perspective. On your staycation stay away from social media and work and enjoy the beach or the mountains. Wherever you go get to know yourself a little better.  

Get to know you and get to love yourself for it, xo

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