Self love is a key ingredient in truly thriving in life – personally and professionally. The more self love you have, the more confidence, beauty, inner peace and authenticity you will experience on a regular basis. The level of self love you allow yourself to experience absolutely impacts the amount of success, fulfillment and joy you will create in your life. Self love is essential and you deserve it. It’s also something that only you can give to yourself.
Get ready to be truly touched and amazed. The five self love practices that I’m sharing with you will transform your life for the better (if you allow them to). Choose to be in a state of openness and curiosity as you read through these practices. Notice what resonates and then practice and implement. You can only benefit from adding these practices into your life. Enjoy…
Practice #1: 5 minutes of daily gratitude
Gratitude is one of the most powerful forces in the Universe. It’s with and through gratitude that we can truly experience and appreciate the beauty of life. Gratitude is a driving force that helps us to remember what we love, what we are thankful for and why life is so magical. When you’re in a space of gratitude, all things will reflect that back to you. It’s a simple formula, with a HUGE impact.
The same goes for your self-love. When you’re in a state of gratitude for your body, your talents, your life experiences and so on, things will start to become even more beautiful and full of love. You can think of it this way: the more gratitude you have for your (fill in the blank), the more love will flood that area of you. This is a simple but truly profound practice for deepening your self love.
An easy way to implement this practice into your daily life could be to carve out five minutes each day to reflect on what you love and are grateful for about your body, soul and spirit. You can reflect by writing in a journal, speaking to yourself out loud, recording a short video for yourself – it’s really up to you. The first step is to think of what you love and appreciate about yourself and keep reflecting until you can’t think of anything else and feel complete. The benefits of this practice will absolutely change your life when implemented with consistency and compassion.
Practice #2: Create a self love mantra
Personal mantras are an incredibly powerful way to root yourself in a state of appreciation and self love. A mantra is a declaration you use as a reminder of what you want, how you want to feel, etc. For example, I have used the mantra All is well in my world for as long as I can remember. In moments of fear or anxiousness, I use that mantra to bring me back to my center. Creating a mantra for self love is an easy way to bring yourself back to a state of love and appreciation.
Think for a moment about what mantra could inspire you back into your self love. When creating your mantra you want to focus on using positive and powerful statements and phrases. Your mantra isn’t to say what you don’t want, it’s to remind yourself of what you do want.
Here are a few examples to get your creative juices flowing:
- With each breath I become even more filled with self love
- I love myself more and more every moment
- Love is my natural state
- Blessings are constantly on their way to me
Self love can ignite in an instant. Your mantra will be an amazing resource for lighting that flame time and time again. Return to your mantra in moments of self judgement, disapproval or discouragement. Your mantra is always there for you.
Practice #3: Give yourself a massage
When was the last time you gave yourself a massage? I’m talking about lights dimmed, meditation music on, essential oils ready to go and full YOU time. For most people, it’s probably been quite a long time, if ever, that this has taken place. This practice is such a beautiful one for expanding self love in your life. Imagine how amazing it will feel to focus your loving energy, TLC and gentle touch on your own body. It’s so often that we are massaging our partners and giving our body love to other people. It’s your body’s turn to experience receiving a beautiful and thoughtful massage from you.
Find time once a week to dim the lights, light your favorite candle, find some beautiful music and grab some oil. Start by massaging one hand at a time, slowly feeling your skin and appreciating all that your hands do each day, then work your way up your arms, to your neck and back down. You won’t believe how incredible it feels to be touched by yourself, in the way you really, truly want to be touched. There’s no explaining to someone else to be gentler or go slower, it’s you and you can feel into your own body and offer up loving affection.
The more often you lovingly caress yourself, the more connected and grateful you will feel for your entire body and being. It’s a beautiful experience, so expect magic.
Practice #4: Enjoy some “mirror love”
How delicious would it feel to look in the mirror with the intention to love and honor yourself. It feels far to often that the mirror is used as a place for self-judgement. Imagine looking in the mirror and noticing your soft skin, acknowledging your beautiful, bright eyes and looking at yourself with the most loving eyes possible. We often give our most loving and compassionate energy to others, constantly reminding them how amazing they are, without reflecting that same level of love and acceptance back to our own bodies and spirits. It’s about time to make a change.
The next time you look in the mirror, pause to notice something you love about yourself. This can be a physical feature or a part of your spirit that you’re noticing is shining brightly. Look at yourself with lovers eyes and offer yourself the most wholesome, sweet and truthful love you could ever give. Gaze into your eyes with the same presence you have until now reserved for others. Cherish yourself for the beautiful person that you are and notice the pieces of you that are so you.
This is a practice that has brought me to my knees in self love. I have a feeling it will do the same for you. It’s a moment to truly go there and be with yourself. Don’t hide from self love here, fully embrace it and make it safe to marvel in your own greatness and beauty. This is a gift you give yourself. Graciously receive and you’ll feel an instant surge of self love, honoring and intimacy.
Practice#5: Fill up your cup
Do more of what you love and keep filling up your cup. We can probably both agree that when you are doing something that you love like dancing, writing and so on you enjoy to be around yourself even more. The more you’re enjoying something you love, the more easily you will feel self love and appreciation. By doing things that bring you joy and fulfillment, you fill your cup. When your cup is full you can experience feelings of deeper wholeness, inner peace and joy.
Think of something you love to do, that brings you deep joy and happiness. Doing more of what you love will only bring more joy and self love into your life. Say you love to dance – maybe pick one song a day and dance like crazy to it. After a full three minutes of dancing and moving your body with joy, don’t you think you’ll have an even easier time tapping into what you love and appreciate about your life.
Allow it to be that simple: the more you do what you love, the more self love will fill your cup. You will feel inspired by how quickly you can shift into love after doing something that fills you up.
Enjoy and embrace the freedom and bliss that becomes even more available to you as you use these practices day by day for expanding self love. These five practices will transform the way you look, feel and experience yourself being throughout the day.