How to Practice Self Love

If the past 12 months have taught us anything, it’s that of self-love, kindness and hope. Almost a year into on and off lockdowns, the effect on our mental and physical wellbeing is one we are all struggling with. With hundreds of people losing their job, being made furlough or even working through the entire pandemic, the heartbreaking tragedy and relentless bad news has taken a huge toll on our mental health. If you’ve been feeling lost and overwhelmed, then learning to love yourself could be your way to harness control of your emotions and allow yourself the time you need to recover. Whether you want to broaden your understanding with self-love books or want to practice self-love meditation, you’ve reached your ultimate destination. Teaching you how to love yourself, as well as some of the most popular ways to practice self-love, get ready to join the self-love club with our new and informative guide. Why? Because self love is the best love. And as RuPaul loves to remind us: If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else?

What is Self-Love?

If self-love feels like a self-indulgent and cringe manifesto that’s overly promoted by Gen Zs, then I guess you’re right, or at least somewhat. Whilst it’s not all about opening your third eye and engaging in toxic positivity - we’ll get to that later - self love all about looking after yourself and your happiness. This could be as simple as soaking in a hot bath, reading a book or lighting a candle as you hunker down to your fave Netflix series. Learning self love is as simple as finding out what makes you happy and doing it!

How to Practice Self-Love

There are SO many ways to love yourself and practice self-love. If you’re new to the ‘self-love’ game, then figuring out which works best for you is a must, right? Your bestie might enjoy going over self-love affirmations in the mirror, but that just might not work for you and that’s totally fine. Looking for ways to love yourself doesn’t have to be as challenging as you think. Initially, you might feel confused, out of your depth or overthinking - that’s fine too. To help you out, we’ve rounded up our most loved ways that practice self-love. Don’t worry, they’re all suitable! You just have to find one that works for YOU.

Self-Love Affirmations

Self-love affirmations can be a really great way to remind yourself of your worth, your capabilities and just who the f*ck you really are (a mega babe BTW). Learn how to love yourself by saying a few simple phrases to yourself in a mirror. You can really begin to feel the power behind your words and find the strength you need to get through another day. Saying these self-love affirmations in a morning can help set you up for an amazing day. If you’re more of a night owl, why not recite them in the bath or as you do your bedtime skincare routine? Some examples of self-love affirmations may be:

I am kind.

I am beautiful.

I am worthy.

I am happy.

I am successful.

I deserve the best.

Self-Love Books

Still looking for ways to practice self-love? If you happen to be a massive bookworm - or even if you’re not - then self-love books can help create a fabulous foundation for building happiness from within yourself. Reading can be a great way to escape from the mundanities of everyday lif and allow you to take a break from the sometimes damaging digital world. Take an hour before you go to sleep to read a self-love book and go to sleep with a multitude of happy thoughts. Some self-love books on our reading list are:

Women Don’t Owe You Pretty - Florence Given

Good Vibes, Good Life - Vex King

Eat Pray Love - Elizabeth Gilbert

The Secret - Rhonda Byrne

Self-Love Meditation

Ready to have a go at self-love meditation? Youtube is a great resource for finding tons of self-love meditation videos. Allow yourself to feel alone with your thoughts and follow along in a guided session, perfect for beginners. Offering a variety of options ranging from 10 minutes to 30 minutes worth of guided meditation, you can expect to embrace your inner zen and focus your mind. If you struggle to find the time, please note that you can meditate from anytime, anywhere. Whether it’s on your morning commute, whilst you’re making a coffee or are taking an afternoon walk. You’ve got this.

Now you’re all stocked up on our favourite ways to practice self-love. How are you going to practice self-love? If you’re still in need of some self-love tips, then we recommend treating yourself to some stunning new garms. Shop our loungewear collection for an ultra chill night, or in true Valentine’s Day spirit, show yourself some love with our selection of luxe lingerie.

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Welcome to the Self Love Club, babe! 

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