Self-love isn’t just a trend. It requires daily practice. And if you’re looking for easy daily habits to boost your self-love, we’ve got you covered here:
As awareness of self-care, self-love and mental health grows, more and more people are seeking sustainable ways to integrate these practices into their daily routine. However, many self-love routines are time-consuming (a two-hour morning ritual? Who has time for that?!) or just downright expensive.
We'll tell it like it is. Your self-love is arguably the single most important thing in your life.
But giving yourself self-love can be difficult. For some people, just looking into the mirror can evoke deep and uncomfortable emotions.
Remember: Developing a self-love routine doesn't come easily to many people. It takes time, but it's absolutely worth it. YOU are worth it.
When you have your self-love on lock, you feel confident, worthy, powerful, happy and able to weather anything life throws your way. Even on your not-so-hot days (we all have them!), a firm foundation of self-love drastically affects your relationship with yourself and the rest of the world.
Not to mention how much it helps with healthy boundaries, higher standards, greater confidence, increased self-worth and less codependency in relationships. The list goes on and on!
Self-care calls for prioritizing mental, physical and emotional health. However, self-love isn't just about eating healthy food or thinking positively -- it involves practices as simple as journaling and reflection, or as involved as a change in diet or an ice bath.
We'll spare you the effort of endless research -- JunaBlu is here to share with you six daily self-love habits you can implement right away ... without spending a dime.
Six Daily Self-Love Habits:
1. Start a simple morning gratitude practice.
When you wake up in the morning, express gratitude for your life. You can do this while you're still lying in bed by naming three things you're grateful for, and truly feeling them in your heart and body. Or, adapt this practice to suit your needs. You can also journal three things you're grateful for as you drink your morning coffee.
This starts your day with a tone of appreciation, which opens your heart and mind to greater happiness. When you intentionally practice gratitude, it can help your mood, your relationships and even your health.
2. Move your body for five minutes each day.
Whether it's through dance, brief exercise or a walk, even five minutes of movement can boost your serotonin levels and elevate your mood.
An easy way to implement this is to softly massage yourself, stretch or gently hold your body when you wake up. Affirm: "Thank you, body, for waking up this morning. You're doing an amazing job, and I love you."
Adding even just five minutes of simple movement into your day has a lasting impact on your mental and emotional health. According to a study published by Harvard Health, for people with anxiety, exercise can loosen the grip of the brain's fight-or-flight response and can also reduce symptoms of depression.
3. Shift negative thoughts, habits and emotions through self-compassion.
Each time you think a negative thought, some might recommend you immediately replace it with a positive one. This trend is outdated! It doesn't create lasting results or get to the root of the problem.
In fact, this old method can cause people to judge themselves even more, thus compounding their negative thoughts. This method isn't working!
Try this instead ...
Follow these simple steps to shift your negative thoughts, patterns and emotions in a healthy way.
When you notice a negative thought or emotion, pause and notice it with as little judgment as possible.
Take a deep breath (extra points if you place your hand on your heart!).
Choose to love or forgive yourself for having this thought or emotion.
Affirm: "It is completely valid that I feel this way. I'm doing the best I can, and I choose to unconditionally love and forgive myself."
Think a positive thought about yourself or about the situation. It can be as simple as, "I am learning and growing."
This practice boosts self-compassion and self-forgiveness, rather than shaming or judging the part of you that is insecure or uncomfortable. Choose self-love over self-judgment!
Choose self-love over self-judgment!
4. Acknowledge yourself for everything you accomplish -- even the little things.
As you move through your day, pause to acknowledge yourself every time you complete a task.
Whether it's as simple as getting out of bed, taking a shower or checking the mail -- even if you're in a busy work day and rushing from task to task -- pause and congratulate yourself for a job well done.
This practice allows you to feel more fulfilled at the end of the day, more appreciative of yourself and more connected to the voice of self-love that lives within you.
5. Stop worrying about what other people think. Here's how:
Have you ever realized that what you're scared of other people judging you for is actually how you're judging yourself?
Go on, read that again if you need to! Once you get this, the game changes.
But self-love isn't just built on the opinions of others -- it needs to come from within. To rewire your brain to truly believe in self-love, continually return to the practice of loving yourself deep down, no matter what you think others think of you. This builds self-love and confidence, even in the face of adversity.
Use this method anytime you worry about the opinions of others:
Every time you worry about what someone thinks of you, take a moment to tell yourself a statement that you believe to be true. That statement might be, "I have no reason to actually believe that they think this about me,” or if someone is judging you, it might be, "I know who I am and I love who I am. I am so proud of myself for being authentically me, even when it's uncomfortable. I choose to love myself."
Whenever comparison, fear or worry arises, take a deep breath and choose to be gentle with yourself. Your primary and most important relationship is with yourself, and all other relationships start from there. Releasing the opinions of others is a core piece of a sustainable self-love practice.
6. Affirm your self-love at the end of every day.
Most people talk about morning routines but neglect the importance of what you do just before you go to sleep. While you sleep and dream, your subconscious mind is processing information. This is a powerful time that’s ripe with opportunity!
Each night, once you turn off the lights and lie in bed, take two minutes to reflect on your day and see it through the eyes of love, compassion and gratitude. Feel gratitude for what you accomplished, and invite compassion into all the places you see you want to improve.
You may affirm a positive statement to yourself such as, "I'm doing an amazing job, and I love myself,” or simply, “I did a good job today."
This allows for your sleep and dreams to help you integrate the intention of self-love into your body and mind, which allows you to wake up feeling even more self-love!
Practicing these simple habits can transform your relationship to yourself and your life. You are worthy of self-love!
What is your biggest struggle with self-love? Tell us in the comments below.