The idea of practicing self-love can be daunting. We’re constantly facing internal and external challenges, such as busy schedules that make pausing for self-love or self-care seem impossible.

However, taking small steps each day or week to take care of and love yourself can help you better manage daily challenges and put more passion into what you do. In fact, research shows that having more self-compassion — being kind to yourself, recognizing your place in humanity and practicing mindfulness — builds resilience in the face of adversity. Try these five tips:

  1. Celebrate the small wins. Be proud of yourself for every win, even the small or “ordinary” ones—such as cleaning, taking care of the kids, waking up early to exercise, etc.
  2. Create a “no” list. This list should include things you know you don’t like or no longer want to do—like not checking E-mails at night or attending gatherings you don’t like.
  3. Connect with loved ones. Connect with family and friends who support and love you and can help build your confidence. This can be in-person, via video or phone calls, or texting.
  4. Recognize your emotional and spiritual needs. Recognize how you’re feeling and what will help you each day. This may include physical exercise, meditation or relaxation exercises.
  5. Be kind to yourself. Every day won’t be perfect, and that’s OK. If you’re struggling to practice self-love or aren’t feeling well today, show yourself compassion and forgive yourself.

Another important part of practicing self-love is recognizing when we might need help. If you’re struggling with feelings of anxiety or depression, take care of yourself and your mental health by asking for support. Reach out to your primary care physician or a mental health professional.

(*by Rubina Kapil, Mental Health First Aid)
Health & Wholeness Committee