1. 7-Day #LoveYOURSELF Challenge
This month, PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT introduces our seven-day #LoveYOURSELF challenge. For seven days, write something nice about yourself on a small piece of paper each day. Then, place each note in a container—jar, small box, etc.—and pick one to read whenever you are feeling down. If you want to, you can even ask your closest friends to write things that they admire about you. See your strengths as gifts and use those strengths to get out of the tough challenges you face.
2. Do What You Love
3. Reward Yourself
You work hard. Whether that be through school, a job, or any other activity, you must learn to reward yourself. Sometimes that means going to the spa to relax, shopping for those new shoes you saw in a Zara lookbook, or maybe even taking a nap. As you tackle and conquer new challenges in your life, provide yourself with a gift. There is nothing wrong with a little indulgence!
4. Journal Your Inner Thoughts
As you go through your daily life, work, school, or other responsibilities are constantly on your mind and your thoughts may begin to wander. Sometimes, the best way to communicate those thoughts is to write them down. When you journal, you're able to have a deep conversation with yourself and unleash the emotions you may hide throughout the day. In other words, it keeps you true to yourself.
5. Say No
Sometimes we believe saying no makes us a cruel person, but most of the times when you say no, you are just setting boundaries for yourself. If people are pressuring you to do something that you aren’t sure about, say no. Separating yourself from those temptations can influence you in the long run, and you will feel better that you didn’t cross lines under overbearing pressure.
6. Accept Yourself UNCONDITIONALLY
We all have strengths. We all have weaknesses. The strengths and weaknesses you have may not be the same strengths and weaknesses others have. You must accept yourself—the good things and the bad things. According to LifeHack, “constantly having a mindset of wanting more and more will squash any chances you have of acceptance. Embrace acceptance and watch your stress levels go down.”
7. Forgive Yourself
Know any other self-love ideas to indulge in this Valentine’s Day? Share them with us in the comments below!