We’ve all seen posts on social media talking about the importance of practising self-love. But in order to practise self-love, it’s important to know what it is.
Self-love is a hard concept to define — after all, it is about the “self”, something that is unique to each of us. This is why there are multiple “definitions” or interpretations of self-love. We’ve put together some common aspects of self-love to help you better understand it.
Did you know we all have unique ways in which we receive and express love? These are called love languages. The concept was put forward by author and marriage counsellor Dr Gary Chapman, who proposed five love languages — words of affirmation, receiving gifts, quality time, physical touch and acts of service.
While he talked about these love languages in the context of romantic relationships, you can use put them into action to practise self-love. Take a look at some of our suggestions, each corresponding to a love language.
Sometimes, making yourself happier is as simple as sipping your favourite beverage, wearing comfy PJs, or listening to music. Practising self-love means making time in your day to incorporate the things, activities and people that add joy to your life.
Now, let’s talk about how you can put self-love into action. Take a look at five keys that can help you unlock self-love. Work on incorporating each of them in your life, and you’ll find yourself feeling more in love with yourself.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to do it all at once. You can take it slow, and start one step at a time. Maybe today you start by thinking of what makes you grateful or say no to someone or identify your values or maybe just dance like no one’s watching.
Self-love is an ongoing process, but you can get started today with any of these five keys.