5 Little Self- Love Routines That Just Might Change Your Life
A terribly wise person once said, “You are the things you do every day.”
On the upside, this means that I’m a husband-cuddler, early-morning exerciser, and have a daily gratitude practice.
On the downside, it also means I’m a laundry procrastinator, have a terrible sweet tooth and waste a lot of time distracted on the internet when I’m not careful.
Our daily routines are vital opportunities for self-care and self-love.
We’re all creatures of habit — and our habits define us. So … what if we stopped going on “autopilot,” and instead made the very most of our daily routines and rituals? What if we infused them with luxurious awareness and self-love? What if, every single day, we took an extra moment or two to love ourselves?
Slowly but surely, we’d feel happier.
More loved and more loving.
Just because we carved out five minutes a day to be a bit more intentional and a bit more kind to ourselves.
5 Ways to Work a Bit of Self-Love into Your Daily Life:
1. Apply your products with intention and love
Don’t just plop that lotion on your thighs with a shrug. Indulge in the best lotion or moisturizer you can — and consider a plush brush or sponge to apply it. As you rub it into your skin, think kind thoughts about yourself and your body. “I love you, feet. Thank you for carrying me where I want to go.” “Hello, ankles. You are mysterious, and I don’t understand how you work, but I’m sure glad you do!”
2. Say one kind thing (aloud!) to yourself, each morning
After you’ve dressed and primped yourself, look in the mirror and say one kind thing to yourself. If affirmations feel weird and forced to you, rely on a compliment as a far more simple and genuine practice.
Even if you’re not in love with that dress, surely you can acknowledge that your hair looks great or that you’ve got your mother’s pretty green eyes. If you feel awkward intoning “I am a powerful and beautiful woman,” go ahead and give yourself a wink and shimmy your hips — have fun with yourself!
3. Eat real meals, at a table, with beautiful place settings
No more of this “in front of the computer, right out of the container” business. At least not all the time! Make even the most run-of-the-mill meal something special. Break out those lovely placemats and cloth napkins. Set out your best china, light some candles, and put on some music — even if you’re alone, eating leftovers. Ambiance is everything … and you deserve it!
4. Create a just-got-home ritual
What you do when you get home from work sets the tone for the entire rest of your day. Don’t just throw your jacket on the couch and then check your email. Change out of your office clothes into something more comfortable — but stylish enough to make you feel wonderful. Make a cup of tea. Cuddle with your pet. Put your feet up, and take a moment to calm your mind and reflect on your day.
5. End your day with gratitude
Regardless of how your day went — failed presentations, bad traffic, burnt dinner — surely you can find something to be grateful for. Maintain a gratitude journal, state your thanks aloud (even if it’s just to an empty room!), or share your thoughts with your partner.
Easy-peasy, right? These teensy daily rituals could add up to a big, happy difference. It’s all about getting present, intentional, and loving in your life. One mini-habit at a time.
Reflections for Your Heart and Home…
Share your insights and questions in the comments below or explore in your journal.
In Your Heart: What daily rituals and routines provide you with a deeper sense of self love?
In Your Home: How can you arrange your space to support these daily rituals? Can you transfer your lotions and potions to prettier bottles and display them nicely? Can you buy a sweet little journal for your gratitude scribblings?
Wishing you a beautiful week!
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