So maybe you already have a daily yoga practice, or you make sure to feed your body with nutritious foods, or you make sleep a priority in your life. Perhaps you even do all of the above and more!
Despite the incredible benefits of engaging in self loving practices like some of those mentioned above, it’s true that they can begin to feel less engaging over time as they become automatic habits that are simply part of your routine. This, of course, is not necessarily a bad thing!
The goal of self-love after all is to make it a habit. This however doesn’t mean you shouldn’t switch things up once in a while and try something new.
Here are just a few simple ways that you can add on to your existing self-love practice and give yourself a little extra dose of novelty.
1. Spoil yourself with small, healthy rewards more often.
The easiest way to strengthen your sense of self-love is to treat yourself to small rewards that you don’t get to indulge in very much on a regular basis. Whether it’s because of time constraints, lack of resources, or the simple fact that too much of a good thing can make it bad, these are the things that make you feel good and are relatively healthy for you—but are best saved for special occasions.
Sit down and make a list of some of the rarer small ways you can reward yourself. Schedule them into your calendar so that you treat yourself to one at least every week.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Have an extra piece or two of dark chocolate for dessert
- Take a 30-minute soak in the tub after a long day
- Set aside some time to color in a stress-relieving adult colouring book
- Buy a cute new piece of yoga clothing that you could really use
- Give yourself an at-home hair mask treatment, facial, self-massage, or manicure/pedicure
2. Replace some of the time you spend on passive activities with growth activities.
Passive activities are those mundane daily things that just need to get done no matter what (commuting to work, laundry, brushing your teeth, etc.) as well as those unproductive things that you feel compelled to do out of habit (checking social media, watching TV, reading the news, etc.). Growth activities encompass hobbies and activities that you love to do just for the sake of doing them and that challenge you in some way.
So, for example, you could take a passive activity like the time you spend tuning into Netflix every night and use that as a trigger to first spend 5 to 15 minutes of that time practicing guitar, or teaching yourself a new language. You’ll feel good about yourself when you’re done, and committing to a short amount of time makes it hard to say no.
3. Slowly start adopting a minimalist mindset in certain areas of your life.
The more you let go of the things you don’t really need in your life, the more time and energy you’ll be able to devote to the things that truly matter to you. Here are some ways you can start using minimalist practices to increase your sense of self-love:
- Delete apps from your mobile device that constantly suck up your time
- Spend 5 minutes a day removing or cleaning up clutter from around your home
- Experiment with outsourcing a task like laundry, cleaning, bookkeeping or some other time consuming task for at least for 30 days
- Make a list of your favorite 3 to 7 meals you love to eat and stick with preparing those only for at least 30 days
Minimalism frees up your physical, mental, and emotional energy so you can start valuing yourself more than material things and egocentric achievements. Loving yourself need not be anymore complicated than that!