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L…is for the way you look at me…

With such an iconic song circulating airways this month, let’s take this time to reflect on inner love, and the importance of self-love. With the presence of love everywhere we look this February, remember to check-in with yourself, set some time aside, and do something that puts you first. Check out some of the benefits of practicing self-love and how it could positively impact all aspects of your life.

Improves confidence

Improving self-confidence is something many of us can work on, as it doesn’t come easily. Practicing self-love helps boost confidence when you talk and think about yourself in a positive light. Practicing positive self-talk can be as simple as saying “I recognize I can improve on XYZ” instead of “I am bad at doing XYZ.” When you talk about yourself with positivity, you’re more likely to believe in your abilities, which leads to higher confidence levels. Additionally, looking at your social circle and removing areas of negativity, toxicity, and pessimism can boost serotonin, the “feel good” hormone. Simply put, serotonin makes you feel good, and when you feel good, you tend to be more confident.

Makes room for healthy habits

Not only does self-love boost confidence, it helps establish healthy habits by prioritizing your well-being. Prioritizing your well-being shows itself in different ways, like feeding your body healthy and nutritious foods, moving your body (even if it’s not in the form of a structured workout), getting enough sleep, and setting boundaries and respecting your beliefs, wants, and needs. Another healthy habit that many of us can improve on is not comparing ourselves to others.

Reduces effects of illness

Especially for those of us who work in high stress positions, self-love can help reduce or eliminate the risks of both mental and physical illness. Self-love presents itself by listening to your body and knowing when to slow down and take a step back. By recognizing and addressing what your body needs, you can help reduce stress, lethargy, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression and so much more.

Putting self-love to practice

Want to invest in your well-being and promote self-love this February? There are a variety of ways you can put yourself first that fit your lifestyle and intentions. Is there a hobby that excites you? Whip out those roller skates for a skate down the boardwalk! More of a book worm? The colder weather is always a good excuse for snuggling up to your favorite novel. Thinking more along the lines of mindfulness? Consider incorporating meditation, positive self-talk and intention-setting into your morning or evening routine.