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Embrace Self-Love this Valentine’s Day

February is the month many celebrate Valentine's Day, a holiday we often regard as being reserved for those in romantic relationships. It can be an incredibly sweet celebration for some, and a dreaded time of year for others. Regardless of your relationship status, don’t overlook the importance of self-love. After all, the relationship you have with yourself is the most important one you’ll ever have and nurturing your well being on a physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual level is always a win.  

Consider leveraging this Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to uplevel your self-love practice. 

Start with these three questions: 

  • How do I currently practice self-love? 

  • Which of my behaviors and beliefs get in the way of me experiencing self-love? 

  • What small ways can I start or enhance my self-love practice? 

At a loss for how to get started? 

Check out this shortlist of suggestions:  

  • Keep a gratitude journal and celebrate even the smallest stuff. 

  • Adopt a “do your best, forget the rest” attitude and reject perfectionism.

  • Honor yourself as an individual and ditch the comparative mindset. 

  • Surround yourself with people who admire, support and respect you. 

  • Nourish your body by eating well. 

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. 

  • Move your body through dance, yoga or other exercise. 

  • Enjoy more of the “now” through meditation and mindfulness practices. 

  • Speak kindly about yourself and eliminate negative self-talk. 

  • Charge your batteries by getting plenty of rest.

  • Celebrate your wins; both big and small. 

  • Give yourself permission to take yourself out on the perfect date. This one’s a personal favorite!

  • Lean into your passions and interests. 

Hopefully these suggestions spur additional ideas on how you can bring more self-love into your daily life. Remember, when you love yourself, you foster a sense of well-being, empowerment and confidence which paves the way for a more fulfilling and rewarding life. 

If you found this article inspiring or want to share additional ways you practice self-love, share your thoughts via email: 

About the author

Suzanna, founder of Hearts Alive Yoga, Coaching and Retreats, is dedicated to uniting people and promoting well-being. Explore her yoga class in Pinole, events and coaching at

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