Embracing Self-Love

During the month of February, stores and social media are flooded with Valentine’s Day decorations, movies, and more. With a month surrounded on loving others, it’s important to take a moment to embrace love for yourself too. Try out some of these self-love practices!

Daily Affirmations and Practices: Introduce daily self-love practices, such as positive affirmations, mindfulness exercises, and self-reflection. These small, but powerful habits can significantly impact our mental and emotional well-being.

Next time you’re in front of a mirror, try saying “I am loved, I am worthy, I am enough”.

Acts of Self-Kindness: Add in self-kindness acts into our daily lives. Whether it’s taking a quiet moment for yourself, reading a book, or having a bath, these acts contribute to building a foundation of self-love.

After a stressful day at work, these practices can help alleviate stress. When was the last time you took a moment to wind down after a hectic day?

Overcome Internal Self-Criticism: Overcome negative self-talk. Emphasize the importance of self-compassion and the role it plays in fostering self-love.

When a negative thought about yourself comes into your mind, take a moment to change the criticism to a compliment.

Sherry Handshoe, Cameron Psychiatry Nurse Practitioner, wants to remind everyone that, “Self-love means something different to everyone, but more importantly, it’s a must. Remember the saying, you cannot pour from an empty container. This is true for us. If our emotional tanks are empty, we certainly can’t fill other’s emotional tanks. When we take time for ourselves, we are taking the initiative to become the best version of ourselves”.

Embracing self-love is not an act of selfishness, but a commitment to taking care of who we are as individuals. Take a moment this month and try out some of these self-love practices. Cameron Psychiatry is here to help you when prioritizing your mental health becomes too challenging.




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