We need to find ways to show ourselves love, and then we need to make sure we regularly take time to do so. But how in the world do you find ways to show yourself love? This tip and the printables below will help get you started!
Finding ways to show love to other people is hard enough, so how in the world do we find ways to show ourselves love? Between pushing past the stigma society has placed on feeling love for ourselves, making it a priority, finding the time, and getting over the awkwardness, showing love for ourselves can seem pretty impossible.
But it doesn’t have to be complicated. Regularly showing ourselves love comes down to two things:
- Making a list of ways to do so.
- Scheduling in time to make it it happen.
Use Your Love Language
Before you make your list, you need to figure out your Love Language. This is based off The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman. If you’ve never heard of the 5 Love Languages, they are typically used in relationships so that significant others know how to show each other love in the way that’s going to mean the most. There’s also a kids version you can use for your children. But today, we’re going to use it for ourselves.
You can learn more and take a quiz to learn your love language here. If you’ve taken the quiz before, but it’s been awhile, I recommend you take it again. Love languages can and do change over time!
Make Your List
Once you know your love language(s) (some people have more than one) go ahead and make a list of specific ways you can show yourself love based off that language. Your love language is key because it will guide you to the actions that will mean the most to you personally.
I created a free printable that has 8 suggestions for each language to help get your creative wheels turning. You can download it here or by clicking on the image below.
I also created a printable for you to list your personalized suggestions for self-love. You can download that one here.
Schedule in Self-Love to Make Sure it Happens
It’s not enough to simply list ways to show yourself love. If you only make the list, nothing will actually happen. You have to make it a priority and schedule it in to your everyday life. Whether you schedule it in daily, weekly, or monthly, that’s up to you. My suggestion is to do a combination–pick a couple things to do every month, a short list to choose one from each week, and something small to do each day. Put in in your routine or set a reminder in your calendar.
Additionally, whenever you’re feeling down or stressed or hear your inner critic getting louder, pull out your list and complete an activity!
What’s your love language? I’m equal parts Words of Affirmation and Acts of Service. I’d love to hear your love language, so let me know in the comments below!
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