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How to Practice Self-Love (and Why!)

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In a world that often demands perfection, practicing self-love can be a revolutionary act. It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and forget to appreciate the person you are. 

While lovestruck people everywhere are planning Valentine's Day dates and Galentine's festivities, we wanted to remind you to remember to honor the most important relationship in your life – the one you have with yourself. After all, this week also marks National Self-Love Day, and Happsy is here to help you celebrate.

Want to learn how to practice self love? Let's delve into what self-love really means, its benefits and how you can cultivate it in your daily life.

What is self-love?

Self-love is a state of appreciation for oneself that grows from actions that support our physical, psychological and spiritual growth. It means having a high regard for your own well-being and happiness. Self-love is understanding that you deserve to take care of your needs and not sacrificing your well-being to please others. It's not just a state of feeling good but a series of actions for better living.

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5 Key aspects of practicing self-love

Self-love is an art and a discipline, rooted in simple yet powerful principles. Let’s unpack five essential aspects of practicing self-love:

1. Self-acceptance

Self-acceptance is about recognizing and embracing all aspects of yourself – your strengths and your weaknesses, your successes and your failures. It means loving yourself without conditions or reservations. This is the cornerstone of self-love, as it allows you to navigate life with confidence and grace.

2. Self-awareness

Being self-aware means understanding your feelings, motives and desires. It involves reflecting on your thoughts and emotions and recognizing how they affect your behavior and decisions. This self-knowledge empowers you to make changes that align more closely with your true self.

3. Self-forgiveness

Holding onto guilt and resentment towards ourselves for past mistakes can be a significant barrier to self-love. Self-forgiveness is about letting go of these negative feelings and understanding that making mistakes is a part of being human. It's about giving yourself the same compassion and kindness that you would offer to others.

4. Self-care

Self-care is the practice of taking an active role in protecting one's own well-being and happiness, particularly during periods of stress. It involves taking the time to do activities that nourish your body, mind and soul. Whether it's through exercise, meditation or ensuring you get a good night's sleep on an organic mattress, self-care is essential for fostering self-love.

5. Self-talk

The dialogue you have with yourself profoundly impacts your self-esteem and confidence. Positive self-talk is a powerful tool for building self-love. It involves speaking to yourself with kindness, encouragement and understanding, rather than with criticism or doubt.

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Health benefits of loving yourself

Loving yourself doesn't just feel good, it's good for your health. Studies have shown that self-love can lead to significant health benefits, including:

When you love and appreciate yourself, you're more likely to make healthier choices in all aspects of your life.

5 Tips for how to practice self love

You can use practical steps to learn how to practice self-love – here are our tips for embracing and your inner self.

Start small

Embarking on your self-love journey doesn't have to require grand gestures. Some self love practices can be as simple as completing small acts that affirm your worth. This could mean dedicating a moment each day to acknowledge something you appreciate about yourself or taking a short walk to clear your mind and connect with nature.

Set boundaries

Learning to set healthy boundaries can be a profound act of self-love. By recognizing and communicating your limits to others, you’re ensuring that your energy, time and emotional well-being are respected and preserved. Setting boundaries helps you honor your needs and teaches others how to treat you with the care you deserve.

Practice mindfulness

Mindfulness brings you into the present moment, allowing you to engage with life directly and reduce the impact of negative self-talk. By focusing on your breath, sensations or the environment around you, mindfulness practices can help you cultivate a sense of peace and self-compassion.

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Seek out supportive relationships

The company we keep can significantly influence our journey towards self-love. Surrounding yourself with supportive, loving people creates an environment where you can thrive and feel valued. The people in your life should offer encouragement, provide comfort and remind you of your inherent worth.

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Celebrate your wins

Acknowledging and celebrating your achievements, no matter how small, reinforces your sense of self-worth and accomplishment. This practice of recognition helps build confidence and a positive self-image, serving as a reminder of your capabilities and progress on the path of self-love.

Remember: healthy sleep is self-love, too!

At Happsy, we believe that a good night's sleep is a fundamental part of self-love – and great sleep starts on a great mattress. Happsy’s organic bed-in-a-box is made without harmful chemicals, mindful of Mother nature and supremely comfy for your best night’s sleep. Getting the sleep you deserve each night is caring for yourself in the most intimate and restorative way possible.

Self-love is a journey that starts with a single step: making a commitment to foster your own happiness and well-being. 

At Happsy, we're here to support you on this path! Beyond the mattress, we’ve got self care tips ranging from morning routines to skin care routines over on the blog – check it out!