With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, many of us are looking for ways to show our love to others (in the form of roses and chocolate, perhaps). But let’s not forget one very important person who deserves your love: you.
Think about it: when was the last time you actively thought something positive about yourself? Do you truly know how to love yourself?
This February at UMA, we’re encouraging women everywhere to embrace their natural beauty as part of our Dare to Go Bare campaign. An essential part of coming to accept and cherish the skin you’re in is to learn how to truly love yourself. While it may not be at the forefront of your mind, practicing self-love is immensely important to maintaining your health, both inside and out. Our mindset greatly determines how we approach life’s daily challenges, and practicing self-love is a key way to maintain a positive outlook on life. Plus, when you feel good about yourself, positive feelings are radiated to those around you as well. Now that’s something we can get on board with.
Not sure where to begin? Here are 4 simple steps you can take this Valentine’s Day to show yourself some love:
1. Unwind your mind
A healthy mind makes for a healthy soul. Even if you’ve never considered it, we encourage you to try meditation. When the stress of the day has left you feeling a bit frazzled, spend a few minutes by yourself relaxing your mind and resetting your thoughts. Finding a quiet space and using any of our Wellness Oils can help transport you to a tranquil state of mind. Mental and emotional health are just as important as physical health, so don’t neglect caring for your mind in addition to your body this Valentine’s Day.
2. Let’s chat
One of the best ways to show yourself some love this Valentine’s Day is to practice positive body/self talk. While you stand in front of the mirror each morning, try complimenting yourself and reminding yourself that you’re awesome. A couple mantras we like are: “I am a goddess and I’m worthy of love,” and “I am beautiful with or without makeup. I don’t need to hide myself!” It may sound silly, but finding a few things to appreciate about yourself each and every day can genuinely change how you feel about yourself both inside and out.
3. Lather up
Two words: bubble bath. Sometimes simply indulging in a warm bath does the trick for relaxing and unwinding your body. Add our deliciously scented Intensely Nourishing Hair Oil and allow feelings of serenity to come over you from head-to-toe. But if a bubble bath isn’t your style (we won’t judge), try a massage instead. With our Absolute Anti-Aging Body Oil, you never have to leave the comfort of your own home to feel pampered.
4. Grab a friend
No significant other? No problem! Grab a few of your best girlfriends and celebrate your friendships this Valentine’s Day. As women, we should strive to build strong support systems and boost each other up whenever possible. Each of us are working to love and think positively about ourselves, and encouraging each other along our paths to self-love makes the journey that much more rewarding.
On a day like Valentine’s Day - which is all about love - make sure to set aside time to care for yourself as much as you do for your loved ones.
Do you have a different way of practicing self-love? Tell us in the comments below!