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The Spring Guide to Self Love

Are you trying to figure out how to love yourself? Not only is spring the time for spring cleaning, but it’s also a time of growth and renewal on a more natural level. This can easily translate into your personal life.

Learning how to love yourself is pretty vital to positive self-growth and mental health. And while it’s generally better to learn how to love yourself as soon as possible, it’s truly better to work on yourself eventually than not at all.

Investing some more time in yourself:

Now that it’s springtime, are you ready to start growing and investing some more time in yourself? Are you ready to discover the things that allow you to feel the most self-content and satisfied with your personal life? It’s time to take a moment and figure out how to love yourself.

And even if you haven’t performed much self-care in the past, you can always take some baby steps of progress toward your goals, no matter where you are in your life.

Keep a Gratitude Journal:

If you’re anything like me, you own way more empty journals than you’re actively using right now. Or, even if you don’t own an extra journal, they’re generally pretty inexpensive from most craft stores. And you don’t need to get anything fancy either.

You can literally get a notebook from the dollar store for a few cents or set up a notepad on your phone or desktop if that’s all you want to spend. Regardless, I think it’s important to take time to write down some reasons why you love yourself in some sort of gratitude journal.

Learning how to love yourself can be really difficult if you’ve never done it before, so allowing yourself to take your progress as it comes and to go slowly can be very useful. In my experience, it’s much easier to shift your perspective from negative to neutral than negative to positive.

Gratitude Journal
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For example, if you have a really poor body image, it will be pretty difficult to love every inch of your body all at once. It’s much easier to take some time and appreciate your body for the work that it does for you or note just one positive thing that you like about your body than suddenly telling yourself that you’re model hot all at once.

How you decide to use a gratitude journal is up to you. Some people simply write out a shortlist of things that they like about themselves or how their life is going, and others will expand upon that list for pages and pages, describing how and why they appreciate these things.

And there are more variations to gratitude journaling than these two, but it’s always about finding the one that you can do the most reliably and healthily for yourself and your lifestyle.

I highly recommend setting a specific time for you to write in your gratitude journal, like first thing in the morning, right before you go to bed, or over your lunch. That can help you get into the habit of gratitude journaling.

Feel Your Feelings:

As I’ve already mentioned, spring is generally associated with cleaning up your home. I strongly believe that this cleaning ideology can also easily be applied to your mental health.

Just as you would need to sweep and vacuum on the floors and under the rugs of your home, it’s important to let yourself figure out what personal messes and experiences you’re dealing with. Even if this is something that is deeply tied to something like childhood trauma, allow yourself to cry, get angry, or otherwise feel your emotions unabashedly.

Feel Your Feelings
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This doesn’t mean you should necessarily be doing this in the middle of work in front of all your coworkers (though this occasionally can’t be helped because we don’t have direct control over our emotions all the time). However, it does mean that you’re allowed to step outside or take up some space for yourself, or even confide in a friend whom you trust if you need to.

Remember to Drink Water:

While this tip is a simple one, it is something that is regularly and easily forgotten. Unless I’m consciously thinking about drinking enough water during the day, I might suddenly be surprised by the presence of a headache or exhaustion out of seemingly nowhere.

However, making sure that you drink enough fluids can help keep your body properly hydrated (especially if you’ve just had a good cry and need to replenish) and function at its best.

The amount of water you should be drinking depends on a number of different factors, including how much you exercise, how much you weigh, and even what age you are. However, a good rule of thumb is to aim for water whenever you start to feel thirsty, and to always drink water whenever you start to get thirsty or experience other symptoms of dehydration.

 

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