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10 Ways to Practice Self-Love this Valentine’s Day



1. Start each morning with some affirmations.  

Talk about what you like about yourself, something you are proud of, or instill confidence in yourself that everything will work out.  Take this time to be kind to yourself.

2. Move your body.  

Whether that be some light stretching or yoga, running, or Tik Tok dances, move a little everyday to release some endorphins!

3. Smile in the mirror.

Research says that a simple smile can produce a change in brain activity and mood.

4. Digital break.

With everything shifting online, this can be very stressful to always be online and “plugged in”.  Take a break and spend time away from screens, whether that be reading, doing a puzzle, going for a walk, or just spending time with the people you love.

5. Reach out to people who make you feel good.

Make it a point to talk to people who leave you feeling happy after.  This can be family members, friends, or even someone you haven’t talked to in a while! 

6. Do some journaling.

Journaling is a great way to practice self-love.  Some great prompt ideas include writing down what you are grateful for, what you are looking forward to, or why you are proud of yourself.

7. Find your passion.

Explore hobbies that bring you joy and try new things.

8. Put yourself first.

If you need time to recharge, decline that FaceTime.  It’s okay to take time for yourself and not feel bad about it.

9. Stop comparing yourself to others.

Social media is notorious for this.  People only show the highlights of their lives.  In real life, remind yourself that everyone is on their own timeline.  Life is not a race, there are no rules, and you are not behind.

10. Get enough sleep.

We’ve heard it time and time again, however it does not get any less important.  Prioritize your sleep because it is so important in keeping you mentally and physically healthy.  You need to upkeep your physical and mental health in order to be able to have the time and energy to work on your emotional health and self-love journey.    


Melissa is President and Campus Correspondent of Her Campus at Bentley University.  She is a senior majoring in Marketing and minoring in Spanish and Psychology.  Melissa studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain!  In her free time, she loves to read, write, play tennis, volunteer, and spend time with family and friends.  You'll usually find her exploring new places and restaurants and then writing articles about them!       
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