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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Inter SG chapter.

​Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and that means one thing: discount chocolates on the 15th. On a serious note, it’s just a few days away and whether you’re celebrating it by yourself or with company, take some time this season of love for the most important person: YOU!

​Self-love is when you accept yourself with all your flaws and strengths and you appreciate yourself. It’s really hard to love people around you, when you don’t love yourself because you don’t have a clear idea of what love really is. Some people love and appreciate themselves and the bodies they’ve been given with ease, while others have to go through some hard experiences and learn to love themselves with time. It’s not an easy task, I’d say it’s one of the hardest things to mentally get yourself to do, but you will get there. If you’re struggling, don’t be scared to ask for help. Once you decide ‘enough is enough. It’s time to love myself’, celebrate every accomplishment, no matter how small you may think it is.  

​You’re the only person you have at the end of the day, so why not give yourself some love? Take some time and get a mirror, look at yourself, really look at yourself. Ignore all the superficial things. Start with your feet, they ground you and connect you with the earth. Thank those feet for allowing you to feel sand between your toes and feel the rain on the ground. Those legs take you on different adventures. They allow you to keep moving forward, appreciate them. Thank your torso, that’s where some of your most vital organs live. Breath in and out, watch your torso move up and down and appreciate how you’re able to do so. Feel your heartbeat, you’re alive! It’s all beautiful. Continue to your arms, they write beautiful things, make art, hug and hold hands. Lastly, take a look at your head. You’re beautiful! Keep that head held high, it makes good decisions and holds precious memories. It gave you a wonderful pair of eyes that help you see the world and a smile you could give someone and brighten their day and a voice to spread positivity and laughter. A voice to be raised against injustice and fight for what’s right. Appreciate those little details about yourself, because you were perfectly made.

​Don’t use negative words to describe yourself, self-love is important because YOU are important. You matter, you make this world a better place, don’t be harsh on yourself. Improvement is good but do it for yourself. This Valentine’s Day, take yourself out for a date. If you already have plans, don’t let February end without some time to yourself. Read a book at the beach, go watch a movie in the theater, anything that you want to do; do it.

Hi! My name is Nacelyn and I'm majoring in political science. I joined the HC Inter SG chapter about two years ago and have since continued to develop my writing skills. My writing interests include politics and social issues, among other things. Besides writing, I currently serve as co-correspondent for the chapter.