It's mid February, and as we all know, love is in the air! It's that time of the year again where heart-shaped chocolates fill the aisles of grocery stores, flower shops are bustling, and restaurant reservations for the 14th are filling up fast.
But whether you're planning for a romantic night out with your partner or celebrating with your closest circle of friends, let's take a moment to show appreciation and love to the person you've literally spent your entire life with - you.
Why is self-love important? Psychology studies show that self-love is key to mental health and well-being, as we tend to be quite hard on ourselves due to our desires to excel and succeed in our goals. Showing compassion towards ourselves enables us to better cope with embarrassment and failures in the future, as well as develop a more positive outlook in life. Yet, for the modern woman, it gets increasingly difficult to actually find the time for self-love in our busy lives. So in the spirit of Valentine's day, I'd like to invite you to take a moment from your hectic schedule and spend a little you-time to celebrate your amazing, unique self.
If you're unsure of how, here are 5 ideas for ways you can show yourself some love this Valentine's!
1. Try that new yoga/barre/kickboxing class you've put on the back burner
There's nothing like showing your body some love by getting your heart rate up. Engaging in a physical activity, especially one that you genuinely enjoy, allows you to be present in your body, build strength and take a break from your daily life stressors.
2. Write a letter to yourself
Self reflection is important in helping us not only understand our experiences but enabling us to grow from them as well. Think about what's happened in the past and how those events shaped you into the person you are today. Be kind and show yourself compassion for the mistakes you've made. Share your future dreams and aspirations, providing yourself words of encouragement and empowerment.
3. Create a vision board
A vision board is a collage of images and words that encompasses your aspirations and goals. Your dreams deserve to be acknowledged but it's easy for reality to get in our way of thinking about what we really want out of life. Creating a vision board allows us to bring clarity to what we want to achieve and provides a source of motivation. Our founder is a big believer in vision boards herself - read more about it here!
4. Spend a night in with an epsom salt bath
Epsom salts consist of magnesium and sulfate and it's believed that the combination of these two ingredients has detoxification effects on your body. Although it's not scientifically proven that your body will absorb these minerals in a bath, enthusiasts have reported significant improvements to their wellbeing from epsom salts. Either way, there is no harm in taking a warm bath and you can experiment to see whether epsom salts can benefit your body. Remember, every body is different so what works for one might not work another!
5. Cook yourself a delicious, nutritious meal
Your body is amazing, strong and capable, and it's time to appreciate all that it has done for you! Thank your body by treating it with a satisfying, delicious yet healthy meal. With a busy schedule, it's completely understandable that you don't usually have the time to cook a gourmet dinner. So set aside the time to be meticulous in the kitchen and explore a new recipe! If you're looking for some inspiration, we love browsing through @hemsleyhemsley's feed for new recipe ideas.
We hope we've sparked some inspiration for self-love this Valentine's. Remember that you are unique, and there's no one else in the world quite like you! Here at Flöka, we want to empower women to celebrate their individuality and optimize their health and wellness. We're working on a powerful technology that can help women uncover unique correlations between the different facets of their health. To find out more about our app, click here.