3-Step Self Love Rituals - Valentines

3-Step Self Love Rituals - Valentines: 3 Ways to Love Yourself More Than Ever this Valentines Day

For those that are in a relationship, Valentine’s Day might just be one of the healthiest days of the year, with a growing body of science showing with love comes a set of solid health benefits. Dr. Helen Riess, director of the Empathy and Relational Science Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, once told TIME how falling head over heels can help your health, both mentally and physically. Love busts stress, lowers anxiety, and overall just makes you happy!

But what about some of us who are by ourselves this Valentines? Don't fret, research shows that self-love is just as powerful in bestowing both mental and physical health benefits! But what is self-love? Self-love can be an elusive thing. When life is good, we love ourselves in abundance. But when things go wrong, we’re often the first to pile on and tear ourselves down.

Showing love, understanding, and acceptance to ourselves is not easy. But there are a few simple rituals we can do to help increase mindfulness, build a relationship with ourselves, and ultimately become more compassionate to our own body, mind, and spirit. I want to share these with you today.

Step 1: Deep breathing (Meditation)

Breathing is a basic human function. Deep breathing helps you concentrate on slow, deep breaths and helps you to disengage from distracting thoughts and sensations. 

How to do it? Just find a quiet, comfortable place to sit or lie down. First, take a normal breath. Then try a deep breath: Breathe in slowly through your nose, allowing your chest and lower belly to rise as you fill your lungs. Let your abdomen expand fully. Now breathe out slowly through your mouth (or your nose, whatever feels more natural). Do this for 2-5 minutes for beginners, and expanding to 10-20 minutes as you become more comfortable.

Our advice? Choose a special place where you can sit (or lie down) comfortably and quietly and don't try too hard. Work on it once or twice a day, and if you aim to do it at the same time every day, soon you'll establish a habit.

Step 2: Journaling (Recognize your own accomplishments)

Step 3: Home Spa (Treat yourself)

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