While February usually revolves around Valentine’s Day, it’s also International Boost Your Self-Esteem Month. Whether or not you’re currently part of a pair, it’s important to show yourself some love too.
So tomorrow, in between showering your kids with candy and your partner with romance, look for ways to be your own Valentine too. Here are 5 ideas to get you started.
5 Ways to Say “I Love You” to Yourself
1. Write a self-addressed love letter.
In addition to penning a love note to your sweetie, turn the tables and put your name in the salutation. The act of writing it down will force you to think about all of your achievements and positive qualities, ultimately improving your self-image.
Try to list at least five items for maximum self-love.
2. Accept a compliment.
You know the drill. A friend says she likes your new haircut, and you say, “Really? You don’t think it’s too short?”
Too many women simply don’t know how to accept a compliment graciously; that’s why they respond to flattery with disbelief and denial instead of gratitude.
When we rebuff a compliment, we miss a perfectly good opportunity to boost our self-esteem.
Next time you receive a bit of praise, resist the urge to refute it and instead respond with a simple “thank you.”
3. Get outside.
Yes, it’s cold out there. But studies show that getting some outdoor activity—even when the temps are frigid—can brighten your mood and improve your self-esteem.
Soak up the winter sunshine by going for a quick ten minute walk. Even better, invite a friend along for some girl talk along the way.
4. Lend a helping hand.
You know the warm fuzzy feeling you get after doing a good deed? It’s no coincidence.
Studies have shown a direct connection between our personal well-being and the amount of time we spend helping others. When we assist those in need, we experience both a boost in self-esteem and an increase in happiness levels.
This Valentine’s Day, spend some time volunteering with a cause that’s close to your heart. Whether you’re caring for animals at a shelter, helping kids with their homework, or cleaning up trash at a local park, you won’t just make someone else’s day—you’ll also feel great about yourself!
5. Quit comparing.
It’s easy to get down on yourself when you’re constantly thinking, “She’s so much prettier than I am,” or “She juggles the demands of motherhood way better than I do.” But those kinds of negative thoughts aren’t helping anyone.
Life isn’t a competition, so celebrate your successes without worrying about how you stack up against anyone else!