50 Ways to Love Yourself

ways to love yourself

February is the month of love. It’s a time draped in red and chocolate, cut-out hearts, lace, and flowers. But what if this Valentine’s you took the time to love yourself a little bit more? I’m not saying forget everyone else, but how about basking in a little you time. Here are some suggestions on how to celebrate you.

Stand naked in front of the mirror and say “I’m hot.”
Initiate sex with your partner.
Splurge, even if the budget doesn’t allow it, on a massage.
Take yourself out to a movie.
Eat a chocolate bar without feeling guilty.
Try a new hair color.
Ignore everyone else while you’re on the phone with a friend.
Forgive yourself for a bad decision.
Order yourself a personal massager.
Play hooky from work for a day and do whatever you want (even if it’s sleep).
Drink too much.
Read something trashy.
Overdose on reality TV.
Turn the music up really loud in your room and dance for five minutes.
Have him lotion your legs.
Buy whatever you want at Target.
Sing in the car really, really loud to Shania Twain. Even if Shania is not your thing.
Get a pedicure.
Get a makeover at the makeup counter and buy nothing.
Sleep naked.
Cut all the sizes out of your clothes.
Stop into the salon for a trim or a blowout.
Make a coupon book of “things everyone else can do for you” and give it to your family. Name it: We Love Mom.
Craft something fabulous.
Donate to a cause that benefits women or girls.
Have a date night with Ryan Gosling and Google Images.
Push yourself a little bit harder during your workout.
Go back to school.
Try something new.
Write a thank-you note to your teenage self.
Rent or stream Bridesmaids at a friend’s house and lose your minds with laughter.
While blow drying your hair, pretend you're Beyonce.
Book a hot air balloon ride (trust me on this).
Get fitted for a bra.
Wear high heels or platform wedges for date night.
Light a candle, get comfy on the couch, and read a book.
Lock the door behind you and tell everyone “I’m not here right now.”
Sleep in.
Be thankful and write it down somewhere where you can find it later.
Sext with your mate.
Take the first step in doing what you have always wanted.
Log off from Facebook for a week.
Order takeout tonight.
Throw out your scale.
Pledge to not say “I’m sorry” for one day.
Visit an art museum.
Eat some fries.
Deep condition your hair.
Visit Shape of a Mother.
Paint your nails red. 

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50 Ways to Love Yourself

Liz Henry is the irreverent voice behind the award-winning blog The Six Year Itch. She lives with her daughter and her partner, Slasher, in Philadelphia. That's not his real name and that's not her real hair color. Her soft middle is totally real. Liz graduated summa cum lazy with a degree in English literature, which means she knows how to write properly, but rarely does. She loves Harry Potter and Luna is her favorite. ... More

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  1. Beth says:

    Playing hooky, reading something trashy, drinking too much, overdosing on tv, and making irresponsible purchases don’t sound like ways to celebrate who I am… Though there are some great ideas listed here, "what happens in Vegas" won’t stay in Vegas. You’ll eventually have to pay for some of these decisions in a not-so-forgiving way.

  2. kearaann says:

    This is great. things just for you instead of everyone else. picking one thing for myself without worrying about everyone else will be a big change for me… but i am going to try it

  3. I do love when I let me sleep in 🙂

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