Love yourself a little this Valentine's day

The longer I’m around, the more I realize how important it is to cultivate a loving relationship with yourself. Self-care and self-love sound like the latest buzz words within the wellness-mindfulness world and they might be. They’re also key for building meaningful relationships with others.

Ahimsa, nonviolence, is the first ethical observance mentioned in the yoga sutras. This nonviolence starts with ourselves with how we treat our body and mind everyday. With compassion and love, we will grow and flourish. Maybe this sounds out there to you but try it. Try one of the (free) self-care practices below for a few weeks and see if you notice a difference in how you feel. Notice if how you treat yourself affects how you interact and treat others. The whole nonviolence thing is a big ask and a big task. Even a little nonviolence and love goes a long way.

We all need a little extra love and today is as good a day as any to start.

Self Care suggestions:

Look at yourself in the mirror and give yourself a compliment.

Laying in bed at night, thank yourself for one thing you did on that day

Take a few minutes before bed to rub oil on your feet - any oil will do at first but sesame is a good one to try

Sit quietly at any point during the day - take a deep breath or ask that you may be filled with loving kindness

Release yourself from an expectation or even part of an expectation

Tell you that you love you

I’m sure there are many more out there- How do you express self-love?