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6 Ways to Practice Self-Love

Valentine’s Day is all about love. Loving others and trying to make others happy can be a challenging task. From buying presents to giving hugs and saying kind words, when we love someone we do everything in our power to make sure they know it. But we can’t do this right if we don’t love ourselves and make ourselves happy first.  Paulina Acuña, a Psychologist and Eating Behaviors Specialist who is interning at Mary’s Center, says sometimes we can forget about one of the most important kinds of love, SELF-LOVE. Here's her advice:

Figuring out ways to practice self-love can guarantee a life of balance and wellbeing, not only physically but emotionally as well. Here are some easy ways to start practicing self-love.

1. Eat Healthy and Stay Hydrated. Taking care of your diet is one of the biggest declarations of love to your own body. Nothing says “I love you” more than a healthy, balanced and delicious meal for yourself. Also, drinking the right amount of water during the day will keep you hydrated, fresh and happy.

2. Don’t be so Judgmental, especially when looking at yourself in the mirror. All the unkind words that you think or say or to yourself cause harm. Take a minute to reflect on what kind of message you are sending to your body every time you see your reflection. Do your best to change from a negative message to a positive one that embraces who you are and encourages you to achieve your goals, a message that comes from self-acceptance and not from self-rejection.

3. Invest in your Health. Just like we are willing to spend money on clothes, accessories or other material things, we should be willing to invest in our health. Never forget that your health is as important, or I would even say more important, than that. Go to the doctor often to get checked, go to the dentist, seek professional therapy and invest your money in meaningful ways to make yourself feel better both physically and mentally.

4. Fall in Love With Yourself. What would you do if you were trying to make another person fall in love with you? Take him/her on a date? Buy him/her a present? Write him/her a letter? How long has it been since you did this kind of thing for yourself? Practice self-love by scheduling a date with yourself once a month. Take yourself out to dinner at your favorite restaurant. Post encouraging words on your desk for you to read. Buy yourself that pair of shoes you have been wanting for so long as a present. From you, to you. Remember that it is no one else’s responsibility to make you happy.

5. Forgive Yourself. Keep in mind that nobody is perfect. Allow yourself to learn and grow from your mistakes. We all have an opportunity to be better every day; do not deny yourself that opportunity by being stuck in the past. Let go of mistakes and give yourself the chance to start over.

6. Stay Active. Whether it is by running a mile at the park, taking a yoga class or going to the gym, make sure that you are giving your body the amount of exercise it needs.

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Paulina AcuñAbout Paulina Acuña Quiroz

Paulina Acuña (Psychologist and Eating Behaviors Specialist) is interning at Mary’s Center through The Washington Center as a part of the Sonora100 program, a program that rewards the top 50 young entrepreneurs in the state of Sonora, Mexico, with a scholarship to come to Washington D.C. She is from Nogales, Mexico, where she runs an eating behaviors and mental health clinic for people of all ages who seek a healthier lifestyle. Paulina, who is bilingual in English and Spanish, enjoys engaging with people in the process of positive change. She has received many distinctions in her city and state for the positive impact her clinic has on the community.

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