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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

How to Practice Self-Love

Self-love isn’t selfish, but a matter of survival to give yourself the respect and attention you deserve as you journey toward lasting sobriety. 

In fact, building (or improving upon) a love relationship with yourself will help you make better decisions, pick better partners and friends and better cope with the ups and downs of your new sober life. 

A few relatively simple activities can help ensure that you’re kind to yourself – mind, body and spirit. Start by giving a few of these self-love activities a whirl this Valentine’s Day:
  • Wake up with love. Instead of grabbing your smartphone, grab a piece of paper and write yourself a little love note. Remind yourself why you are so deserving of the great day you are bound to have today. 
  • Make time to meditate. If this isn’t already part of your daily practice, you may consider giving it a try. Start with five minutes of quiet meditation and follow it up with five minutes of writing in a journal to document your experience.
  • Put a stop to negative thinking. Grab an elastic band and put it on your right wrist. If you criticize yourself today, move it to your left as a reminder to put an end to any negative self-talk. 
  • Enjoy little pleasures. Go for a brisk walk or jog, cook up a healthful breakfast, take an extra long shower, sit with a crossword puzzle, meet a friend for coffee, splurge on a movie – do something today that awakens your body and mind. 
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