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16 Ways to Practice Self-Love

woman looking in the mirror saying self-love affirmations

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Self-love is being good to yourself. If you do not know how to be good to yourself, don’t fret — you can learn. Practice loving yourself by committing to (at least) one small act of self-kindness daily.

Ways to Say I Love You to Yourself:

  • Stay hydrated
  • Move your body
  • Care for your body
  • Maintain your emotional and mental health
  • Communicate your needs
  • Pat yourself on the back
  • Recognize when you need a break
  • Take a break
  • Recite positive affirmations
  • Practice self-compassion
  • Accept responsibility
  • Allow yourself to feel
  • Protect your peace
  • Find things that bring you peace
  • Evolve (always)
  • Take care

This post is part of a series by Nedra Glover Tawwab, a licensed therapist and sought-after relationship expert. For more wisdom from Nedra, follow her on Instagram @nedratawwab or check out her website,

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