7 self-love habits you should have in the new year


Loving yourself, or accepting and appreciating yourself, is the key to a happy, fulfilling life.

“Self-love habits help you build stronger relationships with yourself and contribute to increased self-confidence,” says Julia Jarrold, therapist from the mental health platform Real.

Start each new day by showing love to yourself through these 8 habits.

Five-minute meditation

Meditation helps calm your mind, focus on the present, and realize your inner strength. Spending five minutes meditating every morning will make you more resilient to the stresses of the day.

Deep breath

Besides meditation, deep breathing is a way to bring about a sense of peace. Take at least a minute every morning to breathe deeply and allow yourself to be present in the moment.

Meditating or breathing deeply for a few minutes each morning will help you love yourself more. Photo: GoodtoKnow.

make the bed

Making your bed in the morning not only makes your room tidy, but it also gives you a feeling of “done with a task”. As a result, both your mood and confidence will be lifted.

Think of a place that makes you happy

We all have a special place where just thinking about it makes us happy. For example, one person is happy to imagine a beach, another person is calm as soon as they think of a forest. Thinking about where you feel happy is a form of mindfulness practice that helps reduce stress and increase focus.

Motivate yourself

Reading out loud a self-motivating sentence helps you to calm negative thoughts about yourself in your head. You can choose any self-motivating sentence, for example, “I’m just where I want to be” or “I believe in myself”.

Focus on one thing for which you are grateful

Gratitude involves positive mood and self-belief. Every morning when you wake up, think of one thing you are grateful for to start the day in a more positive way.

Thank you body

Take a few minutes to thank your body for what it does for you. This is especially important during negative moments like when you’re too tired to exercise, accidentally hurt someone, or hate your appearance. Focusing on physical beauty helps you “frame” bad thoughts to make room for the good and self-altruistic.

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