14 Healthy Ways to Love Yourself All Year Long

woman hugging large red heartHappy Valentine’s Day! You might be counting down the hours until it’s time to celebrate with your honey, or you’re desperately trying to avoid the Valentine’s aisle at your local drug store. However you feel about the day of love, you can use the holiday as a much needed reminder to bask in some self love. In honor of the holiday, Sharita Jennings, trainer and blogger at GetFitLikeThat.com, has 14 healthy ways to love yourself for Valentine’s Day and all year long.

1. Write Self-Love Notes. Love notes aren’t just for your special someone. Self-love through affirmations and positive thinking can actually be good for overall health and mental performance. According to psychologist, Carmen Harra, “much like exercise, [affirmations] raise the level of feel-good hormones.” You can practice this by listing out the things you love about yourself in a letter or card. Read it and add to it often!

2. Massage Away the Stress. Stressing out and living a mostly sedentary lifestyle can cause you to hold carry extra tension in your muscles. A deep tissue massage can release tension and help you get moving with less pain!

3. Find Love Outdoors. Your very own city could be home to a beautiful national park or other hidden neighborhood treasures. Check out FindYourPark.com to find a new trail right around the corner.