Many people are familiar with love languages—the different ways that different people show and receive love. Understanding your love language can benefit a relationship, but it can also help your relationship with yourself. Keep reading to learn some self-care ideas for your love language.
Words of Affirmation
If your love language is words of affirmation, you’re all about reading, writing and hearing words that are supportive and inspiring.
- Create affirmations: Affirmations are statements you can write or speak out loud to help you think positively. Often, affirmations focus on self-love and confidence.
- Write in a gratitude journal: Practicing gratitude can improve your mood, so writing in a gratitude journal is a great way to care for yourself with words.
- Read an inspiring book: If you don’t want to use your own words, consider reading an inspiring book—fiction or nonfiction. Read something that makes you feel good.
One of the most well-known love languages is physical touch. How do you translate touch to self-care?
- Take a bath: Make yourself a hot bath. Add a bath bomb, flower petals or epsom salts.
- Do yoga or stretch: Gently moving your body can also make you feel physically good. Practice yoga or stretching; this can be self-guided, or you can follow along with a video.
- Prioritize skin care: Create a new skin care routine or polish up an old one to take care of your skin.
If your love language is quality time, spend some time with yourself.
- Go on a solo date: A solo date is key to getting to know yourself better. Go to a restaurant or explore a city alone to get some quality alone time.
- Spend time on a hobby: Enjoy a hobby you love or discover a new hobby.
- Sleep in and enjoy a slow morning: Another way to spend some quality time with yourself is to sleep in and have a long, calm morning. Make breakfast, read or watch an episode of a show.
Acts of Service
Acts of service are important to many people in their relationships, and it can also be important to complete your own acts of service.
- Clean your space: Cleaning your space can help you quickly feel more calm and put together.
- Do something you’ve been putting off: Self-care isn’t always glamorous, so another act of service might be checking off something on your to-do list that you’ve been avoiding. Your future self will thank you.
- Create a garden: Gardening can be a peaceful hobby, and it can also serve the purpose of growing fresh food and flowers for yourself.
If you love receiving gifts, consider giving a gift to yourself.
- Order your dinner: Enjoy the gift of someone else cooking your food.
- Buy yourself flowers: You don’t have to wait for someone else to buy you flowers. Go to a nursery or grocery store and pick out a bouquet of flowers that make your senses happy.
- Treat yourself to a new purchase: Leave room in your budget to treat yourself to something you’ve been wanting.