Self Love Bucket List
Self-love could be described as an appreciation of one’s own worth. Or as having the proper regard for and attention to one’s own happiness and well-being.
Sounds simple and straightforward enough, but what might be right for one person won’t be for another. And even though people generally understand the concept, a lot of people struggle with actually practicing care and self-love.
Life is stressful and there are demands on our time coming from so many different directions. So taking time for ourselves can feel selfish and leave us with feelings of guilt. But I believe that the more stressful life is, the more important it is for us to take some time to practice self-care. When we feel taken care of and mentally relaxed were able to take better care of the people we love and feel recharged and ready for the work we do.
Therefore, I’m sharing my self-love bucket list with the hope that it will inspire someone to start some self care practices of their own. Or to add some of these care ideas to their own existing list!
Self Love Bucket List
Practice Self Love
- Watch the sunrise
- Develop a morning routine
- Keep a journal
- Spend time in nature
- Take yourself on a date
- Have a spa day
Watching the sunrise is one of the most peaceful ways to start the day.
The house is quiet, the city is quiet, it’ll probably be some of the most peaceful moments of the day. Take a few minutes to practice gratitude for the good things in our lives, both big and small. Doing so can have a positive impact on how we feel the rest of the day.
Creating a meaningful morning routine can help us foster good habits that will set us up for success in life.
If you have children or a busy work schedule, creating a morning routine may require waking up earlier. But it’s time that’s set aside just for. And you get to decide what practices will help empower you to be the best version of yourself.
My morning routine looks like this. Wake up at 6 am. Drink a large glass of water. Then I brush my teeth and Gua Sha my face. After that, I make a cup of tea and journal for about 20 minutes. Lastly, I write down a list of the top 6 things I need to get done for the day. This list is always in the notes on my phone. I update it daily and check items off as I get them done throughout the day. I usually spend an hour doing all this in the morning. By then Rama usually wakes up and requires my full attention. I’m always grateful to start out the day in silence organizing my thoughts and doing something for myself.
Journaling has many benefits which include calming and clearing the mind.
Letting go of negative thoughts, reducing stress, promoting and enhancing your creativity, and the list goes on and on. Sometimes it’s hard to sit and write. Or you don’t feel like you have much you want to write about, start with writing that. Just get your pen moving and it will get easier the more you do it. My daily journaling began after reading The Artist’s Way.
Being in nature is a great way to reset.
Sitting or walking by water can induce a calming and even meditative state. Fresh air and sunshine can help energize us. And being away from the hustle of the city can help clear our minds and leave us feeling more grounded.
If you can’t actually leave the city, try walking on the beach, picnicking in the park, or gardening in your yard.
Take yourself on a date!
Put makeup on and get dressed up for yourself, or don’t! Have an evening that’s all about you. A lot of times people feel strange going to eat by themselves or going to the movies on their own. The first few times that I went out on my own at night I did! Not only do I love it now, but it’s also something I look forward to doing again at some point. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll always enjoy going out with friends. However, sometimes it’s nice to not worry about anyone else and just do your own thing. And at the end of a long week or month, that’s something I really look forward to.
Have a spa day
Before Covid, I tried to make a spa date every few months, either with friends or solo. It’s not always necessary to book an expensive treatment either. Most of the time I’d pay for a day pass and use all the amenities like the sauna, steam room, and jacuzzi.
Since I haven’t been able to do that in well over a year, I try my best to have a spa day at home. Create a relaxing atmosphere in your own bathroom. Light scented candles use an essential oil like lavender or eucalyptus in an aromatherapy diffuser. Take a hot bath or long shower. At least once a week do a face mask or hair mask to pamper yourself. Unplug from social media! Try your best to block out the stresses of real life for a short period of time. You’ll never regret it.
Other Ideas to add to your bucket list
- Go for a long walk
- Take a nap
- Create a playlist
- Take a trip
- Buy yourself flowers
In the end
At the end of the day, we all want to feel loved and appreciated. We’re so used to looking for validation from outside sources. And it is nice to be appreciated for who we are and what we do. However the sooner we can really start to appreciate and truly love ourselves, the better off we’ll be!
Please share any thoughts or items you think should be added to this list below!