5 Ways to Tell Yourself 'I Love You'

It's often said that the most important relationship you'll ever have is the one with yourself. Shaping your self-esteem, self-worth and self-confidence, how you view and care for yourself becomes the blueprint for how you show up in your relationships and the world around you. 

Yet, it's surprising how often we forget to express self-love. Telling yourself "I love you" is not just a feel-good phrase, but a powerful affirmation that can strengthen your emotional resilience and personal growth.

Are you ready to deepen your relationship with yourself? Here are five simple yet profound ways to tell yourself 'I love you'.

  • Creating self-care rituals: Prioritise time for activities that make you feel good – treat yourself! It's also important to occasionally indulge in the little luxuries of life. Whether that means booking a night at a fancy hotel, taking a soothing bubble bath, trying out a new restaurant during happy hour or simply buying your favourite latte, these acts of self-kindness remind you that you are worth celebrating. To add a new dimension to your ‘you’ time, explore our blog with LBDO on 5 Essential Rituals for Self-Pleasure. Carving out time for the things that bring you true joy will rejuvenate your mind, body and soul.
  • Practise positive self-talk: We all have an inner voice, and it's crucial to guide that voice to be your best cheerleader. Replace negative self-talk with positive affirmations. Try these JSHealth favourites: "My body is strong and thrives on balance", “I am capable, I am strong and I am enough” or "I am healthy, happy, confident, and beautiful exactly as I am”. This helps to rewire any negative thoughts and beliefs about yourself. Speak to yourself as you would to a loved one, with compassion and understanding.
  • Take care of your physical health: Loving yourself also means taking care of your body. This can be through regular movement (in ways you enjoy!), eating balanced and nourishing foods, getting enough quality sleep and practising good hygiene. When you feel your best physically, this will enhance your mental and emotional state. 
  • Set boundaries: Recognise when others may be crossing your boundaries and work to communicate them clearly. Remember that it’s okay to say no to others when you need time for yourself. Setting boundaries is a way of acknowledging your worth and ensuring your own needs are met. This way, you’re not only respecting yourself but also teaching others how to treat you with love and respect.
  • Celebrate your achievements: Too often, we focus on our mistakes and overlook our accomplishments. Make it a habit to celebrate your wins, no matter how small. This boosts your self-confidence and reinforces your self-love.

Nurturing the ways you show love to yourself asks for ongoing patience and care, like cultivating a garden. You’re creating a nurturing space for your own flourishing. Cherish who you are, recognise your worth and radiate that love to those around you!