“Love yourself first.”
It’s an eye-roll inducing cliche that Carrie Bradshaw probably expressed some variation of on Sex and The City. (Edit: We googled it, she did say that). But this overplayed sentiment harbors a whole lot of truth. As Valentine’s Day approaches, challenge yourself to really get out there again by dating yourself. Here’s how:
Go to lunch alone
When did dining-out in solitude get such a bad rap? The dread that exists around eating-out solo is def a product of the “kid sitting alone at lunch” phenomenon. Find a local cafe you’ve never been to. Bring a good book and relish the absence of little voices yelling “Moooooom” over. and over. again.
Write yourself love letters
We HAVE to start being nicer to ourselves. Write yourself a letter and say, “no really, leftover frozen pizza paired with gogurt is a perfectly balanced meal!” It’s awkward, sure. But it’s worth it, and so are you.
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Make yourself a priority
This doesn’t mean that you have to skip little league games in the name of a fresh mani-pedi (Although, we wouldn’t judge you if you did). Taking 10 minutes of time for yourself every day can come in many forms.