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Valentines day, a day filled with red hearts and “I love you’s” everywhere you look. A day filled with love and passion. But Valentine’s Day isn’t just about showing love to others, it’s about loving yourself! In today’s world, a lot of people with diseases and addictions find themselves battling them alone. Sometimes even crafted into hidden wars no one sees like, for example, eating disorders. Here are some ways you can practice self-love on Valentine’s Day and remind yourself how beautiful and wonderfully made you are.
As a center for eating disorders, we meet many people who struggle with body image. Eating disorders are complex and potentially life threatening illnesses that cannot only affect a person's mental health but physical health as well.
They do not discriminate, and may affect anyone regardless of age, weight, shape, gender, or race. Even outside of these disorders, society influences us to appear a certain way, creating internal struggles within a majority of individuals and the acceptance of their own body.
In honor of those who either have eating disorders or other issues related to body image, we are changing the name and the game. We’re proclaiming this Valentine’s Day to be a self-love day! We want you to see yourself on Valentine’s Day, take yourself out or stay in for a good time.
It’s time to look in the mirror and love who YOU are and what YOU have. Appreciate your body for what it does for you each day. Love your mind for all that it does too, even when you’re sleeping.
Body image is defined as, “How we think and feel about ourselves physically, and how we believe others see us”. So it starts with how YOU see yourself. So see yourself as beautiful and exceptional AS YOU ARE.
Body positivity starts with appreciating and loving yourself - so, will you promise me something? Make yourself a priority and make time for things that are important to us. If you take the time to care for your body and mind, not only will you look and feel great, but your self confidence will be shooting through the roof!
Healthy boundaries allow us to build who and what we are. They allow us to focus on the good, without falling out to the bad. Healthy boundaries are the type of boundaries that allow your mental and emotional health to remain stable and strong.
The journey of recovery, and fighting each day to keep going is a long road with lots of obstacles. But what we often seem to forget is who we are doing it for. One could say they are doing it for their family or their significant other. But truthfully, you are doing it for YOU.
You are fighting each day, You are not giving up, You are making the changes you want to see. So this year, instead of worrying about who will be your valentine, be a Valentine to yourself!
And to help kickstart the month, here are 8 simple ways to treat yourself on Valentine’s Day, and we challenge you to do at least 5 of them!
We challenge you to choose at least 5 ways to practice self-love on Valentine’s Day. Applying any combination of these self-care tips will make you feel rejuvenated, refreshed and ready to take on the world! Let’s do this together, and spread the love with every step we take!
Eating disorders are complex conditions that require professional, comprehensive care. If you or someone you know is showing signs of an eating disorder or has one and hasn’t received help, don’t wait any longer.