35+ ways to practise self-love using your love language

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Because if you can't love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?

Talking about self-care and love languages are up there with 2 of my favourite discussion topics. If you're unfamiliar, allow me to enlighten you.

5waystolove.com puts it perfectly when it says "different people with different personalities give and receive love in different ways". When you recognise how you like to be loved, you can effectively give yourself the self-love and care you rightly deserve.

We have some descriptions below if you're unsure which language you fall into and also remember you can have multiple love languages too.

1. Physical touch

To this person, nothing speaks more deeply than appropriate physical touch.

  • Create a beautiful skincare routine that makes you feel looked after
  • Draw yourself a bubble bath with relaxing essential oils
  • Dry brush your skin
  • Give yourself a scalp massage or treatment
  • Give yourself a manicure or book a nail art appointment
  • Exfoliate
  • Moisturise your skin after a shower
  • Spend 10 minutes stretching or doing some yoga
  • Get intimate with yourself... you know what we mean *wink* *wink*

Editor's picks for physical touch self-love

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✨ Pick #1: Fenty Beauty Start'R Skincare Set

💰 Price: $59

🛍 Where to buy: Sephora

✨ Pick #2: Salt By Hendrix Bath To Body Oil

💰 Price: $39.95

🛍 Where to buy: THE ICONIC

✨ Pick #3: Womanizer Liberty by Lily Allen

💰 Price: $119.96 (20% off)

🛍 Where to buy: Lovehoney

2. Quality time

This language is all about giving undivided attention.

  • Schedule a date night with yourself
  • Enjoy a walk with your favourite podcast
  • Explore nature
  • Read a book you've been meaning to
  • Watch your favourite TV series
  • Journal
  • Meditate (we recommend the Balance or Calm app)
  • Wake up early to spend time alone before your day begins
  • Write down some daily affirmations

Editor's picks for quality time self-love

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✨ Pick #1: Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton

💰 Price: $20.86

🛍 Where to buy: Book Depository

✨ Pick #2: Apple AirPods

💰 Price: $119

🛍 Where to buy: Amazon

✨ Pick #3: The Five-Minute Journal

💰 Price: $38.99

🛍 Where to buy: Amazon

3. Acts of service

For these people, actions speak louder than words.

  • Create an achievable to-do list and check things off it
  • Do something your future self will thank you for
  • Declutter or clean your space
  • Set up an automatic transfer to your savings account
  • Try cooking something new or just your favourite meal
  • Donate to a cause you believe in or volunteer
  • Call a loved one or friend you haven't caught up with in a while
  • Set yourself monthly goals to work towards
  • Create a monthly budget

Editor's picks for acts of service self-love

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✨ Pick #1: Get Shit Done Notebook

💰 Price: $9.95

🛍 Where to buy:

✨ Pick #2: Ecoya Kitchen Cleaning Set

💰 Price: $39.00

🛍 Where to buy: eBay

✨ Pick #3: Unf*ck Your Finances by Melissa Browne

💰 Price: $24.99

🛍 Where to buy: Booktopia

4. Receiving gifts

For some people, receiving a heartfelt gift is what makes them feel most loved.

  • Buy yourself your favourite flowers
  • Enrol in a new class or course
  • Start a DIY home project
  • Splurge on something you've had your eye on
  • Order takeaway
  • Invest in a passion project
  • Do a pottery class or an adult paint by numbers

Editor's picks for receiving gifts self-love

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✨ Pick #1: Daisy Bouquet

💰 Price: $29.95

🛍 Where to buy: Bloomex Australia

✨ Pick #2: Urban Greens Kitchen Herbs Grow Kit

💰 Price: $15

🛍 Where to buy: Myer

✨ Pick #3: Paint By Numbers

💰 Price: $29.99

🛍 Where to buy: Cotton On

5. Words of affirmation

This language uses words to affirm their feelings and emotions.

  • Start a gratitude journal
  • Write notes for yourself and stick them around your home and/or office
  • Verbalise your affirmations
  • Try a free self-love meditation (there are heaps on YouTube and Spotify)
  • Set self-care check-ins and reminders on your phone

Editor's picks for words of affirmation self-love

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✨ Pick #1: The Box of Emotions

💰 Price: $21.25

🛍 Where to buy: Booktopia

✨ Pick #2: Mindfulness Dice

💰 Price: $28.42

🛍 Where to buy: Amazon

✨ Pick #3: Daily Gratitude Journal

💰 Price: $22

🛍 Where to buy: Amazon

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