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It’s Valentine’s Day -- and while society has declared  this a day to celebrate friendships and loved ones, it’s important to be just as kind to yourself. . Laura Shaffner, upper school counselor, has shared four ways to practice self-love this Valentine’s Day. 

Identify what you love about yourself.
“Make a list and consciously identify things you love about yourself,” Ms. Shaffner said. “This may feel funny to think about because so often we are focusing our love and care outward towards friends and family but it’s really important to turn our lens inward and show ourselves the same level of love, compassion, and self-care that we show others.” 

Treat yourself. 
“You deserve it,” Ms. Shaffner explains. A few ways you can do this is by indulging in your favorite treat, make a recipe you’ve been wanting to try, pick up a new book to read for fun, or just simply give yourself a few hours to do something you really enjoy and not worry about anything else. 

Get involved in a self-love challenge. 
We shouldn’t just practice self-love on special occasions, it should be an everyday occurrence. Ms. Shaffner notes that month-long self-care challenges are popping up all over the web. 

Nurture yourself, and remember that you are multifaceted. 
“Extend kindness and gentleness to yourself as you continue to navigate winter and everything going on right now,” she said. “Try not to identify yourself with only the struggles you face on a given day. Each day you should acknowledge what you did well and consciously let go of anything that didn’t go well because tomorrow is a new day.” 

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