10 Simple Ways to Love Yourself a Little More Each Day

Want to learn how to love yourself? Think you can’t? You can — even if you believe you’re too much of a work in progress.

You can do this by learning how to practice healthy self-care a little every day.

Loving yourself is not about looking better than your social media friends or keeping up with the Jones. It’s not about accomplishing great feats or accumulating massive wealth and material things. These are illusions of happiness.

And happiness doesn’t have a timeline. You can’t say, “I’ll be happy with myself when I lose 20 pounds, or when the kids get through school, or when I start earning a decent living.”

Happiness comes from the inside, from showing yourself respect, compassion, and acceptance.

Being happy with yourself and your life is more often about the little things: Small, straightforward actions that you take every day to feel good about yourself and your place in the world.

But when you’re a busy person and your mind is full of all the things you haven’t yet done, you can easily and mistakenly lead yourself to believe that you aren’t enough. You tell yourself that you’re missing out, and instead, you’re overlooking all that you have and the beautiful person you are.

So, how do you learn to appreciate yourself more?

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You pay attention. Block out the noise and reconnect with yourself throughout the day, and you’ll notice a lightness in your being and a pep in your step.

Here are 10 simple ways to love yourself a little more and bring joy into your life when you feel inadequate.

1. Set Smaller Goals.

Sometimes you can reach too high too fast, and become discouraged when you don’t meet your goals.

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Be vigilant about bug spray – Harvard Health Blog

Ticks and mosquitoes don’t care about COVID-19 safety protocols. They don’t care that people are trying to squeeze out the last moments of this restrictive summer by getting outdoors, hiking, or just sitting on their decks at night and feeling something that’s close to normal.

COVID-19 has commanded our attention and caused people to adapt their behaviors to prevent one major health concern, but it doesn’t mean others have been eliminated. “Masks and social distancing will do nothing to protect you from what ticks and mosquitoes potentially carry,” says Dr. Todd Ellerin, director of infectious diseases and vice chairman of the department of medicine at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, Massachusetts, and an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Ellerin adds another reason to remain vigilant: tick-borne illnesses and COVID-19 share symptoms, such as fevers, achiness, fatigue, sore throats, rashes, headaches, low white blood cell counts, and elevated liver functions. One illness can be confused for the other, and health care resources are used up in the process. “It adds another level of diagnostic confusion,” he says. It means taking the necessary precautions becomes more important now, but the upside is one repellent is effective for both insects.

What are some common tick- and mosquito-borne illnesses?

This list isn’t exhaustive, but common infections associated with ticks include Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, and babesiosis. They all can occur nationwide, but the highest concentrations are in the northeast and Midwest. Borrelia miyamotoi is relatively new and rare, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, so questions about where it’s most prevalent are still being explored. And with Rocky Mountain spotted fever, over 50% of cases come from five states in the southeast and Midwest.

Common mosquito infections include malaria, Zika, West Nile, and Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE). The CDC

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