Putting yourself first can be tricky, but we’ve got it covered.
Self-love and being kind to yourself is something that many of us struggle with. However, the key to happiness while you’re at uni is learning to prioritise yourself and your needs over the needs of others when necessary. This can be tricky, but we’ve got all the tips you need to learn how to put yourself first and practice self-love.
Luckily, to make it easier you can grab a limited-time only 25% student discount at Lovehoney so you can treat yourself to new sex toys, lingerie, sexual wellness essentials and more to help you feel confident and happy in your own body.
So, if you’re looking for some advice on how to prioritise self-love this freshers, here are our best tips.
1. Make time for yourself each week
University can be busy with deadlines, hobbies and socialising which can often lead to little time for yourself. So, make sure that as soon as your lectures start you’re allocating enough me time each week. If you’re someone who relies on a planner to plan out your week, make sure you’re blocking out a few hours here and there for whatever you want to do to make yourself feel good and happy.
Of course, this personal time can be for anything you want that makes you feel relaxed, from a long bath, reading, drawing or exploring with new sex toys–– but whatever it is, make sure you’re giving yourself enough free time each week to do it! Lovehoney has loads of great toys for prioritising self-care so you can easily find something that really works for you.
2. Learn how to put yourself first
Whether it’s in romantic relationships or platonic friendships, it’s important to learn when to put yourself first. While supporting your friends or partners is an important part of a healthy relationship, you also need to know when to say no and when to prioritise yourself.
The good thing about university is that you’ll be forming lots of new relationships with people, which makes it easy early on to learn how your needs fit in with theirs and when it’s time to prioritise yourself. Sometimes, saying no is necessary to protect your peace and being able to respect your time is the key to self-love.
3. Feel confident and comfortable in your own skin
Okay, this can be a hard one but Lovehoney has got you covered when it comes to self-confidence. With lingerie for all body types and occasions and a range of sex toys to help you look and feel confident in yourself, you can treat yourself to something new to help you embrace your own skin and love what you see.
Confidence is often the key to self-love and even if you don’t feel confident every day, learning to love yourself as you are is the first step to achieving that self-love that you deserve every day.
4. Set boundaries
Whether you’re casually or actively dating, it’s important to set boundaries early on. Dating can be great fun, but setting boundaries can help to keep you happy and enjoying your dating life. After all, it’s your life, so working out what you want and don’t want is important.
Even if you don’t want anything serious from your dates, healthy relationships with other people are built on setting boundaries for them to respect and you don’t owe it to anyone to do anything that you don’t want to do.
If for you dating is about meeting new people and you’d rather not make it sexual, then communicate this boundary early on. Or, if you do want to explore casual sex with multiple partners make sure you’ve got your boundaries in place and are exploring safely. By knowing your boundaries and respecting others, you can feel confident in knowing you’re getting what you want and need from other people.
5. Take care of your body
Taking care of your body goes much further than wanting to eat better or exercise. In fact, your sexual health and wellness are often the key to a happy and healthy attitude and if you’re prioritising this then you’re sure to feel 10x better. Lovehoney has lots of advice on their blog on how you can improve your sex life to make it feel better for you, as well as plenty of great toys and products to help you put yourself first always even when exploring with other partners.
Don’t forget to check out our limited-time only 25% student discount with Lovehoney to treat yourself to something new to help you prioritise self-love this uni year!