5 Simple Self-Care Practices to Try If Your Love Language Is Acts of Service

Did you know that we all have different love languages?

All that means is that not everyone has the same expectations when it comes to their relationships. Therefore, when you understand what you demand from someone, and they know what they need from you, both parties can learn how to make the other happy, leading to better communication and more joy. Knowing your love language can also help you nurture your sense of self.

If your love language is acts of service, for example, you get a lot out of random acts of kindness, and small gestures that show that someone is thinking about you. When someone sacrifices their time for you, it shows that they truly care. But you don't have to wait on someone to treat you. You can also perform acts of service for yourself. Keep reading to find out five self-care practices that make this possible.

Buy Yourself a Treat

Ever see something you really would love to treat yourself to, but don't feel like you've earned? Every once in a while, it's good to indulge yourself and give in to the things that you want. Whether it's a sweet pastry or that tantalizing spa item you've had your eye on, it's okay to indulge as long as you cherish what you've received and savor the experience. Who says you shouldn't gift yourself for a job well done? You don't have to—and shouldn't—give yourself everything you want, but don't be afraid to splurge on yourself from time to time. Seriously, you deserve it.

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Cook for Yourself

Sure, ordering in can be a lot of lazy fun, but learning to cook your very favorite dish for yourself is an experience in itself. Not only can focusing on a task like preparing food be very therapeutic and zen-like, but the end result is a ridiculously tasty meal. It's a meditation and a treat all at once, and the more you practice, the better you'll get at making yourself happy.

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Set Some Goals

Turn your dreams into reality by setting some concrete goals for yourself. Maybe your goal is to be healthier, so you break that down into the steps of drinking more water, eating more veggies and going on a walk every day. That turns each of those small tasks into an act of service to yourself, making you feel more accomplished—and more loved—every time you do them. Figuring out actual goals you can act on to get what you want out of life can be tricky, but the longer you remain unsure about what you want, the further you're delaying your action. Just remember that the smaller you make your missions, the easier they'll become.

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Make Your Bed

Making your bed every morning when you get up may feel like a small action that wouldn't have much of a consequence on your greater life, but it'critical to starting your day off on the right foot. First off, it can give you a sense of accomplishment without too much effort. This good habit of tidying things up first thing will radiate into other aspects of your life as well, giving you momentum for a productive and mindful day. And when it's time to return to bed, you'll thank yourself for how cozy it looks before you snuggle back in.

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Volunteering is technically an act of service for others, so you might be surprised to find out how fulfilling it can be if you're the one who likes to be looked after. But by spending a little bit of time helping people, you'll discover that making others feel good makes you feel good, too. Find a cause you're passionate about and find out how you can contribute, even if it has to be virtually. You may find that the more time you put in, the more fulfilled you will feel.

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Do you also consider words of affirmation to be your love language? Click HERE to find out self-care practices for you.