Gabriella Halikas Offers the No. 1 Self-Care Tip That Bears Repeating

The Swim Search finalist encouraged her Instagram followers to do this more frequently.
Gabriella Halikas

Gabriella Halikas.

Whenever we’re in need of an inspirational dose of wisdom, we frequently turn to the self-proclaimed “CEO of confidence,” Gabriella Halikas. On July 24, the 2021 Swim Search finalist shared some thoughtful words alongside a series of images of herself snapped after a recent staycation in Newport Beach.

“idk who needs to hear this but don’t forget to date yourself first!!!” she wrote. “treat yourself like a queen/king. take yourself to dinner. spend more time alone. take a weekend solo trip. go explore a new city or state. go for a long drive & solo adventure.✈️🚗🌄🌃🌆🚲🌴.”

The 26-year-old went on to share that in addition to taking trips alone, she enjoys journaling and trying new restaurants in order to treat herself well. “i truly believe solo trips are underrated,” she added. “hope this inspires at least one person to live their best life & spend more time alone💫❤️.”

“I love quality time with myself,” one of Halikas’s 216,000 IG followers commented. “If we can’t enjoy our own company how can we expect anyone else to 🙌🏼.”

“took myself on a breakfast date today and had a blast! 😍,” someone else added.

“Needed this ❤️,” Brian Femminella noted of Halikas’s suggestions.

“Could not agree more 👏🏼🤍,” Cara Alwill applauded.

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Cara is a trending news writer/editor for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. A passionate writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in print and online media, she loves storytelling and believes that words have the power to change the world. Prior to joining the team, Cara worked as a writer and editor across a number of content verticals, including food, lifestyle, health and wellness, and small business and entrepreneurship. In her free time, Cara loves reading, spending time with her family and making her way through Michigan’s many microbreweries. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.