Loving yourself and believing in what you stand for – is undoubtedly the best way to appreciate oneself! Self LOVE, definitely is one of the most essential developmental parts of the fabric of our being. It is what makes you, YOU! Embracing yourself the way you are and practicing the art of unconditional self LOVE is what will make you achieve boundless content and comfort that you have been seeking for!
Here is my personal prescription for Self LOVE –
1 Mindfulness! Be aware of what you are thinking, feeling, saying as often as you possibly can. Whenever you catch yourself focusing on the negatives, acknowledge it and turn your focus onto something positive. Remember, what you think is what you become! Hence, think positive! When you are mindful of your own thoughts, feelings and words, you begin to focus on yourself and not on the perception of others of you.
2 Positive affirmations – aka your new support group! These are positive phrases which you repeat to yourself that describe how you want to be (and aim to be!) In other words, it puts you in the driver’s seat of your mind and lets you flood it with positive information which will change you for the better!
Pro Tip – Something that I find to be helpful is writing down positive affirmations about myself on sticky notes and posting them on my bathroom mirror every morning.
3 Comparison is the thief of joy – DON’T DO IT! Look up to others without bringing yourself down. When you start comparing yourself with others, jealousy often becomes the partner in crime – blinding you towards the facts and realities of life. Comparison is scarring! It eats away your ability to be content and confident about yourself. Be happy with what you have and concentrate on magnifying your happiness by appreciating the little joys of life.
4 Eliminate toxicity in your life. It’s simple! If it isn’t nourishing your mind, body, or soul – unburden yourself with it. Not everything is worth your time and efforts!
5 Learn to forgive yourself. As humans, we are our own worst critics. Instead of crying about what is missing, use each opportunity, good or bad, to grow. Sometimes we just need to stop and remind ourselves that we are human! Be gentle with yourself!
6 Self-care is NOT selfish! Take care of yourself – mind, body, and soul. You are of no use to others if you are not caring for yourself first and foremost. Devote some time each day to yourself! Pick up a hobby, listen to music, indulge in meditation, go for a walk in the park – whatever works to keep your sanity.
7 Live your life with purpose! Set goals for yourself and challenge yourself. If you continuously set goals for yourself and work hard to achieve them, you will develop an appreciation and respect for yourself that no one else can give you.
It is true that you can only LOVE a person as much as you LOVE yourself. So begin this “LOVE-cycle” by loving yourself first! The more self LOVE you have for yourself, the better prepared you are for healthy-wholesome relationships. Even more, you will start to attract people and circumstances that support your verve, with no questions asked! (Well, what more can you wish for?)
Thank you for stopping by and have a “self LOVE” day ahead of you!