What does it mean to love yourself?
We’re more than willing to love the people in our lives. Even celebrate it. Why not celebrate self love too?
Say this out loud, “I love myself.” Did you do it? How did it feel? A little awkward?
One of the struggles in life [for many] is to love and embrace ourselves as we are, imperfections and all. We struggle to stop listening to that voice inside our head that whispers (sometimes screams) negative thoughts and self-doubt.
It’s time to discredit that voice and start to hear the whispers of worthiness, strength and confidence.
To love yourself means to accept and appreciate all that you are unconditionally. Think of it this way, instead of “I will love myself when __________” try “I love myself because I’m trying” or “I love myself enough to make sure I’m getting enough sleep.”
There are going to be moments of self-doubt and questioning ourselves. Right? The difference with loving yourself is not letting those doubts define who you are and what you can accomplish.
Give the things you like about yourself the power they deserve.
If the “feelings” of loving yourself are uncomfortable. Maybe starting with actions would be a little easier. Actions that will lead to being more comfortable with the “feeling”.
10 Ways to Love Yourself
- Know how spectacular you are. Focus on the things you like about yourself.
- Make time for the things that fill your heart and set your soul on fire.
- Let go of mistakes. File them under GOOD TO KNOW and move on.
- Get out of your comfort zone. Don’t let fear and uncertainty hold you back from exploring new things and letting yourself learn and grow.
- Take care of your yourself. Make time to workout and nourish your body with foods that make you feel good from the inside out and give your body the sleep it needs.
- Focus less on winning the approval of others and basing your happiness on their approval. Look inward for your happiness.
- Surround yourself with positive and supportive people. The people you choose to have in your life should motivate, support and respect you.
- Stop body bashing as if it’s normal. I’ve seen a quote somewhere along the lines of “if we were as mean to our friends as we are to ourselves we wouldn’t have any friends”. It’s true. We say things to ourselves that we wouldn’t dream of saying to another person.
- Don’t compare your life to someone else’s. Chances are we’re only seeing a glimpse.
- Let compliments EMPOWER you. Embrace the kind words as they are intended instead of deflecting and down playing them.
Loving yourself isn’t a one time goal to be accomplished. It’s a process. A process to change a mindset that has created resistance to realizing all that you are is worthy of unconditional love and acceptance.
Remember. Self love isn’t selfish and shouldn’t be viewed as conceit.
Grab a pen and paper. Go ahead. I’ll wait.
Now, take a few minutes right now and think of three things you love about yourself. Write them down in your journal or on a sticky note.
I would love to chat:
Is saying “I love myself” uncomfortable? Does it feel awkward? What is one thing you’re going to do today because you love yourself?
be the best version of YOU