Self-Love: regard for one’s own well-being and happiness.
Can you think of a time when you were so disappointed in yourself, thinking “what is wrong with me?” or replay your flaws over and over in your mind? You go deeper and deeper into a dark hole and talk negatively to yourself: I can’t get anything right. I never stop complaining. I don’t like myself. How we speak to ourselves determines our confidence level and emotions.
“The greatest responsibility is to love yourself and to know you are enough.”
By practicing self-love you will have less anxiety/depression and recover better from stress. I have listed some ways you can practice self-love.
- Set boundaries: learn to say no to people or things that deplete you.
- Practice good self-care: take better care of your basic needs (healthy activities, proper sleep, good nutrition, exercise, healthy social interactions)
- Protect yourself: no one will look out for you the way you can. Only let the right people into your life and get rid of those who take pleasure in your pain.
- Forgive yourself: we all make mistakes! We are our own biggest critic. Learn and grow from your mistakes. See them as a lesson.
- Practice mindfulness: know what you think, feel and want. Take action based on your knowledge.
- Determine your “needs” vs “wants”: A need is something you must have to survive. A want is something that is nice to have but you can live without.
- Stop Comparing yourself to others: break the habit of feeling insecure, envious, and discontented with your life. Remind yourself that you see the highlight reel, everyone is fighting a battle of some kind.
- Set intentions: live with purpose. You will feel good about yourself if you strive to live a meaningful and healthy life. Your intention can change daily or remain the same long term.
Try to incorporate these self-love tasks into your daily life. You will experience a positive change!