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.

  1. Set boundaries: learn to say no to people or things that deplete you. 
  2. Practice good self-care: take better care of your basic needs (healthy activities, proper sleep, good nutrition, exercise, healthy social interactions)
  3. 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.
  4. Forgive yourself: we all make mistakes! We are our own biggest critic. Learn and grow from your mistakes. See them as a lesson.
  5. Practice mindfulness: know what you think, feel and want. Take action based on your knowledge. 
  6. 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. 
  7. 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. 
  8. 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!