7 Ways To Practice Self Love
Developing self love is essential if you hope to improve your relationship with yourself and the people around you.
/ˈˌself ˈləv/: noun — regard for one’s own well-being and happiness (chiefly considered as a desirable rather than narcissistic characteristic)
- Let your first thought of the day be a positive one
Whether it’s a positive thought about the weather, how great you look, or your favorite characteristic about yourself, always start the day on a radiant note. Your first thought and attitude will jumpstart your day in the right direction.
2. Surround yourself with the right people
Surround yourself with those who love you, encourage you to be the best you can be, and support you throughout your self-love journey. It’s hard enough to have yourself as a critic so remove any extra negative energy that may surround you. Just when those negative thoughts begin to creep in, surround yourself with people that will help you kick those thoughts to the curb.
3. Don’t compare
Everybody is unique. There is nobody else on this planet that is exactly like you so why compare yourself? The only person you can compare yourself to is you. Healthy comparison is a great motivator to stay on top of your goals, but remember, don’t let negative thoughts or comparisons consume you.
4. Celebrate ALL wins
Celebrate all of your wins big OR small. If you notice you’ve avoided negative self-talk during a situation where you normally would engage in it — recognize that! Celebrate it! Giving yourself a pat on the back and allowing yourself to appreciate all that you’ve achieved is an excellent way to show yourself some love.
5. Step outside your comfort zone
Comfort zones are comfortable for a reason. You know your abilities within it and it becomes a safe haven. Don’t be afraid to push yourself outside those zones because every time you do you’re achieving something you never thought you could! Have confidence in yourself and realize what you’re capable of.
6. Take time to clear your mind
Push back against society’s “go, go, go” mentality and take time for yourself. Even if it’s two minutes to just close your eyes…do it. You’ll be thankful you did. Taking time to breathe, relax, and clear your mind isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of self-love and appreciation.
7. Forgive yourself
Nobody is perfect and nobody is ever going to be perfect so cut yourself some slack. Celebrate your wins, but also learn and accept your losses. Value each loss, but don’t value yourself based off of that loss. You can do great things with yourself on your side.