One of the most empowering and freeing things you can do for yourself is to learn how to practice self-love.
Self-love is an essential skill that allows you to nurture and care for yourself, setting boundaries as needed. When you have a strong foundation of self-love, you are able to give and receive love more fully. You are also better equipped to deal with difficult emotions and situations.
There are many ways to practice self-love. Here are some suggestions:
1. Learn how to accept compliments graciously. This may seem like a small thing, but it’s actually quite important. When someone pays you a compliment, they are acknowledging something positive about you. Accepting their compliment gracefully shows that you are comfortable with who you are and that you appreciate their sentiment.
2. Make time for yourself every day. Whether it’s taking a few minutes to meditate or going for a walk in nature, find something that helps you relax and connect with yourself.
3. Be mindful of your self-talk. We all have an inner critic, but it’s important to counterbalance that voice with positive self-talk. Whenever you catch yourself thinking negative thoughts about yourself, reframe them in a more positive light. For example, instead of “I’m so fat,” try “I love my body just the way it is.”
4. Practice acts of self-care. Treating yourself kindly sets the tone for how you’ll treat others. Make sure to schedule in time for activities that make you feel good, such as getting a massage, reading your favorite book, or taking a yoga class.
5. Set boundaries with others. You can’t pour from an empty cup, so it’s important to set boundaries with the people in your life. If someone is constantly draining your energy, it’s OK to distance yourself from them. Remember that you don’t owe anyone anything and you have the right to say “no.”
6. Be patient with yourself. Learning to love yourself is a process, and it doesn’t happen overnight. Be patient and gentle with yourself, and know that even on days when you don’t feel your best, you are still worthy of love and respect.