We spend so much time working on the outside, whether it is our bodies, careers, relationships, skills, or goals. Working on the inside is just as important as working on the outside. Developing deep and lasting self-love, acceptance and compassion are extremely beneficial for your mental wellbeing and overall satisfaction with life.
Therefore, our team has come up with 8 effective ways to improve your self-love.
Look after yourself! Get enough sleep, drink your water, enjoy wholesome foods, schedule in ‘you time’, go on holidays, see your friends, and take up a hobby. It is important to value yourself enough to make self-care practices a regular part of your routine.
Use the Emotional Freedom Technique
If you’re ever feeling anxious or self-critical about a particular issue or problem, use EFT to release that negative energy and re-establish inner calm and peace. This can involve meditating, repeating a mantra or having positive affirmations around your home/workplace.
Connect with your Inner Being
We spend the majority of our lives basing our worth on titles and achievements. Our successes, failures, job title, relationship status or bank balances have to seem to become what is important is who we are. Your actual identity is something much deeper. You are beautiful, worthy and deserving – no matter what. Make time to connect with your inner being through yoga, journaling, meditation or getting lost in an activity you genuinely love.
Learn to Empathize with Yourself
Our inner voice can sometimes be very critical. We speak to ourselves in ways that we would never speak to others. Start treating yourself like you would a loved one. Be kind and gentle with yourself. Give yourself encouragement and celebrate your better moments.
Respect your Uniqueness
You are one of a kind. There is no one else like you on the entire planet and that is amazing. Allow yourself to be yourself. Flaunt your uniqueness.
Give Yourself the Space to Feel Emotions
When an event or person triggers a strong negative feeling inside of you, don’t let this get to you or feel suffocated by the suffering. Instead, surrender to the feeling. Observe where in your body you can feel the pain, with patience, love and an understanding that it is not who you truly are. Soon it will fade. Don’t let it consume you.
Practice Gratitude for Yourself and Your Body
Instead of focusing on what is ‘wrong’ with you, focus on all of the amazing aspects of you. Energy flows where attention goes, so the more you shift your perception towards positive attributes, the more of them you will uncover.
Remember the Common Humanity you Share with Everyone
There is a common myth that there is such a thing as perfect and we should all strive to be it. The truth is we are all human, flawed and prone to making mistakes as we navigate the world and learn and grow from our experiences. Realize you are not the only one who feels vulnerable, insecure and self-critical at times. We are all fighting our own demons and trying out best.
Now you have the tools to help improve your self-love. But you might be wondering? Why is self-love even important? Well, there are many reasons why loving yourself is vital. It has a significant effect on how we view and handle ourselves. If you didn’t have any role models or mentors who stressed the idea of treating oneself well as a child, you may have had doubts about its worth.
Well, if you don’t love yourself, you’ll probably be quite critical of yourself and succumb to people-pleasing and perfectionism. You’re more prone to put up with mistreatment or abuse from others. Due to your lack of respect for yourself, you might disregard your own wants and feelings. Additionally, you might self-destruct or decide against your own interests.
The basis of self-love is what enables us to be assertive, establish boundaries, forge good connections with others, engage in self-care, pursue our passions, and goals, and feel proud of who we are.
So go on you beautiful human being, go, love, yourself the way you deserve to be loved!