When I accept myself, I am freed from the burden of needing you to accept me -Dr. Steve Maraboli
I want you to concentrate on self-love. Self-love is taught to us as children and as we grow we begin to nurture everything within us, both good and bad.
Self-love requires you to be honest about your current choices and thought patterns. Self-love is not selfish, but it forces you to undertake new practices that reflect self-worth.
Now, here’s something to think about. Self-love, self-respect, self-worth...What do these words have in common? There is a reason they all start with “self” because you cannot find them in anyone else.
Here are some ways to practice self-love:
• Find some ME TIME
• Create a pamper me day (new hairdo, manicure, pedicure, favorite meal)
• Write in your journal (self-reflection time)
• Read an inspirational book
• Take a long walk alone or with a friend
• Take a nap
• Take a hot bubble bath
• Relax and do nothing
Self-Love Pep Talk:
Look in a mirror today and say these words out loud – I love myself today because I am beautiful, I am strong, I am powerful, I am fabulous, I am unique, I am blessed, I am smart. Repeat 3 times. Now, be creative and create your own personal affirmations to describe yourself. Allow this to be your pep talk in the morning, repeat it throughout the day, and you can even post them at home/at work.
Remember, you cannot truly love another person until you know how to love yourself. Loving yourself enough to realize you deserve a happy and fulfilled life.
Well, I challenge you today to practice self-love and appreciate yourself just the way you are. When you learn to love you, then others will love you the way you deserve to be loved in return.