(GivenUs.com) – By now, you’ve probably heard that you should love yourself more times than you can count. Self-love is important for your self-esteem, self-worth and even your relationships. But loving yourself isn’t always as easy as deciding you’re going to do it. It takes work, but with a little effort, you can begin your self-love practice.
Check out this short video to learn a few healthy habits to strengthen your self-love:
Keep in mind that practice doesn’t really make perfect, but it does make progress. You probably won’t wake up one day and be filled with a sense of self-love that never falters. You’re only human, and some days, loving yourself might be a struggle. When you hear “self-love practice,” remember that every act of self-love is progress in the right direction. Just keep going.
Here are a few more ideas to help you learn to love yourself.
Don’t Be a Bully
The words you say to yourself have power. When you use kind words, you promote self-love and self-compassion. When your inner dialogue is negative, you might be bullying yourself. This isn’t good for you. Learning to stop your inner bully is a big part of cultivating self-love.
Loving yourself doesn’t mean you’re a perfect person. It just means you love yourself — flaws and all. Accept that you will make mistakes, even on your self-love journey. Showing compassion for yourself when your human flaws trip you up is essential to your practice.
Make Healthy Choices
How well are you taking care of yourself today? Every time you make a healthy choice, you’re showing love for yourself. Drinking enough water, eating healthy food and even getting exercise can be acts of love for you. Consider the choices you make during the day. Do they show you love, or do they dismiss your needs? Learning to make healthy choices for your body and mind will help you nurture that little seed of self-love.
Be Your Own Best Friend
There are no magic words that will make you love yourself, but positive affirmations and positive self-talk can’t hurt. Learn to be your own very best friend. Support YOU the way you’d support your closest friend — with kindness, love and encouragement. By learning to champion yourself, you’re also growing that self-love.
Like anything you try to learn, expect struggle and setbacks as part of your journey. It may take time, and it will certainly take effort, but the payoff is worth every ounce of energy you put into it. The relationship you have with yourself will be the longest, most enduring of your life. Let it be a loving one.
~Here’s to Your Success!
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