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How To Love Yourself: 7 Ways To Practice Self-love

How To Love Yourself
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Loving yourself is not a selfish gesture. You do no offense if you choose to indulge in self-love.

By loving yourself you get to know who you are and what your likes and dislikes are. You get into a process of self-discovery and explore your strengths and weaknesses.

If you love yourself, you realize your worth, identify your needs, and gradually overcome life difficulties and stressors. As a result, you will stay emotionally and mentally stress-free and physically fit.

As human beings, the problem lies in the ability to decipher the true meaning of self-love. It is because in our daily life hassles we forget to live for ourselves. We run after a secure job, a good salary, and crave a cosmic lifestyle. But do we ever realize that these make us ‘happy ‘in the true sense?

You might get bewildered if asked this same question.

Yes, that’s what it is.

We get so immersed into the cacophony of busy work-life schedules, familial and relationship commitments we forget to live a moment for ourselves.

If you are doing the same then remember these 3 words- ‘pause’, ‘recharge, and ‘restart’.
‘Pause’ to re-discover yourself.
‘Recharge’ to rectify your flaws.
‘Restart’ to build a better future.
These are just an initial step towards the process of loving yourself.

Try to follow these 3 words because loving yourself might not be easy. There are many toxic people around who would make you feel selfish for loving yourself.

Do not get swayed by what others think of you.

Do not wait for someone’s approval.

Do not conform to their desires. You might feel guilty but keep in mind, it is your life and happiness that matters not others.

So steal some time and find out the ways to love yourself. You need to know these few things.

Practice 7 ways to love yourself unconditionally

Here are some tips to love yourself. Let’s have a look.

1. Must have an urge and realize the need to love yourself

In terms of psychology, you can only achieve your goal when you have the motivation to win it by identifying the need to reach the goal.

In the same fashion, when you have the innermost urge to add some flavor to your monotony, then only you would have the urge to engage in self-love and care routines.

2. Acceptance of one’s ‘real self’ and emotions

It is often difficult to accept your ‘real self’ and emotions especially during turmoil or a conflicting situation. Many tend to escape their predicament rather than accepting them.

The scenario can be different if you allow yourself to encounter the odds. This would not only help you to fight back against all of your troubles but also make you face your inner self, your self-power, and your limitations.

On the other hand, learn to welcome your negative emotions instead of shoving them away.

3. Try to change your perspective towards others and the outside world

Every individual is unique in their way. So if your perspective does not match with people around you then there is nothing to feel anxious about.

There is no need to change their viewpoint. Learn to ignore people who are a hazard to your mental health.

You neither can change the world nor the mental state of others. Hence, better be yourself. Love the way you are rather than being the way others love you.

4. Reward yourself to boost self-confidence

Be your judge. Treat yourself if you get a promotion at work or get a good job opportunity or academic success etc. In case of failures or disappointments check your activities by identifying your mistakes.

This would assist you to raise your standards to do better hard work than the previous one. It would not only help you to improve your self-confidence but also explore your skills and virtues.

5. Prioritize your hobbies and interests

There is nothing more thrilling if you get to furnish your hobbies and fields of interest. Find out one for yourself.

Revive your hobbies that might have long-buried under a load of your work pressure and relationship commitments.

Track new points of interest. Utilize your spare time by enjoying things that make you happy and lift your mood.

6. Pamper yourself by maintaining a self-care routine

A proper self-care routine is the best way to rejuvenate your soul and comfort your body. Self- care routine can be:

  • A visit to a parlor and getting a spa.
  • Take good care of your body parts by manicure and pedicure.
  • Practice regular yoga and meditation
  • Take a long walk alone or with your pet if you have one.
  • Read a book or write a story, poem, or journal
  • Maintain a diary to put down your thoughts and pent-up emotions.
  • Spend some alone time at a movie theatre or go for a trip.
  • Lastly, try to introspect about yourself.

Read more : 6 “Me Time” Ideas and Benefits of It

7. Catch up with old friends or make new ones

Old friends are as fresh as a bottle of old wine. You are just a phone call or a text message apart in today’s world to catch them and revisit your glorious days of fun and excitement.

Go out for a lunch date with yourself or with your friends to take a stroll down memory lane.

You can even enhance your contacts by making new friends and have some good quality talk. Meeting new people provides the scope to exchange novel ideas and opinions.

You might get to reinvent yourself through someone else’s lens.

Loving yourself is the key to happiness. So give way to it.

Now, ask yourself which tip you need to follow to love yourself.

 

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Written by Alecia Bennett

I hold a master's degree with a clinical psychology specialization. Currently pursuing school counseling courses. I have attended various programs related to mental health issues. A person who takes a keen interest in writing anything about the human mind and behavior.

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