Importance of Self-Love
Self-love is one of the most important components for living a healthy and happy life! Yes, it’s not easy (in fact it can actually be pretty hard), and some days may be easier than others, but it takes practice……you need to conscientiously practice self-love!
What is self-love?
It’s reminding yourself that you are worth it! Your needs deserve to be met and your passions pursued. It is reminding yourself that you are enough! You deserve the time, energy and effort to spend on yourself to change your life for the better.
Why is it important?
It can sometimes be so easy to pour our love into others around us, without realising that we aren’t giving ourselves that same love. How often do you put yourself first? We often find ourselves giving to others (which of-course is a great thing), but then we forget to give to ourselves (not a good thing). Your relationship with yourself is the most important relationship you can have! Everyone has imperfections and flaws, but once you start loving yourself and accepting these, it is such a freeing and empowering feeling!
Self-love isn’t one size fits all…some people need to focus on one aspect more than another but….
Here are some helpful tips to get you started:
- Be your own best friend: You tell your best friend how good they look, how funny they are how clever they are, which is easy to do because you want to make them happy and you appreciate them! Well…start telling yourself these things, start complementing and appreciating yourself! Be your own best friend, not your own worst enemy!
- Do something each day that will make you laugh: Laughing always makes you feel happy and is proven to improve your mood, as well as helping us distance ourselves from our worries! So, look for things that make you laugh, watch a film, read a book, speak to a friend!
- Comparison is the thief of joy: Whether you’re comparing your job, your bank, your body or your abilities, comparison often promotes unhealthy competition. When we are comparing ourselves to others, we are often running ourselves down and making ourselves feel inadequate. It’s often a hard habit to break, but if you can start trying to stop making unhealthy comparisons you will find yourself feeling a lot happier. Try and admire what friends or colleagues may have without comparing it to your own life, and practice gratitude (be thankful for everything you have, even the smallest of things). And don’t forget social media nearly always only displays idealistic aspects of peoples' lives!
- Forgive Yourself!