Do you love yourself? I hope you do. I know that I love myself. But with so many acts of violence and negativity in the world, it makes me wonder if the root cause of such negativity is a lack of self-love. True love for oneself. Not the narcissistic, egotistical sorts of unhealthy love which fuel selfishness and greed. I’m referring to self-love in its purest sense. For how can we truly love others if we do not love ourselves?
To love yourself is to have regard for your own well-being and happiness. Practising self-love involves taking time to treat yourself well. But before you can do this, it is crucial that you know your own self worth. Quite simply, you must understand and believe that you are a person of value, who is worthy of love. You ARE deserving of love. Believe that and tell yourself that everyday. You have to love yourself first before you can expect anyone else to love you as well.
If you have forgotten your worth, I am here to remind you of it. And just like everything else, loving yourself takes practice. You can easily practise any or all of the ways that I am about to tell you. There’s one for every day of the week!
Here are 7 easy ways to love yourself:
Take time for your favourite hobby
Is there an activity that you particularly like to do? Do you love to read, write, sing, dance, draw, knit, sew, make crafts, or listen to music? Perhaps you enjoy more physical activities like playing sports. So do it. Whatever the excuse you had for not doing it before, shove it aside, get up and get on it. Spend time doing what will make you happy.
Your diet plays a huge part in how you act and feel. When you eat ‘bad’ foods you generally do not feel as well as you do when you eat healthy foods instead. Loving yourself involves treating your body well by eating well. I’m not saying to cut out all ‘junk’ food, but reduce your intake of unhealthy substances and pay more attention to your nutrition. You may be surprised at how much better you feel about yourself when you eat a more balanced diet.
Go to the hairdresser
You can practise self-love by investing in your appearance. Don’t you feel awesome when you have a fabulous new hairstyle? Doesn’t looking good give you a boost of confidence and joy? It certainly does for me and I’m sure for many of you as well! Love yourself by projecting an image that makes you happy and proud. Even if you cannot afford to go to a hairdresser or barber at the moment, you can perhaps have a friend do your hair or style your hair yourself (hopefully, you have some skill).
Go to the spa
Similarly, if you want to practise self-love, invest in things that make you feel physically good. This could be going to a spa, getting a relaxing massage (which is a great health benefit), and having your nails done. Conversely, you can paint your own nails at home to save costs and soak in a bubble bath if you have a tub.
Read something light and entertaining
Love yourself by keeping your mind active. Feed your imagination. Read a good book to make you laugh. This could be anything from a memoir to chic-lit to romance. I would recommend something light and amusing.
I recently finished reading “Bridget Jones’s Baby” by Helen Fielding and it certainly was entertaining! British humour is so amusing and Bridget is such a character! If you have never heard of “Bridget Jones” and the series of books and movies and you like chic-lit, romance and humour, then you are certainly missing out! But don’t worry – I am here to help. You can easily check out “Bridget Jones’s Baby” and purchase it on Amazon by using this link.
Watch a movie
Continue to stimulate your mind and increase your happiness by watching a ‘feel-good’ movie. Perhaps you’ve been putting off going to the cinema due to time constraints or a number of other reasons. Whatever the reason, it is important that you remember that you need to take time out for yourself. Love yourself by taking time out of your schedule to do what you want. If you like movies, go watch one. Or watch one at home. Watch a movie that relaxes you and makes you happy.
Visit a friend
Let’s not forget human interaction! You can practise self-love by spending time with people who you love. Call a friend if you can’t visit him/her in person and have a nice happy chat. Make it an actual phone call rather than text. The age of rapidly advancing technology has unfortunately made too many of us almost afraid of real life interactions. If we communicated more in person, it would probably have a positive effect on the amount of love we have for others and ourselves. So go visit a loved one and treat yourself to some human interaction!
There you have it!
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I hope you find these useful. If so, feel free to let me know. Also, do share this with anyone who you think needs to practice more self-love. I intend to make this a series so stay tuned for more!
Read the last article here on How to Celebrate Women Everyday.
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