Self love is all about connecting with yourself and rediscovering yourself. It means to forgive and move on, to be kind and gentle on yourself, and being able to pick yourself up when you’re at the lowest. Self love is like an appraisal, by you and for you.
Here are 7 ways to practice self love and take care of yourself.
Just like you cleanse your wardrobe, it is essential to cleanse your system as well. Get rid of thoughts that make you angry or sad. Divert your mind; focus on things that you like to do, spend time with people who make you happy. Get rid of toxic relationships/ friendships and cleanse your soul of the burden of negativity and start practicing self love.
2. Say no to comparisons
Comparing your life to anyone else is the worst you can do for self love. And also comparing yourself to what people show on social media is the biggest mistake that you can do. It is so easy to get deceived in this world where people just show their best moments and filtered versions of themselves. Get inspired, but try and not to get affected by the deceptive world that can be so negative.
3. Accept yourself and be proud
The world today is full of body shaming – you’re too thin, too fat, are you doing something to get rid of those acne marks, apply a fairness cream etc etc…. Accept yourself as you are, that’s the first step of self love. Those stretch marks on your arms or bony legs, dusky complexion or acne marks don’t define you. It might sound preachy but trust me body positivity is one of the biggest ways to practice self love.
4. Build your community
Positive energy is contagious, it spreads like wildfire. Build a network of people who encourage you to do better and get the best in you. Having a closed knit group of people who listen to you and understand not just your ups but also your downs will keep you going on the right path. We cannot do everything ourselves, and sometimes just having that one friend or special someone by your side is all the support that you need.
5. Set Boundaries
Set boundaries for personal and professional life. Whether it’s a relationship, friendship, or work, make sure to set boundaries for yourself and know that neither you nor anyone should be allowed to cross them. Crossing these boundaries will harm mentally and emotionally. So, set limits and adhere to them.
6. Forgive yourself
Forgiving yourself is one of the most difficult ways to practice self love. We keep blaming and punishing ourselves for our actions. Accept your humanness so that you actually start to love yourself. Yes, you can make mistakes repeatedly. But learn and grow from them, because that’s what matters.
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7. Give importance to self care
It is good to take time off yourself and give importance to self care. Take care of your body, mind, and soul. A healthy diet, social interactions that encourage and motivate you, meditation to keep yourself calm – yes these might sound cliché, but all these things put together do work wonders.
Hope these tips help you sail through confusion and tough times. Start by choosing at least a couple of these changes and you’ll notice a tremendous change in you. Be your first love and shower yourself all that affection.