Self-love is both an attitude and an act. It’s how you view yourself, and how you live your life. Self-love is about tuning into your needs, honoring your body and boundaries and taking care of yourself mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Self-love is a daily practice – not a destination. It is through a practice of self-love that we move away from self-criticism towards a more peaceful relationship with ourselves. As we practice self love we treat our bodies with the honor they deserve for the miraculous work they do to keep us alive. An added bonus of pursuing self-love is that it will positively transform your self-care behaviors. The more you love and respect yourself, the better you will care for your physical body. A loving, respectful relationship with your body allows you to listen to and trust it to guide you in making healthful, balanced self-care choices.
You can show yourself some self love and self care with one or all of these exercises:
- Practice Compassion. Everyday look at yourself in the mirror- look into your eyes and repeat:
“I totally love and accept myself as I am here and now”
- Appreciate More. Write down a list of everything you can think of that you are especially thankful for and especially appreciate having in your life. Put it somewhere you can read it daily and add to it as you are inspired by more good things coming your way. This exercise focuses on opening your heart, expanding your awareness of prosperity and increasing your ability to manifest to appreciate more.
- Surround Yourself With Supportive People. The people you surround yourself with play an important role in your health and happiness. They can contribute to the joy in your life or it can feel as though they steal it. Include more people in your life that you trust, who have your heart in mind. Who are the people in your life that support you now? Who do you spend the most time with?