Most often self love and self care are used interchangeably as if they are the same thing. Even though you wouldn’t have self love without self care, self love is a lifelong journey that requires consistent nurturing. Self love entails cultivating an attitude of gratitude and acceptance of your physical body and emotionally well being.
When you truly love who you are, just the way you are, right now, you will discover a divine and magnificent part of you. And be able to thrive in the full essence of your power as a wonderful being that you were created to be. Here are a few ways you can practice self love, today and everyday afterwards.
Take care of your body
Our bodies are a sanctuary that is meant to carry us day by day throughout our life time. So if you haven’t already, start nurturing and loving your physical body through all the changes.
Find ways to feel and be grateful for your body. Embrace every flaw and imperfection with love. Because in doing so you will allow yourself to find beauty in the imperfection. You will start to feel comfortable in your own skin. Which will allow you experience joy, happiness, love and freedom.
Take the time to celebrate and take care of your body. This can be in small ways like, not wearing heels because they make your feet hurt afterwards. Or drinking an extra glass of water because it will do good to your skin. Or doing a ten minutes workout.
When you find what works for you make it a habit. If you are consistent, you will start experiencing a deeper sense of self appreciation. And accept yourself regardless of all the imperfections.
Be kind, gentle and patient with yourself, like you would to a special friend. When you practice self compassion, you allow yourself to go through hard times with a sense of resilience. Knowing that no matter what happens you will handle it and come out stronger.
For example if you are grieving, it’s okay to be sad because that is part of life, accept it and believe that you will nature yourself back to full strength. If you have failed in something, take responsibility for the failure and learn from it. Remembering not to blame yourself because no one is perfect.
Celebrate and praise yourself for your achievements however small you may consider them to be. This doesn’t mean bragging or going around boasting about your talents or victories. Rather, it means acknowledging your positive qualities and being self aware.
For example, if you got a promotion at work, celebrate that. Or if you have been feeling low lately but have managed to get out of bed, took a shower and dressed nicely, this is a win, complement yourself for it. Just find small ways to tell yourself ‘thanks and well done’.
Also change the way you think about yourself. What we tell ourselves affects how we see the world around us. When you start feeding your mind positive thoughts, the world around you changes for the better.
It’s a given, at some point in our lives we make mistakes, some big, some small. Forgiving does take a day or two but you can make today the beginning of your journey. You will need to show yourself compassion, understanding and empathy to be able to let go and heal.
Be patient with yourself because forgiveness is a process. You will hurt, get angry, cry but eventually you will find that place of peace, peace so strong that even the things that once hurt will serve into making you better.
There are so many different ways to practice self love but I will leave you these and hope it makes a difference in how you love yourself.
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