When you practice self-love, it is not about being self-absorbed or narcissistic. It’s all about getting in touch with our authentic self, accepting who and what you are and finding your happiness.
Practice self-love so you can let go of your self-limiting beliefs and live a life that has no limits.
When people are depressed and at their lowest point, they are often bombarded with negative thoughts. The only thing that will pull them up from a downward spiral is to practice self-love.
So how do you practice self-love? We’ve gathered the most simple ways to get you started.
Stop comparing yourself to others
When you compare yourself to others, you are not practicing self-love.
First of all, it is highly detrimental to your self-confidence. For example, you’re in casting audition and you see other models. Then you started comparing yourself, telling yourself that they’re prettier, taller, etc.,
And you start to think that the casting judges will choose them over you. NOW STOP. DON’T.
Don’t do that to yourself. When you compare yourself to others, you focus on your greatest flaws and compare yourself to someone you don’t know. You’re doomed to fail before you even had a chance to get started.
And the same goes for social media. People post their best moments, the places they go to, their success. You can’t compare their success to yours. You never know how they feel or what they’re really going through.
Instead, spend your time and strength to nourish and create your own path.
Surround yourself with people who lift you up
Does your inner circle inspire you? Does your family support you and want what’s best for you?
Just because you’ve been friends for a long time, doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of time with a person, especially when that person does not make you feel good.
Same goes with family-just because they are your family it doesn’t mean you have to take in everything they’re saying.
Let’s face it, some friends and families are toxic. Yes, we love them but sometimes they’re not good for our soul and our mental well-being.
Choose who you spend your time with, practicing self-love means you don’t have to endure an uncomfortable or uneasy situation. Be with people who lift you up, inspire you, support you, and want the best for you.
Practice self-love by creating healthy habits
This is the part where you concretely show self-love, by taking care of yourself. Watching what you eat and what you do to your body.
You don’t have to go on a diet to lose weight. If you feel deprived, watch what you eat. Eat clean and the rest will follow. Treat your body as a divine vessel.
Do your self-care tasks not because you need to “get it done” but because you care about yourself.
If you don’t feel like doing a full, hardcore workout, maybe you can go for a walk during sunset. Create and practice habits that are good for your physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
Apply the KonMari method
The Konmari method teaches us to be grateful and let go of the things that no longer spark joy for us. This does not only apply to material things, but this also applies to relationships and other aspects of life.
For more information about the Konmari method, you can check out our article here.
Cleaning out your closet is as therapeutic as cleaning up your life. It feels like it! It positively affects your mind.
By letting go of clothes, shoes, etc. that remind you of a certain point your life that links to a negative vibration, you let go of that memory as well and you are making room for new ones. Let go of the past and embrace your future.
Practice self-love by letting go of your negative thoughts
Stop worrying, because when you do, you let negative thoughts enter your mind.
Fair enough… some worries are valid and sometimes it’s a wake-up call for us to do something different-right now. But most of the time, we worry about things that are out of our control.
We worry about the weather, the inflation of basic commodities, or about the traffic light that makes us late for work every day.
Train your mind to see the good in everything. Train your mind to be grateful EACH DAY. Later, you’ll notice that you stopped worrying.
Loving yourself means you don’t let negative thoughts and emotions sabotage your day.
Accept your flaws and embrace them
You don’t need to admire everything about yourself to practice self-love; all you need is acceptance.
Not all of us are blessed with skills or talent. Some can’t dance, some can’t sing, some don’t like their size.
It’s all about a matter of acceptance. Your flaws are a huge part of you and you don’t have to feel bad about them. Being imperfect is normal, not the end of the world, and your flaws do not make you less as a person.