Throughout our lives, we may fall in and out of love with ourselves many times. Sometimes we cannot realize just how special we are because we’re either too busy focusing on the negative things in our life or we’re surrounded by pessimistic people who are constantly criticizing and trying to bring us down. Every time we have a negative thought about ourselves, we temporarily lose sight of our true nature and we become our own worst enemies. That’s why it’s very important to learn to accept and love ourselves with all of our flaws and imperfections.
Loving ourselves is essential to our personal growth and developing healthy and happy relationships with others. So, if you’re struggling to love yourself first, here are some simple tips as to how to start embracing your true worthiness and love yourself a little bit more each day!
Be Kind to Yourself
Before you can show kindness and love to anyone else, you need to practice self-love and be good to yourself first. Be gentle with yourself and learn to embrace all of your flaws and weaknesses. Focus on your strengths and your abilities, and let go of any harsh judgments or comparisons to others. By accepting your negative as well as your positive qualities, you free your energy to focus on more productive endeavors.
No one is perfect and no one has it all. Embrace your imperfections and give yourself a break. Don’t set mentally and emotionally high standards for yourself and accept the fact that mistakes and bad choices are also part of your journey. Don’t feel guilty or ashamed about something you said or did in the past – forgive yourself for what you think you did and focus on what you will do starting today.
If you ever find yourself thinking negatively, shift gears and just focus on gratitude. Gratitude puts situations into perspective, helps us realize what we have, strengthens relationships, improves health, and makes us happier. So, make a list of everything you’re grateful for in your life and count your many blessings. Even though you won’t always get what you want in life, remember that there are many people who will never have what you have right now. Be grateful for what you have and will immediately start loving yourself more.
Get Rid of the Negative Influences in Your Life
One of the most important things you need to do in order to start loving yourself again is to get rid of all the negative influences in your life. This means that you need to distance yourself from critical and judgmental people who bring you down. Don’t waste your precious time on people that disrespect you and try to manipulate you. Know your worth and surround yourself only with supportive and fun friends who are easy to be around.
Being active is great for your physical health, but it’s also good for your mental well-being. Regular exercise releases endorphins that contribute to your level of happiness and bring you a sense of greater self-esteem and self-confidence. When you’re active, you feel more energized, more optimistic and ready to tackle daily situations that are otherwise irritating. You can choose any activity you like: light exercise, jogging, hiking, or just a quick stroll around the block – any type of physical activity is good and will immediately help you feel better about yourself.
Take More Time to Do the Things That Make You Happy
A good life is about making a decision every day to do something that makes you extremely happy. For instance, if your friends call you up and say that they want to go out, you don’t have to say yes. If you wanted to stay inside and read a book, watch a movie, or bake a cake, do that! Stop making decisions based on what you feel you should be doing and do the things you genuinely want to do – things that make you happy.
Meditation can boost your mood and self-esteem, so take a few minutes once a day to just close your eyes and breathe deeply. Meditation can help you to transform a lack of self-esteem into self-acceptance and inner confidence. Through meditation, you will get to know who you really are and you will learn to accept and embrace yourself just as you are. You will find out that your insecurities, fears, and doubts are only superficial as you begin to connect with a deeper place of trust and self-worth.
Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
Each of us has our own comfort zone that keeps us calm, safe, and comfortable. However, staying in our comfort zone keeps us stuck with low self-esteem and that’s why it’s really important to step out of it. Get out of your comfort zone and do all the things you were scared to do before. Even if you don’t get it right the first time around or you make a mistake, you will certainly learn and get something out of the experience. Every time you try something new, you allow yourself to be open to whatever experiences arise and you are learning and improving your life skills.
When was the last time you complimented yourself? So many people struggle with their image and self-esteem and don’t realize that they are precious and worthy. So, take a deep breath and pay yourself an amazing compliment today. Say it out loud, smile and look at yourself in the mirror. Doesn’t that feel wonderful? Try complimenting yourself every day and you will notice that you will become much more confident and cheerful in just a few days.
Life without fun and excitement is dull. Sometimes we all need to forget about our daily responsibilities and just live in the moment and have fun. If you feel a little stuck and worthless right now, look for something fun to do and you will instantly feel that your life is exciting again. There are so many ways to add more joy and fun in your life – pick up a new hobby, travel, learn a new language, spend some time your family, or find new friends. If your want your life to be fun and exciting, surround yourself with people who live fulfilling lives.