Do you love yourself?

Although not spoke about as often, we all need love. The funny thing is most people spend most of their energy on loving others around us. Such as family, friends, colleagues etc. the thing is that those around us can only provide us with so much love, and it comes as of and when they wish to show it.

There is where self-love comes in. it gives you the power and confidence to feel amazing about yourself whenever you wish, without being dependant on the love of others. Funnilyenough there are health benefits of self-love.

Benefits of Self-love

Apart from the obvious of the feel good factor, self-love can benefit your life in many ways, too:

  • Reduced Stress levels and Increase in Performance. Self-love reduces stress, lessens procrastination and reduces performance anxiety around deadlines.Without those last minute doubts about yourself, you can complete projects with all of your energy, rather than wasting some on procrastination and setting yourself up for failure.
  • Better Able to Deal With Adversity.People who practice self-love rebound from adversity faster than those who wallow in self-loathing. You can’t control what life throws at you, but you can manage your own response. People who feel good about themselves handle life crises better and move on to the good times faster.
  • Greater Life Satisfaction. Greater life satisfaction is associated with people who practice self-love. Appreciating yourself helps you appreciate your life. When you hold yourself in high esteem and know you are fulfilling your purpose in life, you tend to have more enjoyment and a more positive attitude toward the future.
  • Motivation for Healthy Habits. Self-love can motivate you to adopt healthy habits and take care of your physical self. It doesn’t mean you don’t see room for improvement, it just means you care enough to value all of the parts of you. You express your love for yourself by doing things that make you look and feel your best.
  • Better Mental Health. Mental health issues are more likely to resolve quickly — or less likely to develop altogether— for people who love themselves. Self-love can keep you from getting lost in your own head and going down a path toward negative thoughts and feelings. People who find themselves struggling with addiction or other mental health issues often need to develop a stronger positive relationship with themselves, and find that self-love can help lead them out of their disorders.

Ways to actually show love to yourself

Now it’s all good and well understanding the benefits it can provide but here are practical steps to actually show that love to yourself.

Recognizing the value of self-love is the first step to improving your quality of life. Adding more self-love to your life is the next thing you need to accomplish. Here are some tips to help you:

  • Understand and Define Your Own Beauty. Don’t wait until you lose weight or get the perfect hairstyle to love yourself. You can love yourself now bychanging your focus on what’s important. Start with one small feature and decide to love that part of you first. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but it’s uniquely you. You may decide to love your feet because they have carried you through life in heels and sneakers. They take a lot of abuse, but they continue to hold you up. Or, you might love your eyes because they have that unique coloration and sparkle you identify with.
  • Change Your Self-Talk. The little voice inside your head that can drag you down when you make a mistake must be changed. You probably wouldn’t talk that way to someone you love, so why say it to yourself? Replace that negative self-talk with something positive and up-lifting. When you make a mistake, try an encouraging phrase like, “It’s ok! I’ll just try again.”
  • Pamper Yourself. When your feet get wet in the rain, go home and put on dry socks. Be more aware of your physical condition and do things to comfortyourself. Wait for the water to get warm before washing your hands. When you’re tired after a long day at work, sit down and take a break before making dinner or doing other chores rather than just pushing through. These are small ways you let yourself know that your comfort and well-being are important.

Skills can be taught and untaught. As such, you can learn to love yourself and reap the benefits in your life. Making a conscious effort to improve your relationship with yourself can have many rewards. I would like to finish with the fact that we are only on this earth for a limited amount of time, and as beautiful as it is to give yourself to someone else – it’s just as equally important to love and appreciate yourself. Self-love

Relevant links to explore on the idea of self-love and worth

https://medium.com/mindvalley/why-self-love-is-as-important-as-loving-others-d8d352c7f1e2

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/love-yourself-science-study_n_5900878

Relevant books:

5 love languages

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EP28 – Do You Love Yourself?
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