Self -Love is Absolutely NOT Selfish! I began my self love journey last year when I turned 40. I’ve learned that it is one of the ultimate keys to Happiness. There are several scientific backed studies that supports the importance of why you should love yourself. Self- Love and Acceptance will give you mental clarity, help you to stop procrastinating, lower your risk for developing depression and/or anxiety and gives you greater satisfaction with your life.
4 Simple Ways that have helped me and can potentially help you to get started on your Personal Journey are…
- A Self-Love/Gratitude Journal. I enjoy reflecting and documenting all of the good things that I experience daily.
- Daily Positive Affirmations. After leaving my Emotionally/Verbally abusive Husband several years ago. I had NO self-esteem. I needed confidence and had to learn to love myself again. I started by reading really powerful books, speaking with a Therapist who taught me all about Mantras and Positive Affirmations. I reclaimed my confidence by learning to appreciate myself. I used Positive Self-Talk and Affirmations. Everyday for the last 10 years and to this day I still look in the mirror and repeat.. I am Strong, I am Beautiful, I am Confident, I Love and Appreciate ME, I am Loving and Kind, I am Good Enough, and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
3. Schedule Dates with Yourself. Our lives can get pretty hectic sometimes hell, slightly overwhelming. It’s ok to take out your Planner and schedule some alone time. I like to treat myself at least twice a month to some much needed “ME TIME”. This is time in which I like to treat myself to a day out. I like to go Shopping, have Brunch, Get Pampered, and Site See.
4. Meditation. This is my all time favorite. I meditate twice a day. I wake up 20-30 minutes early and listen to the (Headspace) app on my phone. I repeat this again before bed and it feels absolutely amazing to get positive vibes going before starting and ending my day.
There are several things that you can do to start loving on you! These are a few ways that I show my self Love on the regular.
My Inspiration started a few years ago when I read this article: What Self-Love Means: 20+ Ways to Be Good to Yourself by Banu Sekendur (Tiny Buddha) (click here) to read. This article as well as several others in addition to a few really great books helped me to learn what Self – Love and Acceptance is and how to positively find happiness. I highly encourage you to learn more, do what you love, and take time out to find Joy and Happiness. Life is too short.. it time to start Living and Loving You!
Feel free to share some of the ways that you exercise Self-Love in the Comments.